Did you know there's a lake high above L.A., on a trail offering views of downtown and Pasadena? Well, you're not alone. Ernest E. Debs Regional Park occupies 300 acres of old ranch land in Monterey Hills, a tiny neighborhood bordered by El Sereno, Montecito Heights and the equally tiny Hermon. Trek up the hill and you'll find the small but stunning hidden lake, which has clear waters, ducks and turtles as well as strategically placed benches around its perimeter. Though you can't swim in the lake, you can fish in it, and the surrounding five-mile loop trail is perfect for a run or hike. The trail also offers a great vantage point for watching the sunset.
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