Friday Photo – July 14, 2017

But love is much like a dam; if you allow a tiny crack to form through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current.
~Paulo Coelho

Today’s Friday Photo comes from Hahamongna Watershed Park (formerly Oak Grove Park), in Pasadena, California. The name, “Hahamog’na”, was that of a Tongva (now Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe) Indian chief who lived in this area in the 18th century. The name Hahamongna has lasted in places such as this large natural preserve, which provides the hiker with a variety of trails to enjoy. You can create your own hike here and it can be as short as two miles, or you can “mix and match” your trails to make it as long as you wish.

More specifically, this photo shows a southwesterly view of Devil’s Gate Dam and reservoir. The road which runs along the top of the dam is La Canada Verdugo Road. This road was the main auto route through this area, and was replaced by the original alignment of SR 118 (now Oak Grove Drive). You can see the railing of the old highway which rises just slightly higher behind the old road, and runs parallel with it. Today the high speed Interstate 210 Freeway replaces both of these routes, though Oak Grove Drive can still be driven on and La Canada Verdugo Road is now a really nice walking and nature trail.

The 300-acre Hahamongna Watershed Park is located in the historic Arroyo Seco, and from here you can hike down to the Rose Bowl if you so choose. You can also enjoy a round of Frisbee Golf on the Oak Grove Disc Golf Course which is known to be the first disc golf course in the world. The park is also a great spot to go “birding“. JPL is nearby and the campus can be seen from many of the trails in this area. Needless to say, this area has a rich history with lots of recreation to offer. Well worth the visit!

~ Photo taken February 2, 2013 4:33 pm

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