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Monrovia Falls is one of the most delightful waterfalls experiences in the front range of the San Gabriels. At 30 feet tall, this year-around falls is not the biggest or most spectacular, but the splendid trail and picturesque scenery getting there makes the visit to the falls a real treat. And it's short: Three trailhead options give a range of distances from 1.5 miles round trip to 3.4 miles round trip. This is a semi-easy hike. We'll hike on a narrow path to the waterfall. We usually see deer around here. It is a very scenic hike! Lots of vegetation!
The trail leads through several plant communities: coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodland, and riparian. Along the hike you'll enjoy a canopy of coast live oak, canyon oak, white alders, big leaf maple, and sycamore trees. Some of the biggest poison oak leaves I have ever seen are along the trial.
The downside of Monrovia Falls is the $5 or $6 parking fee, the restrictive park hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays) and the crowds. On a typical weekend there will be dozens and dozens of people on the trail and congregating around the base of the falls. The trail is part of Monrovia Canyon Park, under the jurisdiction of the City of Monrovia Department of Public Works, Parks Division. If you want to avoid the parking fee and/or hike before or after hours, you can park in the residential area outside the park and walk along the road 0.6 mile to the park entry station.
Sorry for changing the Beaudry hike which was supposed to be on the same date. I thought I wouldn't have time for the hike on that date, but I now do have time for this hike after all. :)
Rain cancels/postpones hike.