Friday, January 2, 2015

Photo Essay: Getting a Little Closer to The Eagle Rock

There's a large boulder in Northeast LA, visible when driving east on the 134 freeway, that features a natural cleave that casts a shadow, giving the appearance, some say, of an eagle.



Some people see it; some people don't.



But the consensus is enough to have gotten it landmarked, and to give the surrounding neighborhood its name.



I'd seen it from my car...



...but I was curious to get up close to it...



...so I embarked on the John Stillion Memorial Pathway...



...of the Eagle Rock Canyon Trail...



...which is incredibly steep and slippery...



...though not far.



And as the Magic Hour turns into dusk...



...it's quite scenic...



...with the sun dipping down into the western horizon...



...everything appearing in silhouette while facing it...



...and everything golden, facing away from it.











At the top, you reach a bit of a rest area...



...on this side of a fenced off portion of land...



...owned by Pasadena Water and Power.



Though I didn't make it beyond the fence to see what's inside...



...it is near the Eagle Rock Reservoir...





...as well as the Scholl Canyon Landfill.



Convinced there was more to see, I happened upon the ruins of some stairs...



...broken, and hidden by overgrowth...



...that seemingly lead to nowhere.



So I turned back, and enjoyed the last few minutes of sunlight...



...before accepting the advent of night, and the end of my hike.

Not to be confused with:
Photo Essay: Trippet Ranch to Eagle Rock