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I changed it to Blue Dasher and I agree. It seemed to have the body of a pondhawk and face of a dasher, but wikipedia says it has pruinosity so the coloration looks frosted and the thoracic stripes are hidden. It reflects ultraviolet and is most common with male skimmers. I guess I learned something new today. Thanks for identifying it (:
This page says they are found throughout the continental US as well as in the Pacific Northwest so I suppose Blue Dashers can be found in California. http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/fact...
But I believe what I found is a western pond hawk since it does not have thoracic stripes and I'm sure it's not an eastern pondhawk based on the differences in abdomen and appendage shape. http://www.azdragonfly.net/compare/299
Actually it was hanging out near the bathrooms right before we headed out on the trail. It was on the outside wall in a partially damp area. I also found one around Portland on a hiking trail in a very wet area by some rocks and ferns. Hope you can find one too! :)