Monroe Truck Road - Trail, Glendora, California

Monroe Truck Road - Trail, Glendora, California

DESCRIPTION

I hesitate to call this trail fire road as it is more like wide singletrack. This is a fairly easy trail although to do the full length of the trail involves a lot of climbing. The first part of the trail is a little technical as there are large rocks in the trail and there are a few creek crossings. About a mile back you begin climbing and the trail becomes a lot smoother. About 1.5 to 2 miles up you come to the top of Poopout Hill and get a great few of the San Gabriel Valley. At this point there is a singletrack trail that you can ride down into Big Dalton Canyon and then loop back to your car on Glendora Mtn Rd. The singletrack is pretty technical with some steep downhill switchbacks and loose dirt, big rocks and ruts. Otherwise you can stay on the Monroe Truck Road and keep grinding all the way up to where is reconnects with Glendora Mtn Rd. I think it must be about 7-8 miles total from the trail head. Before you reach the road you will be treated to an awesome panoramic view of the back ranges of the San Gabriel Mountains. The first time I did this trail was in winter and the mountains were covered from crown to foot in snow. Mt Baldy looms humongous to the right. The way back is an all downhill ride. Watch your speed though. Although this trail does not see a lot of use I have encountered a few hikers on it.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 21, 2014]
gzank6
Weekend Warrior

Rode this in August, I hit it really early so the sun wasn't a huge factor. You get a good amount of shade up the canyon until poop out trail, then you get some sun for a bit then shade after a few miles. Once the sun is overhead around 11 to 12 this would heat up pretty good in the summer. The first mile is rocky and tough going up, but after that its just climbing, climbing and climbing. I didn't ride it back down, I was worn out from the climb and took GMR down, I imagine it is a fast ride, there are some sections up top that are very narrow with ruts and shrubs making it very tight. There is a shuttle now and then dropping riders off at the top, so I imagine it can get busy. Plenty of hikers but fewer as you get past poop out but always keep an eye out. Soon, i'll make the climb again and check out the downhill.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Jan 19, 2013]
Steve
Weekend Warrior

I rode this with two friends this past thursday. I rode it once before about twenty years ago. Back then it was all fire road, now it's all single track. Toughest part is the rocky section at the bottom( especially going uphill). The rest of the trail is technically easy. Just a lot of climbing. There is a rut running down the middle of the trail is some secftions. Once again, mostly a problem going up.

Customer Service

I would ride this again, but would save for the cool months

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 13, 2008]
frana
Cross Country Rider

The start of the trail was very heavily washed out by recent rains. Had to get off the bike often. After that it was a great ride. Parts of the trail had a rut down the center of the trail making it more challenging to climb at times. The views were spectacular.

Customer Service

Will wait till the trail drys up in the summer time.

Similar Products Used:

Marshall Canyon, Claremont Wilderness trail

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4
VALUE
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3
[Jan 30, 2006]
glendora
Cross Country Rider

Monroe is ridable up the stream bed although it is kinda rocky and technical. Once you reach the fireroad it is time to start climbing. You have to get off your bike a couple of times due to last years storms washing out the trail. Once you reach the first lookout you can keep climing although the trail get more overgrown the higher you go or take Mystic back down the other side. Mystic is the best its been in years and is completely ridable. Watch your speed you never no when your going to run into a horse or hiker.

Customer Service

Once you get to the first look out go down the tail to the left not poop out.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 14, 2004]
romeofoever
Cross Country Rider

Since the heavy rainfalls in 03' the trail was pretty badly messed up. I usually park on GMR and ride up but the first mile or so in the valley is all rocky and the trail is pretty washed away, although is has probably been reestablished by now. the main trail had many deep washouts and kinda makes it a pain to complete when you're doin a quick run. look out for rattlers in the heat, ive seen a few rattler trails on the trailhead so be careful. once you get the nice climb outta the way, theres a beautiful reward at the top, on clear days i can see out to downtown and farther. it really makes tho whole ride worth it.

