Arroyo Seco (Los Angeles County)

Arroyo Seco (Los Angeles County)

Arroyo Seco (Los Angeles County)

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The Arroyo Seco, meaning "dry stream" in Spanish, is a seasonal river, canyon, watershed, and cultural area in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The Arroyo Seco has been called the most celebrated canyon in Southern California.

River course

The watershed begins at Red Box Saddle in the Angeles National Forest near Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains. As it enters the urbanized area of the watershed, the Arroyo Seco stream flows between La CaƱada Flintridge on the west and Altadena on the east. Just below Devil's Gate Dam, the stream passes underneath the Foothill Freeway; at the north end of Brookside Golf Course the stream becomes channelized into a flood control channel and proceeds southward through the golf course.

The Arroyo Seco goes through Pasadena, with the notable Rose Bowl and in it. The Arroyo Seco stream, which is fed by a watershed, helps to replenish the Raymond Basin, an aquifer underlying Pasadena that provides about half the local water supply. This is one of two major streams that capture rainfall and storm water in Pasadena, the other being Eaton Wash on the eastern side of the city, a tributary of the Rio Hondo watershed.<ref...
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