Big Tujunga Canyon Is The Latest Reason Why I’m Proudly & Forever A Tourist In My Own Town

I’ve been up Big Tujunga Canyon once in my life. Or rather down it. Near the end of the last century, I rode in a Hogs for Dogs Ride put on by the Pasadena Humane Society, and I was part of a huge, mostly Harley caravan that went up Angeles Crest Highway to its intersection with Big Tujunga Canyon and came back down to civilization. Being on two wheels along such winding roads in close proximity to other motorcycles in front, beside and behind one, strictly limits how much of the breathtaking scenery one can absorb.

So it was that research on a project this past Thursday afternoon took me to Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga and afterwards for a drive up into the canyon in hopes of generally locating a long-gone 130-year-old homestead’s location. With the road practically to myself I drove up slowly, stopping frequently to stand drop-jawed at how dramatic and gorgeous is the canyon.

Big Tujunga Canyon
A bend in the river (click to embiggenate).

The above snap doesn’t really do the scene justice, and neither will any more words about it. So I’ll just finish with: if you haven’t been, go. And if you have been, go back. I know I will.



4 thoughts on “Big Tujunga Canyon Is The Latest Reason Why I’m Proudly & Forever A Tourist In My Own Town”

  1. Right behind from where you took this photo, there is an extinct volcano that erupted years and years ago. If you hike up the canyon to the base of it, you’ll find all kinds of fossils that were preserved when the landscape changed.

  2. Awesome tip, Davis. Thanks! Atop the hill across the road from where I stood taking this pic I saw what looked to be an oooooold aerial antenna planted and still standing at the summit. Any idea what that is/was?

  3. I’m not 100% sure, but I think that the antennas are used to broadcast OTA signals to residents in Tujunga. If you hike up there, you’ll find an old fire road that will eventually lead you back into town. Because the volcano has created a perpetual rock slide, the top of the mountain has absolutely no vegetation even though it looks like it’s covered in soil. I’m not sure if you could ever climb to the top of it, but if you visit the antennas, you can get a pretty good photograph of it.

  4. I was just there last week. Did you notice how all the riparian trees were snapped in half by the floods? The Station Fire clearly had a huge imapct here.

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