Looking for activities that will keep your money in your pocket? Because you live in the Foothills, there is lots of nature to see at zero or minimum cost. The next time you feel like having fun on a shoestring, consider the following options:
BIG DALTON WILDERNESS AREA IN GLENDORA
Did you know that Glendora has 32 hiking trails? That should keep you busy for a while! Those trails are divided amongst two wilderness areas, one of which is Big Dalton, comprised of about 690 miles. As long as you walk on the marked trails and keep your pets on leashes, you should be able to have buckets of fun at no cost at all. The trails range from one third of a mile to two miles long, and from easy to very strenuous levels of difficulty; the pick is yours. Click here for a map of the Big Dalton Wilderness Area, and enjoy!
CRYSTAL LAKE IN AZUSA
Going up (north) on Azusa Avenue and into the canyon, not only will you get fabulous views of the mountains all around you, but you’ll also eventually reach Crystal Lake, a naturally formed lake (which is a rarity) that is fed by rain and snow. Because of that, the way it looks and how much water there’s in it depend completely on the weather. This is not a swimming lake, but it’s a favorite of fishermen. The comparatively short drive up to Crystal Lake will cost you only the gas in your car. You can bring a picnic and enjoy it at the tables near the campground, and there’s also a small café/store where you can purchase food were you to forget something. INSIDER TIP: Did you know that the owner of Crystal Lake Cafe is a gourmet chef!? YES! You can call ahead (at least 2 weeks) if you have a big group of friends going and he can prepare something special for you. We have done this before when we ride up there with our motorcycle group.
MONROVIA CANYON PARK
For sure one of the best spots in the area, Monrovia Canyon Park is open daily from sunrise to 9 pm to pedestrians, and from 8 am to 5 pm daily (except Tuesdays) to vehicles. If you drive, there will be a parking fee of $5 or $6 depending on the date. There’s a fabulous waterfall trail that, after the rains we’ve been having, must be at its best! Find more information here.
That’s at least three days of fun for free, folks! And think of all the pictures for your Instagram accounts!
Dena Burroughs photo