31 March 2010


Sketches done out in the open for the month.

Foolishly heading up the canyon in the rain.

Bits of cabin foundation remaining along the burned creek.

The creek coming over the debris dam.

New growth in the nearby maples.

21 March 2010

Arroyo Seco

Angeles National Forest

Locate the trailhead.

The desire to see how Arroyo Seco has fared after the fire got the better of me and I had to go see. I think this is the first time back since that first hike with sketchbook in hand. Most of the trail is not, strictly speaking, open to the public. Much earlier along than the actual closure, the city had put up a road block to be annoying. Perhaps the city has closed the park between the city and the forest as well, but they didn't actually put up any informative signs about that. Usually they remember to try reason with you about how it's such a bad idea and threaten fines. These signs were just shouting "No! Not allowed!" which doesn't convince anyone who's already decided to go into the forbidden zone.

Many other people were also ignoring the signs. Maybe not as many as would usually be found there without the signs, but plenty of people. Dog walkers and joggers as well as hikers. I even saw a few runners up past the first water crossing. They were wearing no socks in their soaked but not water retaining shoes. Not that you can really tell if a runner is wearing no socks. Anyway, I took off up the paved road that starts off the trail, noticed that it was sloping downward more than I expected, took a more careful look around and realized it was the road to JPL, and backtracked back up the hill to the correct road that starts off the trail.

Hills above La Canada-Flintridge.
The fire ravaged hillsides and saved homes behind La Canada-Flintridge. The hlls and fire breaks are showing a little bit of green as the annuals come up in the spring.

The first tributary along, a somewhat large one, marked a sudden change in the quality of the roadway. Much debris had come down it in the couple of heavy rains we've had. It was deposited all over the road above the bridge but had been cleared a bit to allow cars to pass. Along the other side of the road, the main creek had undermined the bed significantly. Soon a debris strewn bridge over the main creek brought the road to the other side.

An ess curve.
A look at the somewhat swollen creek in an area where it has been somewhat tamed.

06 March 2010

Eaton Canyon

Altadena front country

Locate the trailhead.

I haven't been hiking in a few weeks and even though it wanted to rain again today, I went out. Even out into a canyon. Because I can now, I parked up at the top of Mt. Wilson Toll Rd. and passed through the long closed gate to the bridge, reducing my rock hopping crossings by one. In spite of the threatening rain which had even materialized once earlier, many people were out on the trail. I circled down from the bridge to the trail that passes under it to the falls.

A flow meter, of sorts.
Almost at the mouth of the canyon, there is a funny concrete thing like the one the fishermen in Fish Creek said was for measuring the flow of the river.

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