Ben Overturff Trail

A few weeks back, I had planned another hike with my aunt. When we did the Monrovia Canyon Hike back in May, we were informed by the ranger that there was another trailhead nearby, which wasn’t as busy as the waterfall hike. After months of planning, we finally got to hike it! My parents had initially said no to coming along; but on the day itself, they came along for the hike – the more the merrier, I say.

The Ben Overturff Trail is named so after Ben Overturff himself. Back in the day, Ben Overturff and his wife ran a little lodge, which sits on Deer Park Lodge, that cost approximately 25 cents for a night. Their lodge was a rather popular weekend destination. However, due to his declining health, Mr. Overturff and his wife deserted the lodge. It wasn’t until the late 40s, the US Forest Service decided to tear the place down after numerous reports of unauthorized use of the lodge. Whatever’s left of the lodge still remains.

The beginning of the trail isn’t the most attractive – it ascends on a paved road, passing Sawpit Dam, and eventually forks into the Trask Campgrounds and then into the dirt road. Along the dirt road, it opens into two stone columns, which marks the official start of the trail.

The hike itself wasn’t too bad. It’s located within the heart of the forest, so everything was shaded well. The only thing I didn’t like was that it gave a very creepy vibe – as in, the kind of vibe where you feel like something or someone is lurking in the woods just watching your every move. Unfortunately, when we made it to the Woodrat Flats portion of the trail, we decided to head back. It felt very isolated and just eerie.

The hike overall was a great workout. It consisted lots of steep inclines and then it stayed flat for a good while. When we finished the hike, we grabbed some breakfast at a local Filipino diner called, Kusina ni Lola, and called it a day. When we got home, I did more research on the trail (which I should’ve done before) and learned two things – the trail has numerous reports of being haunted and that it would’ve been easier to have gone through Fire Road then going down the Ben Overturff trail on the way back. Until the next hike!




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  1. November 5, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    You guys have all of the cool hiking trails up in Monrovia! I learn so much about the trails around LA from you XD. I wonder how much 25 cents was worth back then. It’s cool to learn about all of these fun facts – kinda makes sense that random people would sneak into the deserted lodge.

    That view looks amazing! It’s good that the trail is shaded. Hey, maybe this is the spot I might compromise with XD. If you see me creeping your blog later on, you’ll know why LOL. Your family is super adorable!!! I think it’s good that you found out the trail is haunted after the fact… So you don’t need to scream if a pebble dropped or something XD.

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  2. November 6, 2017 / 9:45 am

    oh man, that haunted hike part creeps me out. even hearing that whatever’s left of the lodge creeps me out, haha. i’m such a wimp when it comes to any kind of horror – i couldn’t even get past the first episode of stranger things, even though apparently it’s not all that scary and can even be funny in some situations.

    becky @ star violet

  3. November 6, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    That’s a neat story about the lodge! Sounds like a fun little trip. Hiking is definitely one of my favorite ways to get out in to nature and re-fuel. πŸ™‚

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  4. November 6, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    Is that the new backpack? Yikes a haunted trail …. that sounds a little scary. Sounds like you had a great day and, once again, so cute it was a family affair!

    nat // dignifiable

  5. November 6, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    What a great way to stay fit! Too bad the trail had creepy vibes to it! I am jealous that it stays warm in California because you can still continue hiking! During our winters in the northeast, we have to hibernate because it’s too cold to go outside!

    simplylovebirds.com

  6. November 8, 2017 / 2:48 am

    i thought i have commented but…what the heck self, get a grip

    you guys are always on brand new adventures like all the time omg so lucky ;A;
    this is the kind of ‘forest nature adventure’ that i want. i may not be much of an outdoor type (i’m an indoor hermit!) but if i were given the chance, i’d love to visit places like this. i’d love to be surrounded by trees and hopefully see a waterfall. i’m not sure if there’s anything like this in my country (should be available but since i’m a hermit, i don’t really know what’s happening beyond my bunker lol) because the last time i went to ‘trekking’ in bali, it was literally climbing up a never-ending rocky ‘stairs’ and i gave up halfway.

