Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Monrovia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 months ago

I enjoyed this hike really nice view.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail and nice waterfall but it’s just too busy for me. Too many kids having melt downs because they did not want to be there! The trail gets narrow so there’s not enough room to get by especially with parents and children trying to pass at the same time. Next time I’ll try going earlier to see if I could avoid the crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

Found this area by chance. very nice hike. Found a salamander, handsize, at the waterfall and a baby snake went across our path on the trail. Nice to see wildlife is coming out.

plus found a nice area to put up my hammock and rest.

on Ben Overturff Trail

4 months ago

Good hike. Lots of shades. Easy parking in the neighborhood. Parking Lots is small.

hiking
4 months ago

Visited on a Sunday in March after a week of rain. Gorgeous. There are multiple points along the hike where you cross or near a stream. Enjoy the journey because the lodge at the top is nothing to look at. Literally, there’s nothing there, just the concrete foundation and some rusted parts of an old gate.

Coming back down you’d either have to go back the way you came or take the fire road. For a fire road it was pretty and engaging enough. Nicely empty hike with few people considering weather and a weekend. Most go to the falls, much shorter and more crowded hike.

Went there today with my 5 yo and 10 yo. Increíble setting! Started off with the Bill Cull trail, which was a bit of a surprise with its narrow pathways...but probably made the hike quite an adventure! On the way down from the waterfall we opted to go thru the flatter side. Everyone enjoyed it and we even got a chance to soak our feet in! Take some snacks and a bag to pick up after yourselves.

hiking
4 months ago

Went on a pretty fair day, not too hot not too cool. Started the trail right by the ranger office and walked to the waterfall. Pretty easy and relaxing hike. Found a bench in a tree along the way and a few other nice spots to enjoy the nature. Overall nice hike and I would probably go back!

hiking
5 months ago

We saw a lot of beautiful birds. The waterfall was refreshing and the shade from the trees kept us nice and cool. We will be back!

backpacking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Maybe more of a 3.5 than 4 stars.

Location- I like that it isn't too far to get to (at least for me)...conveniently located near the 210 & 605 fwys

Parking- $6 fee; rangers don't open the gate until 7 am on weekends but you can park down in the residential area for free and walk a little less than a mile to access the trail and start it earlier *btw this is the same entrance you use to do the Monrovia falls hike

We parked near the Trask Scout Reservation sign (see attached pic) and there is a paved road with a sign that says authorized vehicles only...we took that steep road up and passed the dam and got to the trailhead about a mile later. You can pick either of two trails at this point (see attached pic). The one to the left which we took has little stone columns to pass through and is a narrow somewhat steep trail that you stay on for about 2 miles until you reach an area with other trails connecting and we opted to go right and it had an arrow with the word bathroom and that led us back down to complete the loop on the wider fire access type of road so we did the loop clockwise and it took us back down to the trailhead (I used the All Trails app). You then take the same road down past the dam to the parking lot

Distance- 6.7 miles RT
Elevation gain- about 1,600 ft
Duration- between 2-4 hrs
Difficulty- moderate

I typically start at Chantry Flat, but I recently changed it up and started at the top like denoted here. This is a fun route that adds a unique challenge by putting all the climbing on the very last section of trail. You will really feel that section between Sturtevant Camp and the "Halfway" sign at the switchbacks as you have logged abut 9 miles at that point. If you're a real glutton for punishment, try going down to Chantry Flat via Winter Creek Trail and Upper Winter Creek Trail, then come back up Zion Trail and Sturtevant Trails. This route comes out close to 15 miles I think with all the climbing backloaded on the last few miles of the hike. I feel it's a great training hike to do at the moment until the snow pack melts on the more challenging peaks.

hiking
6 months ago

Its a very nice hike and if youre lucky you get to see some deer. Theres free parking 2 miles away from the entrance. But the parking fee is like 6$ i believe. Its a nice trail you keep going up the mountain its a narrow pathway going up. Theres good shady spots and the waterfall is a little small but the views are beautiful.

Easy trail. Waterfall has a decent amount of water at the moment. Scenic and relaxing.

Great shade throughout the hike and a good workout with the amount of uphill climb there is. From the lower parking area (which also has a clean bathroom by the way!) it takes about 2 hours uphill and 1 hour to come down.

hiking
7 months ago

Such a great trail! Loved it - was worried about bears the whole time but we did not spot one. Definitely Yoga & foam rolling to help with soreness - the incline got the best of me.

