Once again on Halloween we’ll follow the Lower Arroyo Seco Canyon via the Arroyo Seco Trail and visit a couple of haunted landmarks (The Colorado Street Bridge and The Devil’s Gate Reservoir). So, as an option, get into the Halloween spirit by wearing your favorite costume for photo ops. I’ll put on a Warlock outfit at these two sites. Every Warlock needs his Witches and Sirens, so I hope to conjure up a brew of them.
Along the way, we’ll be visiting two landmarks which are said to be haunted. It wouldn’t be good for CDH’s reputation to lose a member or two along the way, so please stay together since, against better judgement, I am visiting the two ghostly sites in the dark.
COLORADO STREET BRIDGE – BUILT 1912: Along with over 100 suicides, of course, came the ghosts. Several spirits haunt the bridge, including a man with wire rimmed glasses and a vanishing woman in a long flowing robe. She is often seen standing atop one of the parapets, vanishing as she throws herself off. Even below the bridge, ghosts are said to walk the river bed. Strange sounds and cries echo throughout the dark nights. Misty forms have been reported and animals act strange in the area. Homeless camping under the bridge have regularly reported seeing ghostly figures and hearing mysterious noises. A haunt wandering under the bridge whispers “her fault” to anyone he runs across, although no one knows who he means.
DEVIL’S GATE – BUILT 1920
Some people believe the rituals Parsons led in the area opened a portal to Hell and made the area a magnet for all kinds of dark activity.
TRAILHEAD MEETUP LOCATION AND TIME: We’ll all meet on Arroyo Terrace at 4:00 p.m.
RESTROOM: Yes, at the Rose Bowl shortly after the hike begins.
DISTANCE: 7.5+ miles
TERRAIN: Mostly single track trail. There are a couple of areas that offer a bit of a challenge, but intermediate hikers should not have a problem with them.
PACE: Overall average 2 mph
DURATION: Hike 4 hours
NO DOGS ALLOWED:
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