Wednesday Night Fun Runs
Monrovia Canyon Park is Closed
All "runs" - means you can run, jog or walk - unless otherwise specified in the Club Run Calendar or last Wednesday of April through September trail runs, start from the Northeast side of the REI store parking lot at 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. in Arcadia, CA 91006. Unless otherwise noted in the monthly calendar or specific run info below, runners and walkers arrive at 6:00pm to schmooze and take off at 6:15pm. Check the Club Run Calendar for run and restaurant for each Wednesday night. Click on the map on right to bring up a full Google map.
Run routes are designed with different distances for fast runners or walkers to finish between 1 hour to 1.5 hours in order to get cardio benefit. Armed with a route sheet and/or map you will have to work at getting lost :-) However, until you become familiar with the route, it is suggested that you keep other club members in sight at all times. Bring a flashlight and reflective clothing as well as run more defensively facing traffic during the dark months - Sunrise / Sunset
Most distances on the maps are as driven in a vehicle, bike or wheeled using a calibrated odometer, or estimated using Google Maps distance measuring with streets. Most GPS's are not accurate enough for measuring running trail distances, especially in the mountains. See the discussion on GPS accuracy. But basically, GPS position accuracy is a 5 meter radius or a little over 16 feet. Most sports GPS devices take a position reading every 1 second to calculate distance traveled. This is only 4.4 feet for a 20 min/mile walker and 8.8 feet for a 10 min/mile runner. Each data point can then have up to 200% error. Only those devices that you can change the data point times to 10 seconds or more will be reasonably accurate in open areas where multiple satellites are tracked and not so adversely blocked by trees and hills.
Route Sheets can be download and printed for each of the named Wednesday night runs listing the number of blocks to the next street turn. This format is the similar to bicycle route sheets. Until you get familiar with the routes, print out the map and route sheet and take with you on the run.
Wednesday Night Fun Run Maps:
Hillcrest - Hilly 4.2 to 7.3 miles - Route sheet.
Mary's Market - Hilly 4.0 to 7.1 miles..
Yoshi's Run - Hilly 4.4 to 6.0 miles.
Special Club Events:
A Snail's Pace - has loops from the running shop at 750 S. Myrtle Ave (NE corner with Walnut) Monrovia:
Clamshell Truck Trail run -
8am, December 24th, Christmas Eve Morning - a club tradition since 1982. Nice scenic out and back 8 mile round trip, with options, on a dirt road trail in the hills above Monrovia. Park before 7:40am to walk up Ridgeside for the group photo at 7:55am sharp at the trail head driveway. Brunch after at the Nano Cafe in Sierra Madre at 10:30am.
Hastings Christmas Lights run - Bill and Stella Dietrich started this sight seeing run in 1981 and the club has been doing it ever since on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday in December. The walker and runner route map is updated for the current best streets the day after the lights and decorations are all up and running by the 2nd Saturday in December. Walkers off at 6:05pm and runners at 6:15pm so to arrive at the overlook about the same time. Wear Santa hats, antlers, lights, or costume on the run if you like. The club's Christmas party follows the run at 7:30pm.
Rose Parade Float run - Park on San Rafael Ave and walk up to the west end of the Colorado Blvd (Suicide) Bridge ready to go at 6:00 AM the morning of the Rose Parade in Pasadena. Walk or jog the route then meet back on the bridge to watch the flyover at 8 AM. Breakfast after at the Nano Cafe in Sierra Madre.
Run With Us - Up to 6 mile round trip out and back from the running store at 235 N. Lake Ave in Pasadena. This run is substituted for a regular Wednesday night run when they invite us for a special event.
Cool Breeze Bike Ride, 50K / 100K and more, 3rd Saturday in August, Ventura CA. Easy ride along the coast toward Santa Barbara. Great food aid stations and popsicles.
Ride for the Buns Bike Rides, Balboa (36.6 miles), Seal Beach (48 or 61 miles) with a cinnamon bun factory turn around.
Mountain Trail Maps:
On the last Wednesday of the months of April through September, the club runs the trails in the local mountains and each brings a picnic dinner for after. Occasionally, road closures due to slides or high fire danger have made us use alternate locations out of sequence. The locations will be announced in the monthly newsletter and by the weekly email. Those who do not know these trails or have not run trails before, need to run with those that have for safety. Good trail running shoes or street shoes with a good ground gripping tread are a must. Carrying a single water bottle pack and flash light are suggested. Also it is a good idea to carry a FRS walkie talkie on channel 14 in case you or some one near you gets lost or injured.
Altadena Crest Trail - this trail goes along the base of the mountains from Eaton Canyon to Loma Alta Park with a break on each side of Fair Oaks Ave. Part of this trail from the Tenoble to Zane Gray trailheads is an alternative to our Echo Mountain Wednesday night trail run.
