Pasadena is a popular destination for Los Angeles residents that want to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. It is, after all, a short drive from the city center. However, not a lot of people know about Pasadena’s neighboring areas. La Crescenta-Montrose, in particular, is a hidden gem that is a stone’s throw away from Pasadena, which is a short, 12-minute drive.
This unincorporated community in Los Angeles County occupies just 3.43 square miles, where more than 18,500 people live. While small in size, La Crescenta-Montrose is big on attractions.
If you and your family are looking to escape the city for a fun-filled weekend, below are some of the best things to do in La Crescenta-Montrose.
- Explore the Deukmejian Wilderness Park
- Shop at Montrose Harvest Market and Marketplace
- Have tea at The T Room
- Learn and enjoy at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
- Discover La Crescenta’s history at Pickens Canyon Park
One of the best things about the La Crescenta neighborhood is its outdoor and green spaces. Deukmejian Wilderness Park sprawls across 700 acres boasting multiple hiking trails, 12 acres of footpaths, picnic areas, and stunning views of the Crescenta Valley and the Los Angeles basin. For experienced hikers, the Deukmejian Wilderness Park has access to the highest point in Los Angeles: the top of Mount Lukens, which is more than 5,000 feet high.
If outdoorsy activities don’t float your boat, La Crescenta’s Montrose Harvest Market and Marketplace is the destination for the entire family. Aside from picking up produce and handcrafted items from local farmers and artisans, Montrose Market has a petting zoo and a facility for pony rides! Indeed, Montrose Market is unmissable!
With all that exploring sure to make you hungry, La Crescenta has no shortage of dining options. For high tea or something lighter, tea time at The T Room is a must-visit. Located at the Montrose Shopping Park, The T Room is an authentic British tea parlor that hosts Prince & Princess Tea for the entire family to enjoy.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a little farther away from La Crescenta-Montrose. At La Cañada Flintridge, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory or JPL is NASA’s national research facility that hosts public lectures twice a month. If you like geeking out on everything space related, this place is worth the detour.
Picken Canyon Park is known as a repository for the neighborhood’s rich history. While there are no large playgrounds in this 8,000-square-foot park, it features displays that tell the story of La Crescenta’s interesting past. It’s a great place for a leisurely stroll as well.
It’s incredibly easy to fall in love with La Crescenta Montrose. If after a weekend in and around town, you’d like to know more about real estate options in the area, give Kathy of Coldwell Banker Realty a call at 818.949.5205 or send an email to info@kathy(at)imuragent(dotted)com. Let’s find your dream home in Glendale, CA today!