Thursday, April 7

Bear Encounter & Monrovia Falls

Just east of previously trekked Chantry Flats, Andrew & I embarked on a midday journey to Monrovia Falls. This was a good hike I had found online that neither of us had explored on before.

First & foremost, Tuesdays = front gate closed. Visitors can park for free in the neighborhood south of the entrance on Canyon. Adding another paved 1/2 mile to the hike you had already planned on.

Normally there is a $5 dollar fee to use one of three parking lots within the park. Andrew & I opted for the the longest of three routes to the falls for our accent, with a shorter trip on our way back. The Bill Cull Trail switch-backed up the hillside & wondered above the creek with grand views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Dropping down a bit over a mile to meet back with creek & the main trail to the falls.

What happened next on our adventure was an unexpected miracle. The two of us were approaching a blind left bend in the trail & heard rustling above. Paused, we looked not twenty feet in front of us, two brown bears coming down the hill towards the trail we were on. Below the bears spotted up & proceeded slower.

Moving slowly, Andrew & I paused while the two bears crossed the trail & down a small incline to the waters edge. A mother bear & her cub drank from the creek. After a moments rest, there was a sense of urgency to move on by everyone involved. The two bears slowly made their way into the thick underbrush, while Andrew & I turned to each other in total disbelief in what had just happened.

The trail gave way to more elevation change with the scenery changing to a more rock surfaced canyon. Opening up at one point to a monumental double rock face with fifteen foot tall roots clinging to the rocks. Andrew stand in glory below.

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” - Ansel Adams

New adventures soon...

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