Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Great L.A. Family Hikes: Monrovia Canyon Park Waterfall (One in a series)

Monrovia Canyon Park

We've got another family-friendly waterfall hike for ya, and this one may even be better. Monrovia Canyon Park is a quick, hour and a half hike that covers only about 2.5 miles -- but the reward is a lush, tree-covered hike that is easy for the little ones, with a waterfall at the end. Modern Hiker has more details:
There is plenty of shade on the trail here and for most of the rest of the hike you’ll be in cool, dappled sunlight. Even on a hot summer day, this is a great trail to explore – especially once the trail dips down to the canyon floor itself around the 0.6 mile mark, where you’ll be stepping over babbling brooks and overshadowed by enormous, tangled oaks.

At the 1.3 mile mark, you’ll hop over a few boulders and reach the rocky bottom of Monrovia Canyon Falls. This 30 foot double-cascade is not the tallest nor most impressive waterfall in the San Gabriels, but even with a steady stream of hikers coming and going this is still an absolutely lovely and serene grove that feels a million miles away from city life.

A month ago we wrote about the Eaton Canyon Waterfall, another closeby waterfall in the foothills. Even though we're in a drought, the waterfalls remain and are worth checking out. While Eaton Canyon's falls is more impressive, that hike is jam-packed. We enjoyed the solitude of the Monrovia hike.

Some pics:

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

Monrovia Canyon Park

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