Wandering is always a great way to spend the weekend. My husband and I have been discovering many places around Orange County that we never knew existed. Today we decided to explore Monrovia, California. We ended up in Monrovia Canyon Park. Monrovia Canyon Park is a small, 80 acre nature park . This park sits just along the boundaries of the Los Angeles National Forest and in the San Gabriel Mountains.
We quickly realized that the main attraction at this beautiful park was the waterfall and the wildlife that is has to offer. The waterfall is approximately 30 feet tall. Now, I know this sounds peculiar small for a waterfall. However, the hike up is what you should be the most excited about.
There are three trails that will lead you to the waterfall. We decided to take the longest trail which is the Bill Cull Trail. This trail lets you enjoy the most out of the beautiful scenery. We highly recommend this trail if you have a lot of time in your hands. If you decide to take the Bill Cull Trail you will have to hike about 0.7 miles before reaching the junction. The junctions connects all of the trails together. Once you’ve reached the junction you will follow the Nature Trail. Last but not least, you will follow the Falls Trail which will lead you directly to the waterfall. Basically, If you decide to take the Bill Cull Trail it will take you approximately 1.7 miles to get to the waterfall.
Along our hike we took some beautiful pictures. We took our time to reach the waterfall. We were super excited to explore all the trails.
We also saw a handful of wildlife on our hike. The Monrovia Canyon park is super popular for their population of bears. However, we didn’t spot any during our little hike.
We did notice this little ladybug just chilling on a rock . (Falls Trail)
We captured this bird resting during our hike at Falls Trail.
This playful squirrel was captured on our hike back to our car. (Nature Trail)
When we finally reached the waterfall we decided to take some pictures in front of it. We literally took out our tripod and just self timed our photos. After we had captured our moment we sat down by the waterfall and just relaxed. The sound of the water was so relaxing. The weather was also perfect. it was a partly cloudy day and that definitely work towards our favor for taking pictures.
On our way down we found a ginormous fallen tree. Of course we had to take a couple more pictures. (Falls Trail)
Things You Should Know Before Visiting:
- The park opens from 7am-5pm on weekdays and 8am-5pm on the weekends
- It is CLOSED only on Tuesdays.
- There is paid parking close to the trails ( $5). However, It is completely free if you park in the nearby community.
- It is a beginner’s hike. It is super easy so if you’re a big hiker this will be a piece of cake for you.
Overall, It was a great idea to go visit this small nature park. It really does have a lot to offer and the hike wasn’t as hard as I imagined it would be! We would definitely go for another morning walk here.