I am in Monrovia, CA this week for work. I was super excited to find there are a lot of trails in the area. I’m also kicking myself for not bringing my hydration vest.
When I arrived at my hotel they turned me away with a 5 hour wait until my room was ready. I grabbed lunch and looked for trails in the area. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are several. I went back to the hotel and used their lobby bathroom to change clothes and fill up a water bottle. Then I headed to Monrovia Canyon Park.
It was absolutely amazing. It may very well be the prettiest trail I’ve been on in a long time. It promised a waterfall at the back of the canyon. The trail had parts that were thin and had lots of seductive curves calling me around the next corner. It ran next to a stream bed that was dry but had beautiful rounded rocks leading the way.
There was a very pungent sweet smell that I couldn’t identify. I stopped a local and asked but she did not know either. She did say she hoped the waterfall was running. It hadn’t been because of the drought. When I got to the back of the canyon, I was happy to find that it was indeed running. It had rained that morning before my plane landed. On my way out, I ran into a park ranger who told me the smell was Laurel, also known as bay leaf.