It was a very nice view and very relaxing

First hike in years. Good moderate/beginners hiking trail. We ran into a family deers. Great little outdoor adventure to start the morning!
Visited on a windy morning, Sunday, December 17, 2017.

hiking
11 months ago

Foresty hike. Way better than most other trails in the area, which are usually no shade and too hot in the summer. Cons is that the bugs like the shade too - lots of flies everywhere we stopped in the shade. Nice view on the trail at the side of the mountain. Beautiful blue damselflies near the nice stream with the little bridge. This hike has all kinds of landscapes - forest, mountain, rocky wall, desert. Great trail.

hiking
11 months ago

cute, easy, clean little hike my daughter and I did see a baby rattle snake

hiking
11 months ago

I really enjoy this kid friendly hike / walk . there's plenty of adventure along the way

on Bill Cull Trail

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A nice short hike. I should note that this trail actually links to the Nature/Waterfall trail. If you're not a fan of steep climbing, I recommend using this when you leave from the waterfalls.

If you do enter this from the falls, the first half is shaded but after that, you'll be exposed to the sun the rest of the way

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Great hike with the kids, clean and neat trail. All uphill on the way there and the waterfall was pleasant.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

didn't get to hike this trail because the gate was locked and park closed due to "extreme heat". it was around 100. we contemplated parking outside and jumping the gate to do the hike anyway, but decided to go somewhere else and avoid potential drama. it also says that the park closes at 5p. not sure if this is actually enforced, but maybe not a great spot for afternoon hikers like me, who like to finish around sunset.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

We parked at nearest lot just north of fork to go towards scout camp. The paved road to the trail head is a hike itself and was recorded at about 1.5 miles. We went through the stone pillars to start the trail head, down to twin springs then up to Deer Park Cabin. This part was confusing as the trail just dead ends past the mule corral..so we backtracked then couldn't decide if we head towards the sign that said restrooms or go back down to the twin springs...we went back down to twin springs and took the lower trail which luckily led to a fire road and we were back on track per the map from the app. Turns out, we probably were supposed to take the trail towards restrooms. I wish the signs had more info like distance, how to get to road, etc. Round trip from car was 8 miles! It was brutal compared to other trails in the area like Monrovia Falls, Eaton Canyon, Sturtavent Falls. Almost felt like climbing would never end. It was cool to see the history of my town but it wasn't as pretty as previously mentioned trails. It gets an A+ for lightly trafficked..it was nice to not be bothered with other hikers. It's a Sunday and saw maybe 10 people total.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Start on 6/3 The trail is closed at the west side. We tried to hit the trail at Switzer picnic area by starting at Millard camp via dawn mine and bear canyon camp. But we failed to find the route connecting bear camp to dawn mine though I saw some red ribbons there.

After turning around, we started again from switzer picnic area, camping in the bear canyon camp for the first day.

The second day we go from bear canyon camp to west fork camp. There scenery is beautiful near the redbox station. Many ladybugs are spotted on some logs. There are some fallen trees between vailey camp and west fork camp, but it is manageable.

For the third day, the section between west fork and Devore camp is a little hard to find the trail and more fallen trees. After Devore camp until spruce grove campground there are many many bugs. Bug head net is recommended.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Had an awesome time. great trail for small dogs and children.

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pretty decent trail to hike. Had to walk a mile on the road pavement to get to the start of the trail; at the beginning you can either start at the right going in between the pile of rocks or go to the left behind the gate; either way you'll end up when you started. Parking was $5 at the lower lot but no one was at the parking gate to collect payment, so I parked for free. It was nice to hike this but I have definitely hiked better trials!

hiking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Alltrails does not have Gabrielino Trail in its entire length??? Not if I can help it!

hiking
Friday, March 31, 2017

I took the day to take a hike, yay! To the trailhead is a good workout on its own. At the trail head you can choose to take a fire road upward or the trail downward. The trail had been recently maintained (hats off to the volunteers, you did a terrific job) so that was nice. This happened to be my second attempt to Deer Park; the first time I took the fire road just to Twin Springs. The Ben Overturff is a great challenge with plenty of switchbacks and steady elevation, but also plenty of shade and scenery. Plaques along the way share some history of the canyon which I found really interesting. Twin Springs is a nice resting place and the water sings a nice song to passers-by. The cabin remnants were a neat ending to the trail. Overall, a great day, but next time I don't think I will do it solo.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

nice easy hiking trail..good for small dogs

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