Hansen Dam is a very popular place for pedestrians, runners,
equestrians, and bicyclists—a sort of beach bike path for
the families of the north San Fernando Valley. The dam's
massive size is an indicator of the power of the broad
Tujunga Wash as it descends from the steep San Gabriel
Mountains into the San Femando Valley. Most folks walk along
the top of the dam, which offers cool breezes and panoramic
views of the San Femando Valley. I prefer to start out on
the equestrian trail below the front of the dam, and return
along the top. Wheelchair users will want to remain on the
even surface atop the dam.
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The walk features the grassy, tree-lined Tujunga Wash
Greenway. It also showcases LA’s longest mural, The Great
Wall of Los Angeles, painted on the concrete wall of the
Tujunga Wash, which runs alongside Los Angeles Valley
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The Los Angeles River empties into the Pacific Ocean at the
Port of Long Beach. This walk features the new Cesar Chavez
Park and the Golden Shore Marine Reserve—a restored tidal
wetland area. Cesar Chavez Park serves the population-dense
communities on the west side of downtown Long Beach. Its
bathroom and community center buildings echo the craftsman
style common to historic homes in the adjacent neighborhood.
The walk follows the riprap embankments of the river, where
it becomes very tidal. The area features good bird-watching
and cool ocean breezes.
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This walk begins where the concrete ends. Below Willow
Street in Long Beach, the river has an earthen bottom with
sides reinforced by boulder riprap levees. The walk features
native plantings, pocket parks, and good bird-watching.
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The Sepulveda Basin, a lush green oasis in the middle of the
San Fernando Valley, is the Valleyís Central Park. This 2.2
mile walk showcases the tall trees and plentiful birds of
the soft bottom channel in the west end of the basin..
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The history of the Los Angeles River is, in many ways, the
history of the city. It flowed here long before Europeans
settlers arrived in the 18th Century. In about 5000 BC,
the indigenous Tongva and Chumash people lived by the
river’s banks and took their water and life from its
waters. The Tongva tribe created a movable village, known
as Yangna, in what today is downtown Los Angeles. When the
river flooded, they relocated their settlement to dry
ground. When the waters receded, they returned to its banks.
The Tongva called the river wenoot, otcho’o, or pa-hyt.
They drank from its waters, ate the acorns that fell from
its oak trees, and harvested its reeds to build huts and
weave cloth. They dined on steelhead trout and frogs
caught in its pools, and on the deer, badgers, bears,
squirrels and other game that resided along its banks.
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The Headwaters of the Los Angeles River begin in the Santa
Susana, Simi, San Gabriel and Santa Monica Mountains. These
border the San Fernando Valley and drain a watershed that
covers 834 square miles. When California’s annual winter
rains arrive, the runoff flows down the canyons and into the
flats. In the 19th century, the water seeped into the ground
and filled the underground aquifers of the Valley.
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*L.A. River Revitalization Corporation Announces new
Executive Director: Omar Brownson*
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For thousands of years, winter rains in the Los Angeles
River watershed created a year-round creek.
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More than 100 films and countless scenes from television
shows and commercials have been shot on the LA River. The 52
miles of concrete has been used as a movie set for car
races, murders, science fiction scenes and more. Here’s
a list of some of the better-known Hollywood productions
filmed on the River:
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