The Meaning of Hahamongna

The original settlers of the region were sometimes called the Hahamongna Indians. The word means "Flowing Waters, Fruitful Valley" in the native Tongva language.

Hahamongna News


Bridge is passage to the east


and to the west




Josh Kleinbaum


Glendale News-Press


Flint Canyon Trail, meet the rest of the world.

The city of Pasadena will build a 150-foot bridge that will connect La Canada Flintridge's trail system to trails to the east, including the Rim of the Valley Corridor, trails that lead up to Angeles National Forest and trails that drop down to the southern reaches of Arroyo Seco, as far south as Los Angeles.

"It's a missing link, a gap in the trail system in this area," said Rosa Laveaga, the Arroyo Seco supervisor for Pasadena's Public Works Department. "The city's been interested in putting [this bridge] in for the last 15 years."

The bridge will connect the west side of Devil's Gate Dam to the west side of Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena, crossing part of the stream that leads up to Devil's Gate Dam. It will provide hikers, bikers and equestrians in La Canada Flintridge an eastern gateway to the rest of the area trail system.

Both ends of the bridge are within the Pasadena city limits, so the city of La Canada Flintridge has had no involvement with planning or fund-raising, but the city's Flint Canyon Trail ends at the abutment between the two cities, close to the bridge.

"It will complement the trail system we have in La Canada Flintridge as well as Pasadena," said Yin Kwan, the La Canada Flintridge city engineer. "Once it's done, it will provide another connection of the trails that are within the two cities."

The bridge will also be a convenience for employees at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab who commute from Pasadena via bicycle, Laveaga said. Laveaga said she doesn't expect the bridge to be completed until spring 2005. It will cost $1.5 million, but five grants will cover the bulk of that cost. The city of Pasadena is contributing engineering and project management.

"There's been a high level of support from the surrounding communities, Altadena and La Canada Flintridge," Laveaga said. "We have gotten letters of support that have been part of our submittals [for grants]."

It will be the third incarnation of a bridge at this particular site. In 1937, a fire swept through the area and destroyed the bridge. A timber version of the bridge was rebuilt, but it was torn down in the 1980s for safety concerns.

Abutments from the original bridge will be used in the new one.