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Cahuenga Pass

Coordinates: 34°07′28″N 118°20′34″W / 34.12446°N 118.34286°W / 34.12446; -118.34286
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Cahuenga Pass
Paseo de Cahuenga
Northbound US Route 101/Hollywood Freeway entering the Cahuenga Pass
Elevation745 ft (227 m)
Traversed by US 101 (Hollywood Freeway)
LocationLos Angeles, California, United States
RangeSanta Monica Mountains

The Cahuenga Pass (/kəˈwɛŋɡə/ , /kəˈhʌŋ.ɡə/; Tongva: Kawé’nga),[1] also known by its Spanish name Paseo de Cahuenga, is a low mountain pass through the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains in the Hollywood Hills district of the City of Los Angeles, California. It has an elevation of 745 ft (227 m). The Cahuenga Pass connects the Los Angeles Basin to the San Fernando Valley via U.S. Route 101 (Hollywood Freeway) and Cahuenga Boulevard. It is the lowest pass through the mountains.


Cahuenga Pass, c. 1888
Pacific Electric's San Fernando Line running in the median of Cahuenga Boulevard through the Caheunga Pass c. 1940.
Cahuenga Pass, 1972

The name Cahuenga comes from a Tongva village named Kawé’nga, probably meaning "at the mountain".

It was the site of two major battles: the Battle of Cahuenga Pass in 1831 (a fight between local settlers and the Mexican-appointed governor and his men; two deaths), and the Battle of Providencia or Second Battle of Cahuenga Pass in 1845 (between locals over whether to secede from Mexico; one horse and one mule killed).[2] Both were on the San Fernando Valley side near present-day Studio City, and cannonballs are still occasionally found during excavations in the area.[3] Along the route of the historic El Camino Real, the historic significance of the pass is also marked by a marker along Cahuenga Blvd. which names the area Paseo de Cahuenga.

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  1. ^ Bright, William (1998). 1500 California Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  2. ^ "Landmark Events in L.A.'s Minority History". The University of Southern California. Archived from the original on 1999-04-28. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  3. ^ "The Second Battle of Cahuenga Pass and the War Lords of Burbank". Retrieved 2012-05-12.

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34°07′28″N 118°20′34″W / 34.12446°N 118.34286°W / 34.12446; -118.34286