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Monroe Truck Road

Average Rating:    (3.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

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.
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Latitude
34.134541681937364
Longitude
-117.85308837890625
Trail Directions
210 to Glendora Ave. drive north to Sierra Madre turn right. Turn left on Glendora Mtn Rd. Drive to a point right before the road starts switchbacking up the hill to your left. There is a dirt parking area. Trailhead is a few yards up the road. A narrow opening let's you ride around the gate.
Trail Length
16 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Glendora
   


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Review Date
September 21, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: gzank6 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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Review Date
January 19, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Steve ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

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



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Review Date
January 13, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: frana ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Will wait till the trail drys up in the summer time.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Marshall Canyon, Claremont Wilderness trail



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Review Date
January 30, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: glendora ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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



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Review Date
June 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: romeofoever ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.



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