Bailey Canyon Trail - from Bailey Canyon Park, 451 W. Carter in Sierra Madre. Starting at 6:15pm, go up the trail until 7:10 PM or til you reach the ruins at 2.2 miles then turn around. Faster runners might reach Jones Peak at 3.3 miles for a great view. There are 3 sets of benches where you can take a break and take in the great views.
Brown Mountain Loops - from the end of Altadena Dr. in Altadena you can access trails that use the Arroyo by JPL as the starting point.
Eaton Canyon Falls - from the Eaton Canyon Nature Center - run/hike to the falls, just under 2 miles. After the initial stream crossing at the start, follow the trail on the east side of the stream. Just after the bridge, there will be 10 stream crossings in a half mile to the falls. Bring a change of shoes. An alternative is to go up to Henninger Flat with only one stream crossing at the start - see hiking trails
Echo Mountain and the cable car ruins - The trail head is at the top of Lake Ave in Altadena. Round trip is about 5.5 miles. Check out the photo's at the top of what the cable car, hotel, zoo, observatory, etc., looked like over 100 years ago. See the video history of the Mt. Lowe Railway as found on the Mt. Lowe Brewery web site.
El Prieto & Gabrielino Western Trail - Round trip from the Gabrielino Western Trailhead in Altadena to the Brown Mountain Road on the El Prieto Trail is 5.8 miles. This trail is the last single track section of the AC100. An easier alternaive, but longer is to go up the Gabrielino Western Trail up the Arroyo Seco and turn around at the Brown Canyon Debris Dam for 8.5 miles round trip.
Flint Canyon - Start from the turn around at the south end of the parking road that paralles the fence and Oak Grove Dr. in Hahamongna Park. This is an interesting trail following a stream at the base of the Flintridge hills. One way distance is about 2 miles but can be extended into the Cherry Canyon maze of trails.
Henninger Flat - from the Eaton Canyon Nature Center - run/hike to the Flats, just under 3 miles. After the initial stream crossing at the start, follow the trail on the east side of the stream. About .4 miles up the canyon, turn right at the sign,
Hoegee's Loop - Starting from Chantry Flat, the just under 6 mile loop goes clockwise (all right turns at every trail junction) out the Upper Winter Creek trail to Hoegee's Camp and back via the Lower Winter Creek trail.
Microwave Site out and back from the Chantry Flats upper parking lot. Bring a flashlight for the return depending on sunset.. The gate at the top of Santa Anita is locked by the Sierra Madre PD at 8PM, so leave the parking lot in a group with some one that has a key.
Monrovia Falls out and back from Grand Ave Park to the falls in Monrovia Canyon Park is 5.4 miles via the Bill Cull Trail. Shorter via picking up the falls trail from the Picnic parking lot, or doing the Overlook Trail - see map detail.
Monrovia Hillside Wilderness Preserve - There are a number of trails in the foothills above Monrovia.
Highland/Cloverleaf Loop map - This is a short - 1.83 miles - but hilly climb trail loop taken from the Cloverleaf side of the Monrovia Wilderness Preserve and uses the Lower Clamshell Connector Trail.
Cloverleaf/Hairpin Loop - 1.7 mile loop exploring some of the single tracks in the Wilderness Preserve. If you want a little more, when you get back to the Ranger Station, take Roberts Crazy 8 Trail for 9/10ths more.
Mount Wilson Trail in Sierra Madre. Start at Mt. Wilson Trail Park, 189 E. Mira Monte - take Baldwin Ave north from the 210 almost all the way up and turn right on Mira Monte. Most can make the 1.5 Miles to First Water before the 7:00pm turn around time and then come back down. As an alternative, there is a new bypass trail you can take by turning left at the top of the Slide Switchbacks. Charlies New Trail comes back down to the Mt. Wilson Trail at Rescue Ridge and has great views from the benches - See the Slide Bypass Map. If you take the Mt. Wilson Trail all the way up to Mt. Wilson, it is about 7 miles. Also check out the Mt. Wilson Trail race review.
Sturtevant Falls run from Chantry Flat, it is a keyhole out and back of about 5 miles going out on the Lower trail and coming back on the upper trail from the Fern Lodge Junction. Walkers can go 3 miles round trip to the base of the falls.
Other trail maps in the local area:
7th Ave Trail -This trail in Hacienda Heights is a good alternative to Chantry Flat if Chantry is closed due to high fire danger or road closings. The 2.7 mile run is a loop that goes up to the Skyline/Schabarum trail and back with a 660ft altitude gain and can be extended either direction on top on the old Skyline Trail which goes from the 605 to the 57. It is a good training area for those doing the Catalina Marathon or Avalon 50M/50K. The Skyline trail basically follows the Edison high tension power lines across the top of the Puente Hills - see maps and info. Trails are open from 9am to 5pm.
Arroyo Seco Trails - Popular, relatively flat urban trail system on the west side of Pasadena.
