An Arroyo Runs Through It

There is perhaps no stretch of canyon and river in Southern California more historically and culturally significant than the 25-mile long Arroyo Seco (the Arroyo). Beginning at Re Box Saddle in the San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena, it runs south past the Rose Bowl through the communities of South Pasadena and Highland Park all the way to its confluence with the Los Angeles River by Dodger Stadium. However, despite the Arroyo’s importance, the landform is customarily overlooked by millions of uninitiated local residents and visitors, and often ignored by L.A. tour guides and maps.

This, in part, is because the Arroyo’s many fascinating points of interest are not physically interconnected in a way that promotes easy viewing or visitation

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Sarah Rothenberg
Outlook Article: To Protect and Preserve: One Arroyo Foundation Boosts Local Treasure

The newly formed, soon-to-be nonprofit organization recently kicked off efforts to raise $7 million to help unify the 900 acres of urban forest and its spotty trails, which run all the way down Pasadena’s westernmost edge, from the Arroyo Seco headwaters in Angeles National Forest to the Hahamongna area and the Lower Arroyo, descending to the Los Angeles River. One Arroyo is looking to provide about 22 miles of continuous trails with improved grading and proper signage to help hikers find their way and experience the great outdoors, just five minutes from home.

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Sarah Rothenberg