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Ben Overturff Trail, Monrovia Canyon Park

Hike Organizer: Paul Kemp
Location: Monrovia Canyon Park
Hike Difficulty: Moderate 6/10
Distance: 7 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 2000 feet
Time: 3 1/2 hours

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.

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.

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  • Paul

    The rain came early today and continued falling all thru the hike but it didn't take away from the enjoyment. Well done to all those who braved the weather!

    January 1, 2013

  • Troy

    Great hike despite the rain! Thanks Paul and great to meet everyone!

    December 31, 2012

  • Steve G.

    Thanks Paul!

    December 31, 2012

  • Jing-Ni

    Paul, we made it back to the trailhead! We took the wrong turn and exited the trail, but got back into the road which we came up.

    December 29, 2012

    • Paul

      I was wondering what happened to you guys, glad you made it back ok.

      December 29, 2012

  • iLedy

    Added a small element, ie, rain, turned out to be a nice day for a hike. Thanks, Paul, and looking forward to the next hike.

    December 29, 2012

  • Marsha B.

    Great hike, but it was HARD keeping up with all you animals!!! I loved the trail coming down it was absolutely gorgeous and I even liked the rain for something really new and different. Hope to do it again.

    December 29, 2012

  • Gail

    Thanks to Paul for the rain poncho, I lasted longer this morning than I would have soaking wet! Will tackle this trail again without rain.

    December 29, 2012

  • Mahmut

    I had fun and made new friends; although I had to quit early due to rain.

    December 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm running a bit late. I should be there about 9:15. Thx!

    December 29, 2012

  • Paul

    Hi All,
    For those of you who haven't looked at the weather forecast there is a 30% chance of showers beginning at noon tomorrow, which will be towards the end of the hike. Please be prepared if you are worried about the chance of getting wet.
    Cheers, Paul

    December 28, 2012

  • Yvonne

    HI. Is it okay to bring dogs?

    December 27, 2012

    • Paul

      Yes, dogs are ok as long as they are friendly and not likely to maul anybody... or hump anybody's leg!

      December 27, 2012

  • Paul

    Hi All,
    Saturday's hike is almost upon us and the group number has swelled to an enormous size. Please update your RSVP as soon as possible if you have changed your plans so that those on the waitlist are able to attend. If you are still planning to attend, see you on Saturday morning,
    Cheers, Paul

    December 27, 2012

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