A Walkabout, Pasadena-Style

Mar 26, 2012

Arroyo Moon Rise by Karen Winters

“Walkabout” is a term most people know these days due to various books and movies depicting young Australian aborigines undergoing a rite of passage in the outback that can last for up to six months.

Well, walkabout Pasadena-style will last merely a few hours in one day, but take you into a rare spot of the Arroyo Seco: Hahamonga.

Hahamonga—meaning “flowing waters, fruitful valley”—is at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains “where the mountainous watershed meets the urban plain.” The Hahamonga is the setting for five individual and unique habitats that “only exist in alluvial canyons near mountains.”

The “Save Hahamonga” website goes on to state that most places like this in Southern California have already been destroyed. You will be escorted on this walking tour and get a chance to hear about the wildlife, birds and water resources—and perhaps catch a sighting of an Arroyo Toad, a California Quail, or something larger like a bobcat or the Grey Fox. Okay, here we go, ready for anything!

Hahamonga Walkabout
Saturday, March 31st, 9 a.m.–Noon
Hahamonga Watershed Park at Foothill and Oak Grove Drive
Tours leave every half hour from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Reservations required. Visit



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