Azusa Canyon, West Fork - This used to be a club run the Friday morning after Thanksgiving and was called the "Turkey
Burner" where we would work some calories off run/walk/riding up the West Fork of the San Gabriel River in Azusa Canyon. Out and back on paved no vehicle road next to a stream. Gentle rise to the 6 mile marker then 400 ft climb to Cogswell Dam.
Bonelli Park Trails - This 2000 acre LA County park surrounding Puddingstone Reservour in San Dimas has miles of single track trails.
Cherry Canyon Trails - A complex of trails just south of the 210 and east of the 2 in La Canada - Flintridge.
Dawn Mine Loop - A 10 mile round trip trail run to an old gold mine in the mountains above Altadena. It is an adventure back in to the history of 100 years ago.
Glendora South Hills Park - This close by and easy access Park has an interesting maze of single track trails right next to the 210 Freeway. In the north part of Glendora there are a series of trails off of Glendora Mountain Road and Big Dalton Canyon.
Griffith Park Hozers Loop - Good hilly long training run for marathon or ultra with 4 water stops. Plenty of cross trails to make it shorter or longer. There is a 3.5 mile tour of Hozer's Benches you can take from the Bird Sancturary.
Hastings Peak Loop - Tough 11.7 mile loop from Bailey Canyon Park in Sierra Madre to the Mt. Wilson Toll Road and back down Mt. Wilson Trail from Manzantia Ridge. Or add a scenic 2 mile out and back to the Bailey Canyon run.
Millard Loop - 6.6 mile loop from the west end of Altadena Dr going up the Altadena Crest Trail from Loma Alta Park to Millard Campground. Then along the Lower Brown Mountain road to take the El Prieto trail down to the Gabrielino Trail and back to the end of Altadena Dr.
Monrovia Canyon - A 7 to 9.5 mile round trip, 2000ft rise trail run to see the Deer Park Lodge ruins and the historic Ben Overturff trail.
Mt. Baden-Powell - Nice trail and part of the AC100 course from Vincent Gap up and back or continue on to Islip Saddle.
Mt. Lowe Trail - 16 mile round trip from the top of Lake St. in Pasadena via the Sam Merrill trail going up the East Mt. Lowe trail to the top and coming down the West trail. An alternative is to go to the Mueller Tunnel before turning around.
Mt. Wilson Loop - 14 mile loop from Chantry Flat.
Mt. Zion Loop - This is a beautiful 9 mile loop on trails from Chantry Flat. It was an annual club event on New Years Eve morning from 1995 to 2017 and was retired with the passing of Hozer Gilmore who created it.
Rubio Canyon Trail - A short hike to see the ruins of the bottom station of the Incline Railway to Echo Mountain plus some water falls.
Silver Mocassin Trail -Out from Shortcut Saddle on Hwy 2 to Newcomb's Ranch and back - about 13 miles round trip - in the upper San Gabriel Mountains behind Mt. Wilson. Part of the AC100 course.
Strawberry Peak Loop - This is a great 10 or 15 mile trail run in the high mountains above La Canada and is the middle section of the Mt. Disappointment 50K.
Verdugo Hills - Start from 4 locations in the Glendale/Burbank area. All are dirt jeep roads. Carry water, there is none on top.
Dan's Hiking Pages - Long list of hikes in the San Gabriels.
Grand Canyon Rim to Rim - Can a vacation to see the Grand Canyon in Arizona be complete for a trail runner if they dont take one of the challenging Rim trails to see the Colorado River up close and personal?
Half Dome - 6 hour drive to Yosemite Valley to hike/jog a section of the John Muir trail with spectacular waterfalls and vistas of the Sierras. The final 425 ft of climb up to the top of Half Dome is aided by a set of cables.
Mt. Whitney Main Trail - A 4 hr drive to one of those challenging mountain hikes that most want to try at least once to the highest spot in the contiguous USA - 14,505 ft.
These restaurants are rotated each week for variety and are listed on the calendar page. Plan to arrive at the restaurant and order before 8:00 PM after the Wednesday night runs. The restaurants were chosen by the Eats committee and those who regularly go to dinner with the club. Each restaurant agrees to give us separate checks and not impose a group or fixed tip. We also ask that food and drink be served soon after each individual orders rather than wait for all to arrive, etc. Preferably, the restaurant serves beer and wine and has a moderately priced menu. The restaurant needs to have their kitch open and accept orders up until 8:30pm.
Pizza Tailgate Dinner - held in the REI parking lot or local brewery on the 3rd Wednesdays after the run in the months of April through October. Pizza is provided as a member benefit to club members only, guests and non-members give $5 to the treasurer. If a guest becomes a member during that year, they can deduct the $5 from the $25 membership. Where else can you get 7 pizza nights for $25? Bring your folding chairs, drinks and any additional food items if you dont like pizza.
On meeting nights (2nd Wednesday) during the months of April through September, it is BYO dinner and drinks in the REI parking lot.
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