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Second Tour - Llagas Creek

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(Map) The upper reaches of the Llagas Creek flow into the Chesbro Reservoir where we start our tour. This reservoir lies just west of Morgan Hill.
The creek flows generally south and east, crossing Highway 101 and then continuing south until it reaches the Soap Lake area where it joins a number of other creaks by flowing into the Pajaro River itself.
The upper reaches of the Llagas Creek flow into the Chesbro Reservoir where we start our tour. This reservoir lies just west of Morgan Hill.
At this point we are heading west and passing over the lower portion of the reservoir. The main catchment basin for this reservoir lies in the hills to the north and the main feeder creek enters at the northern end towards the top of this picture.
We circle the lake in a clockwise direction - this is a closer look at the north end of the reservoir and the view is north east toward Morgan Hill and the Santa Clara Valley.
We have completed our clockwise circuit of the reservoir and have reached the southern end where the Llagas creek exits the reservoir and continues its journey toward the Pacific Ocean. (Looking south-east)
In the middle of the right-hand edge of this picture we can still just see the retaining dam at the end of the reservoir. Just beyond the further end of dam we can make out the concrete spill-way by which the creek exits the reservoir and starts its course - marked by trees on both banks, moving to the left of the picture and just below the road. The creek goes underneath the windy road near the left of the picture just below a cross-road. This same cross-road is in the next picture.
Here the line of trees marking the creek enters the picture on the right-hand edge about 1/4 of the way up from the bottom of the picture - and soon thereafter passes near a cross-road. This cross-road is the same one as in the previous picture near the start of the creek, but now our view is more to the south, and we can make out the line of trees continuing down the valley and into the distance.