This past Sunday I had the pleasure of hiking in Monrovia Canyon Park with my friend Jennifer. Given that it was a weekend where other parts of the country were experiencing record freezing temperatures, I’m VERY grateful for the sunshine and warmth.
While the only sweeping vistas are at the beginning of the trail on the way in (which also seemed to be the “steepest” incline), the shaded sunlit greenery was delightful.
I would recommend, as some of the trail descriptions online told me before my hike, to wear a couple layers of clothing. The sunshine versus the shade makes it nice to have an option for your preferred body temperature.
With the trail crossing the stream, hopping across rocks, places to stop for a break beside the stream, and a waterfall at the end, the sound of water accompanied us for pretty much the entire hike. Very peaceful.
And the park/trail is dog-friendly! And yes, there’s water for them to dip into 🙂
I’d recommend this hike for anyone who wants some light exercise, get that heart rate up a bit, and a little communion with good ol’ mother Earth. It’s about a 3.5 mile hike round trip. This is an “easy” trail, so if you’re amped and need some sort of strenuous workout to prove you’re one tough-as-nails cookie… this isn’t the trail to satisfy that need. Who wants to huff and puff through this abundance of green? (Let’s not kid ourselves, I still huffed AND puffed on this trail… but I did NOT blow the house down.)
Though rated an “easy” trail, it was lovely because going slowly and enjoying each step enabled me to soak up on the green. GREEN! I got really excited to dive below the treetops (I didn’t literally dive off the cliff and through the treetops. My guess: very painful. Rather, the more mindful approach of one foot in front of the other as the trail wound its way into the green.)
Yes… a green glow of light coming through treetops, bouncing off of ferns, lighting up strands of spiderwebs and bursts of pollen falling like fairy dust off the trees… Mmmm
I’d go again.