  7. November 8, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    The place does give a creepy feel, just like you said, being surrounded by trees and woods and all, but it must have been such an enjoyable hike! :’)

    yuki, solivagantic

  8. Leta
    November 9, 2017 / 8:20 am

    I just love hikes so much! This one sounds like quite an adventure. That part about it being haunted doesn’t sound too good. It’s great to hear that nothing happened to you and that the hike was successful πŸ™‚ x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  9. November 9, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Ahhhh I know EXACTLY the creepy vibe that you’re talking about! It gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. Isn’t it crazy how some places just do that to you! Looks like a pretty hike but I’m not sure I’d be able to do it more than once if I got that creeped out! I’m more comfortable with hikes that I know I’ll see people on haha. Ben’s the one who enjoys romping around solo in the middle of nowhere. I’ll take a dose of civilization please!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

  10. November 9, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    This looks like fun. I haven’t been hiking in years. The bit about it being haunted makes it sound even more interesting to me. πŸ˜›

  11. November 10, 2017 / 3:16 am

    Oh wow, that’s quite a good hike, nice for your parents to join in. That’s scary to know that the place is indeed haunted, maybe if you knew beforehand you wouldn’t go at all. That Pinoy food must be a great treat after your adventure.

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  12. November 10, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    This looks like a beautiful hiking trail! I haven’t been hiking in so long, but I really should go out again. Nice post πŸ™‚
    xo Samantha

  13. November 11, 2017 / 12:35 am

    I love how much you go on hiking trips. I wish I could do so as much as you do too. Awesome photos as always.

    Joy to the World

  14. November 11, 2017 / 2:23 am

    This looks like, once again, such a great trail. Every time I go on your blog, I’m super inspired to go out for a long walk in the Peak District! (Google it – it’s a beautiful place I live by in England ^_^) Haha, I love the photos! I definitely get the sense of creepiness from them though! It sort of reminds me of when I went to a small village in the Peaks (which only has a population of like 300 people) There was nobody there. We were very creeped out. xD

    Your family are so CUTE T_T

  15. November 11, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    I find hiking really relaxing and I love going on walks with my husband. I actually like it when it is a bit overcast but I still wear sunscreen and a hat anyway.
    No full sun for me.
    I really love the shots of you and your family; but I also really love the stories that the trail has on the placards. Journals from the past.
    It is great to learn something while you get out and close to nature.
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

  16. November 12, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I guess it really is haunted; you felt it and didn’t even know that you were supposed to! πŸ˜› // 25 cent lodging, what a steal! Shame it was torn down though! I guess it was too spooky anyway heh -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  17. November 12, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    it looks like a forgotten hill in horror movies where youngsters being curious and feel like climbing it then all of a sudden they are being hunted by something e_________e but it’s nice that it’s shaded well! i think the trail is looking pretty tough D: the view is also lovely!

  18. November 13, 2017 / 6:58 am

    It looks like a beautiful hike! I’m glad you finally got to do it

    Have a wonderful week!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

  19. November 13, 2017 / 7:09 am

    I wish I would’ve known about this trail when I lived in Monrovia. My entire CA stay was slightly less than a year & consisted of three different cities, including Monrovia. It was about 2 months & I thought it had nothing. Dang! Cute photos.

    Kara Aragon
    http://www.thekaragon.com

  20. November 13, 2017 / 8:49 am

    I’ve hiked this trail a few times and didn’t know much about the history. Love this trail because it’s not too difficult and not too easy…just the perfect amount of exercise needed. What a great informative read!

    Simply,
    Jenn | http://www.lepetittato.com/

  21. November 13, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Ahh I have done a few hikes like this myself where I decided to stop after a much shorter time than I’d intended because of creepiness – at least it finished off with a good breakfast ;D Better luck for your next adventure!

    maria | http://whatismaria.com

  22. November 13, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    So cool that you were told about another trail, especially one that isn’t as busy. It’s great that your parents could join a long too. πŸ™‚

    It looks like a nice walk. It sounds like it would have been very scary and I think I would have been quick to head back (I have watched too many horror movies haha).

  23. November 14, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    What a hike – the terrain looks hard work but i bet the views were worth it! πŸ™‚

  24. November 15, 2017 / 5:19 am

    It’s nice to know that your parents at the last minute joined you, must be super fun. That creepy feeling? Hate that. Feels like a wilder beast is about to attack lol.

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  25. November 16, 2017 / 1:40 am

    Looks like a really interesting place to go!!! πŸ™‚ Sometimes I wish there are more hiking trails near Manila lol! Nice photos, too πŸ™‚