From The Fountain To The Falls

It’s a fun event and it’s pretty cool to see the younger kids doing this.

It’s a 10k run. No, it’s a 10k walk. No it’s a 10k trail run. No, it’s a 10k hike. Well, it’s actually all of these, and which description applies, really depends on how you tackle it. The event is called the Monrovia Fountain to the Falls Run/Walk. Even though it’s considered a 10k race, it’s actually closer to 7 miles. What makes this event rather unique is that the route starts out about halfway through the Old Town district of Monrovia, California at the public library. It is here that you will find a large and beautiful water fountain, hence half of the inspiration for the name of this event. It then ascends up Myrtle Avenue through several streets worth of foothill neighborhoods (with an abundance of turn of the century craftsman homes, and ‘old money’ mansions), and then enters into Monrovia Canyon Park. The route through the park then becomes a hike, or trail run, for the last 1.5 miles on the trail to Monrovia Canyon Falls. The falls, though somewhat smaller than the falls on neighboring waterfall trails, are an impressive two tier type. The City of Monrovia hosts this event on the second Saturday morning in May, which makes for perfect timing when the falls are flowing very nicely.

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Here’s to Another Great Year of Hiking!

And it’s the invaluable advice, input, and really just hiking with them, that has made me not just a better hiker, but also someone who sees more value in experiences rather than material things.

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Today marks the anniversary of one full year of putting some quality, consistent hiking into my lifestyle. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always hiked off and on throughout the years but never on a regular basis. I regret that a little bit because I’ve discovered that we have some very beautiful mountains right here in SoCal. Then there’s Zion National Park, which I have been visiting annually for the past 10 years. Continue reading