Monrovia Canyon Falls

Azusa, California 91702

Monrovia Canyon Falls

Monrovia Canyon Falls Professional Guide

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"Monrovia Canyon Park is one of the true gems of the San Gabriel Mountains. This route heads to the park’s year-round thirty-foot waterfall, tucked in the back of Monrovia Canyon amid an impressive canopy of twisted, old-growth oak trees. This is a wonderfully peaceful and serene getaway from city life and is a perfect hiking spot for families.

Begin your climb in the oak-dappled sunlight and keep right at 0.2 mile as the looming form of the Sawpit Canyon Dam emerges to the northeast. This monstrous 147-foot-tall structure was built in 1927 but shortly after it was completed, engineers discovered the dam's foundation was too weak to hold the water it was planned to contain."

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"Tucked away obscurely in two shady canyons behind the foothill community of Monrovia is one of the most beautiful parks in the Los Angeles area: Monrovia Canyon Park. Adding spice to the rich profusion of the riparian vegetation in these canyons is 40-foot-high Monrovia Canyon Falls, which runs with frothy exuberance for weeks or months after the rainy season ends. From the nature center, start walking up Monrovia Canyon to the north on a trail that mostly sticks close to the canyon's sparkling stream. Sometimes the trail gets narrow, eroded, and slippery enough to cause some difficulty with footing--a cautionary note for those with small kids." Read more
Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides)
Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel
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"An easy jaunt through a primeval-looking riparian rainforest culminates at a charming waterfall resplendent with alluring flora and fauna at its bubbling crest." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: San Gabriel Valley (Falcon Guides)
Allen Riedel
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"Walk through lovely Monrovia Canyon Park to a glorious waterfall on this easy hike that’s suitable for the entire family." Read more

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586 feet
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2-3 hours
Monrovia Canyon Park
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USGS Azusa
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