History and Historic Sites of the Valley * Then and Now Photos * Lost Crescenta * Rockhaven * Membership and Donations
On Saturday, January 19th, the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley will be taking a very special tour of one of our greatest local treasures, the Verdugo Mountains, escorted by Glendale Park Rangers. The views of the valley from the Verdugos are truly spectacular, and seeing Crescenta Valley from this vantage point gives one a good sense of the landforms we live on and our place in the LA Basin. Glendale Parks and Recreation is allowing us to drive a limited number of our own vehicles in caravan on the fire roads from Verdugo Woodlands and along the ridge to La Tuna Canyon. We will have four interesting lecture stops along the way. The roads are rough, winding and treacherous, so this will be "members only" tour, and attendance is limited.
We will meet in the parking lot at the west end of Crescenta Valley Park at 9:45 a.m. (located at the bottom of Dunsmore Ave. just below Honolulu Ave). Here we will form into carpools in whatever high-clearance and high-capacity vehicles are available, and will be limited in the total number of vehicles. From there we will caravan to the locked gate on the south end of the Verdugos and be given access as a group. We will return to our cars at CV Park at approximately 2 p.m., but that time could vary greatly.
IMPORTANT: Be aware that there are no restrooms available during our time on the fire roads!
Our four planned stops on the tour will include talks on the Tongva life and culture in the Verdugos, the earthquake faults and geology of the Crescenta Valley, and efforts to establish a new pine forest in the Verdugos. At our last stop, we'll meet the Committee to Save the Verdugo Hills Golf Course, and hear firsthand on their efforts to retain this valuable recreational resource. We will exit at La Tuna Canyon and return to CV Park about 2 p.m.--a very approximate estimate.
Rain will cancel, reschedule to be determined.
Please RSVP. It is important that you RSVP for this trip.
We need to know the following:
-Number in your party
-If you have a vehicle that is relatively high-clearance and can carry more than 4 people (such as an SUV or full-size van) and feel comfortable driving on unpaved mountain roads, please let us know, so that we'll know ahead of time that we have suitable transportation for this tour.