Customer Service

i used to park by the closed gate but now they require an adventure pass, so you can either buy one from sport chalet near by or park in the streets down the hill and ride up the street. it makes for a nice lil sprint on your way back, ive hit about 45 downhill coming back to my car.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 03, 2000]
Manny

Great trial.....Once you get to Dalton you can take single track down. Very fast, lots of sharp loose rock, many a time with pinch flats. We call this trail Mystic. Because it end in Mystic Canyon.
We have done a drop off on top. Friends drive trucks to the top and straight downhill down GMR.
Very fast. Watch for hikers! Turns are pretty blind at times.

Similar Products Used:

Marshall Canyon, Chantry Flats, Brown (El Prieto) Mountain, Turnbull Canyon

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 02, 2001]
suzanne wilson

see above comment.

Customer Service

Rode trail for first time. Started off as a nice singletrack but soon became what I would characterize as a narrow fire road. The singletrack that connects w/ dalton was fun but very short (less than 2 miles).
Nice scenery but wish there was less fireroad and more singletrack.

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3
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 30, 2001]
CHAZ

BEGIN AT THE GATE AT THE TOP OF THE TRAIL. LITTLE BIT OF CLIMBING WITH IN BETWEEN DOWNHILL. GOOD SPEED AND SOMEWHAT LOOSE GRAVEL AND ROCKS. GOOD TURNS WITH SOME BLIND ONES THROWN IN FOR FUN. AFTER A LITTLE THIGH BURNING CLIMB ABOUT A MILE OR TWO INTO THE TRAIL, ITS ALL DOWNHILL FROM THERE. GREAT SPEED AND FUN TURNS. VERY LOOSE IN SPOTS AND WATCH THOSE BLIND CORNERS. ABOUT 5 MILES OR SO DOWN YOU CAN CUT TO THE SINGLE TRACK THEY CALL MYSTIC OR STAY ON THE TRAIL AND CONTINUE TO THE BOTTOM FOR A LITTLE CREAK CROSSING AND SWITCHBACKS. THERE ARE A COPY OF SMALL JUMPS ALONG THE WAY IF YOU LOOK FOR THEM AND SOME SMALL DROP-INS TOWARDS THE BOTTOM. VERY FUN FOR A SHORT 1 HR OR SO RIDE WITH THE FRIENDS. GO IN THE EVENING OR MORNING TO AVOID THE HEAT....

Customer Service

SHUTTLE TO THE TOP OF GMR. LOOK FOR THE VERY LARGE TURN OFF ABOUT 20 MINUTES UP THE ROAD. THERE IS A GATE THAT LEADS TO THE TRAIL ON THE RIGHT. PARK CAR HERE AND BEGIN YOUR RIDE.

Similar Products Used:

TRAIL OFF TO THE LEFT OF GMR, NO NAME GIVEN LOOK FOR OTHER REVIEW.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 19, 2002]
bglover

Please exercise caution, because you will encounter horses on this trail. There are several large stable, equestrian homes in the area. The equestrians maintain and groom the trails. Do not ride up fast on horses, please make noise so riders know you are coming around blind curves. Please greet the rider, so the horse knows you are a human. Please respect the trail in our hometown which we work hard to maintain. We have trail-day every April if you care to join us for maintenance. Lets work together to save our trails, so you don't lose priveledges due to a few dangerous bikers. Going down the switch back at Poop out is narrow, very steep, slippery and extremely rocky. Horse riders like to ride up it to condition their animals. Expect them.

Customer Service

Do not go down single track from Poop out, if you run into a horse, someone could get really hurt. If you do go down it, proceed with caution, announce your presence, yield to hikers and horse-riders.

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2
VALUE
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[Oct 18, 2002]
Sean

Great climb, great view, was doing this ride at night until the USFS closed because of fire danger. Still have never ridden this during the day. Awesome views at night.

Customer Service

Take the whole trail up to the summit, then go down GMR for about 2-3 miles and take the widows single track back down to the trail head.

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5
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