See Monrovia Canyon Falls hike description on Dan's Hiking Pages
After Christmas I jumped into a big project at the house, so it’s been more than a month since I’ve been hiking. Last weekend was spectacular weather for hiking but the project kept me tied town. Looking at a forecast of rain for this weekend, it appeared that I had a window on mid Saturday. I decided on Monrovia Canyon Falls, one of my favorite close-by waterfalls. I noticed in my hike log that I visited the falls one-year ago this weekend.
A 15-minute drive from Azusa to Monrovia delivers me to Canyon Drive just south of Ridgeside Drive. I park here to avoid the $5 parking fee in Monrovia Canyon Park. It’s a pleasant 64 degrees.
Bob’s Favorite Hikes, which I’ve visiting a lot over the years. I introduce myself and Bob admits to being a fan of Dan’s Hiking Pages. We chat for a few minutes. I always enjoy meeting other hikers. And I always appreciate the efforts of those who serve in volunteer organizations that provide wholesome recreational activities.
tiny white flowers of wild cucumber with its new vines climbing host plants. Deciduous trees like big-leaf maple, sycamore, and white alder add a splash of lingering fall colors. The hearty fragrance of California bay with it dark, evergreen leaves fills the air.
12:50 - Reach the junction with the trail coming up from the middle parking area and in a few more minutes pass the junction with the trail coming down from the nature center. Water flows over the top of the first of several Lincoln-log check dams. I’m so enjoying the beauty of the canyon. The fresh aromas bring back childhood memories of hiking, camping, and horseback riding. As the canyon narrows the falls are near.
2:22 - Arrive at Bill Cull Trail trailhead. Bob is starting to head home after his shift as a volunteer and offers me a ride to my car. I gladly accept and we enjoy visiting some more in our ride out of the park.