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Ascot Hills Park: The Eastside's Newest Outdoor Space

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By David Lockeretz of Nobody Hikes in L.A. / Special to LAist

East Los Angeles isn’t generally thought of as a hiking destination—but Ascot Hills Park may change that. The 93-acre park opened in the summer of 2011, and provides a great opportunity for recreation in an area of the city not typically known for its open space.

Hills on both sides of the park provide great views, which include downtown Los Angeles, Catalina Island, the San Gabriel Mountains, the Hollywood Hills, and on clear days, San Jacinto and San Gorgonio, some hundred miles east. There are several trails that provide a variety of routes. A nice 1.5 mile trip can be done by climbing the steep east ridge and heading north to a vista point (communications antennas get in the way of the view, but you can still see quite a ways). Then you can double back down to the lower area of the park, where you follow the main trail back to the lot.

Ascot Hills Park is located at 4815 Multnomah Street in Lincoln Heights. From I-10, take the Soto St. exit and head north for a mile. Turn right on Multnomah, drive 0.6 miles and turn left into the park. For more information about Ascot Hills Park, visit its page on the L.A. Parks Foundation’s web site.