This travelogue chronicles our many memorable sojourns to some very special destinations, mostly in California, although we've been known to stray occasionally to Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Life is too darned short, so just gotta hit the road, kick back, and enjoy the great outdoors while one's marbles and joints are still reasonably intact...
Saturday, January 28, 2012
BEN OVERTURFF TRAIL (Monrovia Canyon Park, San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, CA)
This trail originates in Monrovia Canyon Park on Sawpit Canyon Road and traverses about 1.3 miles of paved/dirt road before reaching the actual trailhead. The trail winds about 3.5 miles through scenic Sawpit, Sycamore, and Twin Springs Canyons. The last intersection is with Deer Park Trail, leading to the ruins of Deer Park Lodge, a popular vacation retreat run by Ben Overturff and his wife in the early 20th century.
10/18/97 Elaine, Gil & Rusty. Ben Overturff Trail.
10/18/97 Me, Gil & Rusty.
10/18/97 Rusty, cooling off in the creek.
10/18/97 Elaine, Gil & Rusty.
10/18/97 Parts of the trail are nicely shaded by the canopy of live oaks and dense chaparral.
10/18/97 Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia). Ben Overturff Trail.
Location: Monrovia Canyon Park in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains
County/State: Los Angeles County, CA
Closest Town: Monrovia
Directions: Exit Myrtle Avenue on the 210 Freeway in Monrovia and go north about 2 miles (through old town Monrovia) to Foothill Blvd. and turn right. Go two stoplights to Canyon Blvd. and turn left. Drive through a residential area for about a mile, keeping right, then turn right into Canyon Park at the monument sign. The park entry is about a half mile ahead.