Monrovia Canyon Hike

Going to the mountains is going home – John Muir

For ages, my aunt and I have been planning to go hiking. When I say ages, I mean, ageeeeees. We finally went today on Memorial Day since we didn’t have to work. Our initial plan was to hike in Santa Anita Canyon to Sturvetant Falls; however, upon arriving, it was packed and we decided to find another trail.

I suggested the Monrovia Canyon Trail as I’ve hiked it a few times before and my aunt agreed to check it out. It wasn’t as packed as the other trail was; unfortunately, the pass we had bought for the other place didn’t work with the second place. We paid for the day pass, got to the parking lot and went our merry way.

I’m really out of shape so the 0.75 miles to the tiny waterfall almost knocked my breath away! My aunt’s been hiking regularly so I guess you can say she’s a pro.

On our way back, we stopped by a really green section of the hike which reminded us of Oregon (aka home sweet home… someday).

When we were back at the trailhead, we noticed the Nature Center was open. We popped in for a quick look but instead, we got a free lecture on ticks and saw the ranger feed Madagascar hissing cockroaches to a bunch of toads. She also informed us of another trail, which we’re looking into hiking next week!

We hiked for nearly an hour and according to my watch, got a total distance of 1.53 miles. After the hike, I went with my parents and brothers to see the Pirates of the Caribbean movie while my aunt headed home. Until the next hike!




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  1. May 30, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Aw hiking looks like fun though I'm not a super outdoorsy person! The nature is great though, and good job for hiking even though it was tough. There are some hiking areas here in upstate NY but I haven't made it out there yet.

  2. May 30, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    I usually try to avoid traveling on holidays because I bet there are tons of other people out on holidays! But that's probably not the best approach, because I shouldn't let that keep me from doing what I want to do. Anywho, I went on an about-1-mile hike last week to a waterfall too! I almost never hike, so it was a breath of fresh air, and I really want to go on another one! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  3. May 31, 2017 / 3:07 am

    i wanna try hiking so much but i know i probably would be breathing like ghost in horror movies within 20 minutes. i'm so unfit. regardless! this hill looking serene and incredible! worth all the hike, definitely.

  4. May 31, 2017 / 9:53 am

    These are beautiful sights! I always love spending my breaks (like the longer weekends) outside with nature. I live in a city that has a good mix of city and nature. I live aquite close to the nature side of the city so always have opportunities to go out and explore 🙂
    I'm glad you had fun and got to do the same 😀

    Worth the hike!

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  5. May 31, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    omg! such a nice place to hike! I'm out of shape too even 10 minutes of hiking takes my breath away. I really like hiking and I choose it as a form of exercise. Bangkok, not much of a hike, so I'm excited to go back to Finland, at least there, I can hike everyday.

  6. May 31, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    The weather was so nice on Memorial Day! I've seen a lot of people hiking to Eaton Canyon but Monrovia Canyon Trail looks like a hidden gem! Considering how the hike is not too long, I should give it a shot! (Hiking is not my thing XD). The trail definitely looks like Oregon with all of the greenery! Hope you enjoyed watching Pirates :). Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  7. June 1, 2017 / 2:59 am

    Breath-taking. I am so fond of waterfalls 🙂

  8. June 1, 2017 / 11:35 am

    I just love hiking! This place looks amazing for that. I am usually that person who is so out of shape and gets out of breath after few minutes of doing something physical but there is something about hiking that doesn't make me as tired and as breathless as other activities 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  9. June 1, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I wish I would've known about this place when I lived in Monrovia. It was a really short stent. I lived in CA for almost a year & my Monrovia stent was only 3 months. I had no idea this place existed. Looks lovely!

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  10. June 5, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    soooo breathtakiiiing!

    this is def the kind of place i love and would love to visit. i love going to cities with busy streets and tall skyscraper buildings (think about new york…or hong kong…) but being able to connect with nature like this is definitely the kind of traveling i love more!

  11. June 5, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Hey Eena! Your hiking trip looks so fun! I love waterfalls! And to be honest, I am very out of shape as well, so I bet I'd be winded after a mile too, haha. Hope you had a great weekend!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

  12. June 5, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    Ohh, we were also in Monrovia with our friends on Memorial Day weekend! I just googled, and this trail is like 16mins away from their home. Haha!

  13. June 7, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    This hike looks shady! I've been thinking of doing some solo hiking. Might take myself out here. :p

  14. June 19, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Awesome. Hiking in kind kind of area seems adventurous and somehow risky too. Anyway, thanks for sharing update.