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2 days ago

This is a beautiful and relatively easy trail. Steady incline to the juncture but there are nice moments of flat trail. I took my dog and he had a great time. There aren’t many people once you get past the first half mile and the views are beautiful! Street parking at the trailhead, no bathroom, and nowhere to refill water.

2 days ago

Very windy

Great trail for all levels with plenty of options to make your trip longer or shorter and varying degrees of difficulty. My dog and I loved it and will be back. Kind of crowded but to be expected with it’s proximity to the city.

3 days ago

definitely need hiking boots. when the reviews say rocky, they mean it's literally 3.5hrs of traverseing a continuous pile of loose rocks.

I enjoy my walks in this hiking trails n also beautiful view n so relaxing✨✨✨

God forbid there happens to be a single drop of rain. They close the trail?!?! Seriously?

Creds: AllTrails Pro for accurate GPS real time location and mileage. 7.3 mi. 1,260’ El Gain. Went clockwise for both loops. First loop trail closed half way through, had to back track / go around (reason why mileage more then 5.7 planned).

Aside from closed section, rest of trails in great condition.

3 stars for terrible parking. Park only has slots for about 10 cars. Street parking ‘permit only’. Easy to miss. So I pay $1,000 dollars in city taxes a year to live here and people who live right next to park managed to get rid of public parking on this wide street I helped pay for. Wow. Amazing to me people buy a house next to park entrance and get upset when people park there?!?!

Beautiful hike with gorgeous views of Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, and lots of whales.

I liked this trail, it had a few different paths you could take to give different scenery which could be confusing to know if you are heading in the right direction but I’m adventurous and enjoy that kind of thing. Some of the hills are difficult but if you hike regularly they aren’t too bad. Will do this one again!

Sucks there is no parking beautiful scenery but you have to park really far to even get close don’t know why they don’t do parking spaces up there.

16 days ago

Just about the perfect trail for out in this area of SoCal. Not too easy, but not too hard either. Beautiful switchbacks that take you away from traffic noise and once you get to the top, the views are fantastic! Fun to do on a sunny day or a cloudy one so you can watch the fog roll over the hills. For the most part, very safe, sturdy trail. A few fun, narrow stretches along the ridge line. And the best part: easy street parking at the trailhead!

Great trail! d : )

18 days ago

Very good

fun trail to hike solo or with the dog(s). Couple of things to note- not much shade and can be pretty rocky. Be sure to bring plenty of water and if an older dog consider their paws/joints. overall a lovely hike with great ocean views

Hiked all the way down . So hiking back up was the challenge. We had to do this to get the full experience rather than just doing the 2.7 miles. Overall it was a very good one. There are two toilets only and gross! so make sure you have unloaded before you start

Very easy walk paths with a couple of tangents to the rocky beach. The lighthouse is only open to the public on the 2nd Saturday of the month, if you plan to visit inside. Great trail for dogs (on 6ft max leash) as there is a water fountain at the half way point

Amazing never ending hike. I started at 1. If I would of started earlier I would of kept going.

Great little hike, especially for young kids. Can even take a stroller if you wanted.

Easy/mod. Beautiful views

...I'm coming back...lots of ups and downs...could have used poles in several places (left them in my car

No parking, permit only for at least a 4 block radius. Basically it's limited to those who live nearby or are willing to walk half mile to get there once they park legally. Disappointing to say the least.

23 days ago

An easy trail for a quick hike. We visited on a Monday morning and there was little to no crowd.
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24 days ago

Great hike. Completed in roughly 2 hours. Parking was super easy!

Beautiful views

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Omg!! The views!!! Amazing! Definitely doing this again. So many trails to choose from. Easy to hard. Love it!

26 days ago

This is a exhilarating hike!
Park in the ranger station parking lot and grab a fee envelope from the entrance stand directly across from the station... place your $ inside and begin your adventure. Follow the asphalt road about 0.20 mi. and take Trail Scout Reservation for the Ben Overturff Trail to your right. After about one mile of dirt road you will arrive at the trailhead (on your left).
Over the next 2 miles will gain 1000 ft. elevation using switchbacks and short bridges as you experience tree covered meadows and gently rolling streams of the canyon... and I paused often to enjoy the morning breeze of this glorious outdoor exploit.
Up next you will see a Deer Park Cabin/Restroom sign. If you choose the Deer Park Cabin option, (after about 100 yds.) you can learn a little bit about Ben Overturff. If you choose the Restroom option, this will lead you over to the Monrovia Canyon Truck Trail, reconnect with the original asphalt road, and guide you back down to the ranger station. All in all, a great day. Happy hiking!

Really like the area and overall the hike is nice and long. The parking was easy to find and lots of dogs! I took my dog and it was a nice walk for him with great views. Started to get cold and windy towards the evening so try and get out there earlier.

Local hike to the water tower with a view of LA.

1 month ago

First time on this trail. Moderate climb but a solid workout. Beautiful quiet hike. Great views , smooth fire trail.

I liked that there are plenty of places of shade. It is not hard. A few hills, but not steep at all. I took my dog and it was okay. There is a spot for free parking, which is nice.

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