Ben Overturff Trail, Monrovia Canyon Park

Hike Leader: Paul Kemp Location: Monrovia Canyon Park Hike Difficulty: Moderate 6/10 Distance: 7 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 2000 feet Time: 3 - 3.5 hours Pace: Medium
THERE IS A LIMIT ON NUMBERS FOR THIS HIKE SO IF YOU RSVP 'YES' AND THEN CHANGE YOUR MIND, AS A COURTESY TO THOSE ON THE WAITING LIST, PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RSVP ASAP. Overview: Monrovia Canyon Park is an 80-acre wilderness park hosting great diversity inherent to this region, including riparian, oak woodland, and chaparrel ecosystems. The Ben Overturff Trail is named for a historical Monrovian who made these canyons and Deer Park a popular recreation area in the early 1900s. The reconstructed trail follows the original path as much as possible through Sawpit, Sycamore and Twin Springs canyons. It winds through approximately 3.5 miles of some of the most beautiful and undisturbed wilderness left in the San Gabriel mountains. Hike Description: From the park entrance station, the first half of the hike will follow Sawpit Fire Road up to the Deer Park Trail Head, approx. 3.5 miles. The return half of the trail passes thru riparian and woodland habitats on it's way back down. After the main hike there is the option of an additional hike to Monrovia Canyon Waterfall, approx. 2 miles round trip, but let's see how we feel! Directions: From the 210 freeway in Monrovia exit Myrtle Av. Monrovia is near the 210 and 605 freeway interchange, east of Pasadena. Head north on Myrtle Av., turn right on Foothill Blvd., turn left on Canyon Blvd. Follow Canyon as it veers to the right at 0.7 miles, drive a short distance further to the intersection of Ridgeside Drive. There should be street parking in the vicinity of this intersection, which is before the park entrance. If you park here you will have to walk up to the park entrance station, approx. a half mile further up Canyon Blvd. Alternatively, you can pay $5 to park in the parking lot inside the park next to the entrance station. I know many people missed the last hike here because of the rain so here is an alternative to Jose's kayaking. Hopefully no fog this time!

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  • Diane

    Thank you, Paul. This is a great place. Loved it!

    November 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike Paul. Thanks for a wonderful day. I look forward to the next hike.

    November 7, 2010

  • Kris

    Beautiful hike, gorgeous waterfall, fun people and great conversation. What more can one ask for. Thank you Paul for the wonderful hike. Let me know anytime u wanna hit the trail!

    November 7, 2010

  • Rimona

    Thank you Paul for a beautiful hike! Hike I could have done the extra loop you offered!! Next time !

    November 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful day, nice people, a walk through the Canyon ... what more can you wish for?

    November 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's a pleasant trail, mostly shaded.

    November 6, 2010

  • Robert

    There was a GREAT group of people, very friendly and intelligent. I had a great day and I'd like to thank everyone, especially our leader.

    November 6, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    My longest hike to date, and I loved it! Hope my pausing to take a few pics didn't hold you up too much :) Thanks Paul.

    November 6, 2010

  • Ed

    I had never done any hiking in that neck of the woods. It was awesome. It was great to meet a few more of the regulars. Loved it all.

    November 6, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    FIVE STARS...THANK'S PAUL...

    November 6, 2010

  • shurovi

    loved this hike! weather was perfect, the trails were well-scenic, and the company lovely...thanks a million, Paul! I really look forward to seeing you lead another one soon : )

    November 6, 2010

  • Jennifer

    Great experience with Paul today. Paul was prompt and responsible. What a great hike to start your weekend!

    November 6, 2010

  • Debra

    Had a great workout on the calves, met some very nice people and the hike was very pleasant.

    November 6, 2010

  • Diane

    Paul, I'm #1 on the waiting list. Is there room for one more??

    November 5, 2010

  • Ed

    Hey Ron, also, if nobody takes you up on your offer... If you want, I can pick you up. I'll be going through that part of town (coming from Sun Valley).

    November 5, 2010

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