La Crescenta Montrose
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La Crescenta is the ideal beautiful name for the delightful Crescenta Valley and its adjacent mountainous slopes, cities and communities. The name Crescenta was coined by Dr. Briggs who was one of the first landowners in the area. The Crescenta Valley wraps around the Verdugo Mountains to the south with two crescent points existing at Verdugo Canyon in Glendale, and at its western end the Shadow Hills community of Los Angeles. This “crescent” view becomes much more noticeable from Mt. Lukens Road (unpaved motorway) in the Angeles National Forest above La Crescenta. The “La” was added later by the U.S. Post office to distinguish it from another Crescent City, also in California, but near the Oregon border.
The area we have chosen to collectively describe here as La Crescenta consists of both the City of Glendale neighborhoods and the unincorporated Los Angeles County area of the Crescenta Valley and its adjacent mountainous slopes. This alluring location rests between the San Gabriel Mountains to the north, the Verdugo Mountains and San Rafael Hills to the south; and between La Canada Flintridge to the east and the City of Los Angeles community of Tujunga to the northwest.
The Glendale Neighborhoods of La Crescenta
Located within the City of Glendale north and northwest of the Montrose Verdugo City and the Whiting Woods neighborhoods is the Glendale neighborhood of Crescenta Highlands. Located within and at the northern part of this neighborhood is a wonderful City of Glendale park named Deukmejian Wilderness Park. Most readily available public and internet maps outline only the Crescenta Highlands and Highway Highlands neighborhoods in Glendale, but a few other neighborhoods exist such as: Mountain Oaks, Glenwood Oaks and Markridge.
The Mountain Oaks and Glenwood Oaks neighborhoods are delightful small communities located south of Honolulu at the northern base of the Verdugo Mountains and the Markridge community development is the most northern community in all of Glendale located at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and closest to the summit of Mt. Lukens in the Angeles National Forest.
La Crescenta-Montrose Unincorporated Los Angeles County
La Crescenta-Montrose is located in between the City of Glendale’s Crescenta Highlands neighborhood (mostly east of Pennsylvania Avenue above the Foothill Freeway) and the city of La Canada Flintridge and to the north of Glendale’s Montrose Verdugo City neighborhood.