Once known as Sycamore Lake, it was renamed Crystal Lake by Benjamin Eaton in 1887
“the water is clear as crystal….and good to drink.”
Note the graffiti on the end frame of Pasadena Adjacent’s “Wee Video”? Get there before it’s thrashed.
“Mr V’s Visit to the Amphitheater”?
It’s a beautiful place, I imagine there are many memories waiting to be made.
Our Editor Responds: That is the most extraordinary amphitheater I’ve ever come across in a national/federal park setting. I imagine it was built at the turn of the century when the Crystal Lake recreation area was private. It’s been closed for a number of years. The road in that area seems to crumble.
Did you mean 1887?
Our Editor Responds: Yes, thank you. It must be the mild case of sunstroke I’m suffering at the hands of Mr Home Despot.
I was there just last week. And I love the stops along the way.
Our Editor Responds: Are the campgrounds open yet? I visited both campgrounds on June 01. The camp grounds nestled into the curve of the range are really nice. Some trail heads too.
I’ve never been. It looks lovely. The ampitheater made me think of one in Taormina, Sicily, until you went up into the mountains.
Graffiti noted. I better get out there soon.
How’s the cement pouring going?
Our Editor Responds: It’s endless! My brain is fried, my skin is burnt and now my back aches. Just finished inserting 75 pounds of those black beach pebbles into the section below where the wall fell. A future post.
That white poppy/primrose…the same grows wild here in Austin! I have a pic of one surrounded by cig butts i put in a slideshow of my neighborhood. Know what it is?
Our Editor Responds: I know what they look like, a Matillja Poppy. I don’t think this one is though. Matillja’s grow into huge invasive bushes. These guys were growing on the side of the road. A kind of puny plant. Would love to see your slide show
I was struck by that amazing amphi as well, I’m sure the acoustics are splendid. I hope the road gets resurfaced soon…
Our Editor Responds: this road has been a problem child ever since they built it. It was recently re-opened after five years. Cause, a fire (not the big one; that closed another road).
I read an article out of Smithsonian magazine(?) about how several of the treasured mid century modernist architects were employed to create many of the nature centers on US parkland.
Boy, that western landscape really shows up.
Our Editor Responds: Actually this is the only natural lake in the San Gabriel Wilderness (LA’s biggest mountain range)
And thanks for the Hopper. Who knows when i’ll get to the article, so let me say I don’t remember that painting, and I find it powerful–in a sort of bad way. There’s a part of me that “thinks” that’s what every city (including mine) looks like and that’s all a city has to offer. My good brain usually kicks in at some point and knows better, but I’m just saying . . .
Our Editor Responds: I remembered that you were a Hopper fan. Non artist’s like Hopper like non poets like Bukowski.
Crystal Lake–isn’t that where Cousin Gary lives?
Our Editor Responds: Gary lives in Crestline which is in the San Bernadino’s near Big Bear
A view of the lake
It’s dreamy. I need to learn to camp. I know there are skills, rules, etc. Inside information. Something that will keep the bears from bothering me.
Our Editor Responds: Easy Smeezy. The bears won’t bother you unless you sleep with tuna sandwiches in your pockets. Here’s the link to the lake video. It’s small. Get there before the dirty diapers do.
Oh my….oh my…Jim and I must go there soon.
We did, in the past, take trips around CA and go to or stay in places both near and remote.
Since moving to our hillside, we hardly ever leave. But this does give me Wander Lust. Yes. Soon we will go.
Our Editor Responds: It’s an easy day trip. 28 (?) miles or less from Azuza. The snack bar is run by a guy who is from Cyprus. Either a Greek living in Turkish Cyprus or a Turk living in Greek Cyprus. He actually cares about the food. His wife makes the banana bread.
Hopper and Bukowsi??? Seems weird, but maybe there’s an ultra-realism in both??? Harshness of sunlight, favoring of night, lonely but kinda romantic?
Our Editor Responds: Alienation is key.
Yes! Went here last month and it is all amazing. That graff at the cool Amplitheatre was not there then.
Thought I did a post on this but didn’t, gotta go dig up my pics.
Beautiful place. Although no one ever called me back even though I put my name down as a volunteer (and they need them!)
Campground should be open next year hopefully!
Our Editor Responds: Good for you. The trails need help (especially the burn areas) I think the campground opening will be much sooner (if it isn’t already). There is a FB friend going by the name Crystal Lake. It’s a good source for info
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