Saturday, June 15, 2013
Hike 2013.033 -- Sawpit Wash to Monrovia Falls
It seems impossible to believe, but if my blog postings are correct, it's been 18 months since my last visit to Monrovia Falls.
The route I took today was actually a repeat of this hike, from March 2011 Again, it seems impossible that it's been this long since I hiked this trail.
Cross to the west side of the road at the crosswalk after the entrance station, and head on up the trail. You'll gain altitude quickly, and soon have a view of the very impressive Sawpit Canyon Dam. Despite it's imposing facade, it's now a "run of the river" dam, which means it impounds essentially no water.
since my first hike to Monrovia Falls, almost 3 1/2 years ago.
Once the "long" (3-mile roundtrip trail) joins up with the other, shorter trails to the falls that originate within the park, the going gets more crowded. Still, it wasn't until reaching the waterfall that I saw more than a half-dozen people at a time. There, there must have been 30 or so people in the area. Those that were there took turns posing in front of the falls, so you almost had to accept a picture with strangers in it. Oh, well. At least they give some perspective on size.
About 6 miles round trip for the day. There are a few steep areas with large enough drop offs that very young children (under five) should probably not hike) Dogs are permitted, on a leash, and with their waste picked up by their owners.