"Sierra Madre has a long history of being linked to the San Gabriel Mountains and Valley's old mountain resorts. The Sierra Madre Villa Hotel was a pioneer in summer resorts in the San Gabriel Valley. Also, the municipality operated and maintained "Lizzie's Trail", a landmark inn at Old Mount Wilson Trail."
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The city lies in the foothills below the southern border of the Angeles National Forest. Pasadena is to its west. Altadena is to its south. Arcadia is to its southeast. Sierra Madre is also known as “Wisteria City” and has a city seal decorated with a drawing of the well-known 500-foot (150-meter) tall vine.
Best time to visit Sierra Madre
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Sierra Madre for warm-weather activities is from late May to mid October.
Places to visit in Sierra Madre
There are plenty of places to see and visit around Sierra Madre. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Sierra Madre is a region where 19 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.
Bailey Canyon #1
This 9.8-km trail runs near Sierra Madre in California. It is considered difficult and takes on average 4 h 10 minutes to complete. You’ll be able to meet other hikers while exploring this popular area. You can visit the trail anytime of year. You can bring your dog, but they must be kept on a leash.
Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park #2
Scenic park features hiking trails, interpretive signs, picnic spots & a native botanical area.
Little Santa Anita Canyon #3
"Little Santa Anita Canyon, located in southern San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County, Southern California, is a canyon. It runs south from Mount Wilson to the town Sierra Madre. The Sierra Madre Dam dams Little Santa Anita Creek which flows through it."
Mount Wilson Trail Park #4
The trail begins just beyond the picnic shelter at Midgely Bridge. Then watch for signs to Wilson Mountain not Canyon Trail.
The best place to hike in Mount Wilson Trail Park is Bailey Canyon Trail to Mount Wilson Road and Trail Loop which has a 4.5 star rating from 90 reviews. This trail is 20.3 km long with an elevation gain of 1,428 m. It takes an average of 8 h 34 min to hike.
Lizzie’s Trail Inn and The Richardson House #5
John Richardson arrived in the Sierra Madre region in the early 1860s. He applied for a patent and was granted it. His ranch was in operation by 1864 and he was a regular fixture of the Sierra Madre community. He built two houses. Richardson House, the first house we recognize, is believed to have been the second. It was a two-room house with a main room that could be used for all purposes and one bedroom.
John built the house by hand without any power tools. However, he added a large porch to the front that captures the breeze and allows for relaxing after chores are done.
Nature Friends #6
Nature Friends Los Angeles is a social club, community and event venue in beautiful Sierra Madre, CA. It is part of Nature Friends International.
FAQ: Places to visit in Sierra Madre
What does Sierra Madre stand for?
The Spanish name sierra madre means “mother mountain range” in English, and occidental means “western”, these thus being the “Western mother mountain range”.
Why is the Sierra Madre a notable mountain range?
Ecology. This long range of tall mountains is noted for its abundant biodiversity and large number of endemic species of plants and wildlife, from the dry north to the wetter south. The Sierra Madre Oriental pine-oak forests are found at high elevations in the range (1,000–3,500 m or 3,300–11,500 ft above sea level).
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