Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Monrovia Canyon Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Wear long thick shirts and pants. The trail is very overgrown and you will have to walk through thorns, bushes, and even trees. I had to scramble at some parts because the steep trails were filled with just dirt and I had no footing - even less footing coming down. BUT the trail itself is very beautiful there is a lot of vegetation and a magnificent view all throughout. Come here for the solitude and the view.

A beautiful canyon trail, following relaxing streams throughout. The waterfall appeared to be at full strength, and there were opportunities to see squirrels, chipmunks, lizards, and birds. Lots of dogs and families on the waterfall trail, all were respectful of others and their surroundings.

Very steep and overgrown. Watch for rattle snakes. If you're planning to reach Rankin and Monrovia Peaks, be sure to start very early. No later than 7 AM.

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bugs
17 days ago

Wasn’t my planned trip today but ended up here. Very pretty trail. Too short for me and saw a few to many people for a weekday morning, but it’s California. What can you do? I would absolutely Rocco end taking kids on this hike or anyone looking for a short pretty walk in the woods.

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bugs
28 days ago

A great hike that is lightly trafficked. There are some steep parts the first half of the hike (i.e. going uphill). Mostly shaded except for the way down when looping around onto the dirt road. Bug nets will be your friend at certain points, especially under shady groves by the streams. A challenging trail if you are out of shape (as I was), but definitely doable. ***Note: there is a parking fee. $5 weekdays, $6 weekend.***

Great hike, very shady and relaxing. BUT I ran into a bear on the trail. I backed away slowly and as soon as it was out of sight I quickly walked back the other way. Please be weary of this and be careful!

The map starts at the Ranger Station / Parking fee booth; but we drove in all the way to the Nature Center (stay left) & parked there. Then back tracked down the road to the split in the road to Trask Scout Camp. We then hiked the east side first. Most of it is on a asphalt road, steep grade, big dam and little bit up. When you get to the Trask Scout Camp stay right and the road turns to dirt. The trail head for Ben Overtuff Trail is at the road barricades and followed that trail to the turn around point. It was much nicer than the road part. We went up to the meadow & then turned back, saving the waterfall for the end. Great views of LA on the way down to the Y. We then headed up the waterfall trail which was really pretty. Lots of well shaded spots to sit & rest. Saw a baby king snake on the trail. The waterfall was really nice. Flowing well. Nice boulders to sit on for lunch. Overall great hike. Ended up being 6.4 miles.

My friend and I went on a Sunday morning and it was cool and beautiful, but not too crowded just yet (8:30 a.m.). The majority of the brief hike was shaded, lush and peaceful in light of the people there. I'm not a fan of crowds, but paying to park helped a ton since everyone wanted to bypass the toll and we managed to find a spot at the top of the hill (3 or 4 were vacant). We did this hike and looped around to another hike higher up on the unshaded hillside where we saw a lone male deer who was baffled by our presence and didn't know where to turn! it was a great morning trail overall.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Monrovia Canyon Park to White Saddle

hiking
1 month ago

Starts on the road but soon moves into the woods. Good shade for the first half of the loop. Lots of bay trees - and the smell of bay leaves! Sadly no view at the midpoint of the loop. We thought we’d reach a peak or something so that was a little underwhelming. We hit the trail clockwise. The second half was a gentle downslope on a dirt road. Great walk on the whole.

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1 month ago

Nice hike. Did this with my 10/7 yr old kids and pup. Enough interest for adults and kids. The waterfall was nice, if a little small. A few narrow spots but very well maintained. Made for a really nice AM hike. We parked in the $6 lot right before the entry gate and took Bill Cull trail which links up with the nature trail. I’d do that again.

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bugs
2 months ago

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bugs
2 months ago

Mostly in the shades in the first half if you go clockwise and even the second half is not bad. Had to do extra 2.5 miles from parking to trail head. Beautiful streams. First half was a good mix of steep and flat trails. 70:30. Well maintained trail. Really liked being in the woods. Do not forget to take Insect repellent. Take plenty of water. Will do it again.

Beautiful views. Though you feel far from the city, easily accessible from heart of LA. Worth a few hours.

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rocky
2 months ago

We saw lots of wildlife; including rattle snakes, bears, squirrels and coyotes. Lots of bugs, so bring some bug spray! Mostly shaded but fun for kids. Parts ride along the edge of cliffs but perfect for one way traffic! We will definitely come back!

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bugs
2 months ago

Absolutely wonderful time hiking this trail. Our 6 and 9 year old boys loved it, too; tons of shade, greenery, and great views. Peaceful and relaxing water stream at the end of it (With a pit toilet, too).

Nice trail. We started at about 8:30am on a Sunday and it was crazy busy by the time we got to the waterfall. It was good for the dog because there were some creek crossings that she was able to drink from. The waterfall at the end was pretty tiny.

Nice Trail

I advise to take the left path once you hit the fork. Go clockwise to appreciate the scenery on the way up. A good amount of shade with some nice scenery and a decent incline. Kind of disappointed because when we reached the highest point in the trail, there were no views at all- just trees. LOTS of bugs, I don't think we had even 5minutes without something buzzing around our face- definitely need some bug spray.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this twice at the end of July. Great trail with minimal amount of people and lots of shade. The hike is challenging but very beautiful every step of the way with lots of greenery and flowers. Has signs along trail with historical info. Be aware of bears!

Easy trial. Saw the nature center. super fun

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rocky
2 months ago

The trail was good fun! I saw lots of people with their small children and dogs of various sizes. The trail is well-marked and cleared. There are some narrow spaces and some of the terrain is rocky. Lots of trails link together here, so you can easily extend your hike if you want. One of the paths even includes a nice waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail itself was great. I misjudged the start of the trail. it's probably a good 1.5 miles from parking before you get to the 4.4 loop. I stayed right and went counterclockwise. woof. that is a long incline with no breaks. pretty tough on the legs. after the halfway point, things were nice and shady. right before I linked back up, I did have a slight delay due to bear in the trail.

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