This Saturday, you can work off a bit of that turkey, explore a beautiful section of the city most people just drive over, AND learn a healthy dose of history all at the same time. The Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Water and Power are leading a free, guided hike through Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco. The hike will highlight the history of irrigation and water capture in the region, as well as point out the archeological remains of the city’s historic zanja – an open-air irrigation ditch that was usually constructed within a month of the founding of a Spanish colonial settlement (you can find traces of Los Angeles’ Zanja Madre marked and hidden throughout downtown).
The Pasadena hike is free and open to the public, although you must register via email by contacting Jan Childs. The 4 mile round trip hike is described as moderate – mostly flat with one significant hill.
Image by Jennifer Gaillard.