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Whittier’s trails can help burn off those extra holiday calories

WHITTIER – Between holidays it’s a time to enjoy with family and friends. It also means eating, so I thought I’d come up with some ideas for some physical fun to work on that “extra enjoyment.”

Whittier is blessed to have a number of great places to walk, hike and just check out.

If you haven’t walked the hills, now is the time, as long as it is not muddy. Suggestion: experience the Arroyo Pescadero Trail, which is right off Colima Road. It is relatively flat and I actually almost bumped into a bobcat. If you see one, it’s a great treat.

You can also check out Hellman Park, but parking can be a little crazy. It has beautiful views and is somewhat strenuous.

We also have the fun Greenway Trail, which is Whittier’s award-winning rails to trails project. It is in various segments and each segment has its own character. I suggest that you look at the Five-Points segment which is the three railroad bridges over the Five-Points intersection and this time of year, the central trestle has the new beautifully lit snowflakes.

Another segment which is a bit quieter starts at Palm Park and winds its way west through the residential neighborhood to Pioneer Blvd.

And you also need to check out the east end of the Trail at Mills Ave. Across Mills, which will be the beginning of the new eastward segment, there are some beautiful outdoor art pieces that are finely crafted and fit the surroundings very well, telling the Whittier story.

And if you really want to do some walking but you just can’t leave the urban landscape, there is a great little walking trail around the Whittwood Town Center starting at the KidSmiles Pediatric Dentistry that not only hits various stores but the furthest outreaches of the parking lot to give you those “extra enjoyment” miles.

Everyone have a Happy New Year, and we’re looking forward to 2020! See you next year.

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