Friday, January 1, 2016
Hike 2015.100 -- Monrovia Canyon
Wasn't sure where I might wind up for my final hike of the year. My worst-case scenario was that I'd do an after-dark hike in Griffith Park. But I wasn't looking forward to walking in the cold. Fortunately, I got off from work early enough to manage something before sunset.
Monrovia Canyon has several access points from near Mountain Avenue. The southernmost access is on Lemon Avenue, just a bit east of Mountain. There's also one east of Mountain, at Foothill. But I continued on up to Greystone.
Not certain of my total mileage from there. I'd guess about 1.5 to 2.0 miles from there to the park fee station. About 1/2 mile before the fee station is a gate that was locked. It said the park was closed, but there's an opening for hikers to pass around the gate, and I saw plenty of hikers on the road, so I figured it was just closed to motor vehicles, but open to people on foot.
Nice to have that confirmation.
Probably saw 20 or so other hikers on my hike. That's pretty empty compared to many other visits.
On my previous trip up to Monrovia Canyon Park, I noticed that a spur trail that had been closed and under construction since my first visit to this park (back in 2010). That first hike was before I started my blog, although it was one of my first 100 hike year. No write up or post on that original hike, but here's the write-up from my second visit to the falls, in 2011.
After finishing my visit to the falls (and after having taken many pictures, of course), I returned back the trail, to the turnoff for the Cunningham Overlook. This one is given as 3/4 mile each way from the entry station. It's no more than 1/4 mile from the start, so the entire spur is only about 1/2 mile, each way, or 1 mile, roundtrip, away from the main trail. In fact, it feels shorter than that.
It's funny how excited I still get to photography deer in a quasi-wild setting, considering how often I have seen them grazing on front lawns in Monrovia, or on the lawn at Griffith Park, or practically swarming around Zion Canyon. So I shot plenty, but most were of those pictures were completely unusable.
Easy hike. Not much of a crescendo to my third year of actually making 100 hikes. And I'm sure my mileage was probably only about 1/2 of my first 100-plus hike year. Still, nice to get some extra activity in. I think the Fitbit helped. Maybe more on that, later. I still have a number of 2015 hikes to blog, and, of course, hope to continue frequent hiking into 2016.
Happy New Year, fellow hikers!