***Santa Anita Wash Trail is closed from Longden Avenue and East Sycamore to the wilderness park for maintenance***
Santa Anita Wash is a 6.32 mile trail that parallels a flood control channel in the cities of Arcadia, El Monte, Monrovia, and unincorporated Los Angeles County. While the trail has a decidedly urban setting, there are still opportunities for wildlife sightings near the Peck Road Water Conservation Park. Additionally, this wide and relatively flat trail makes for an outing that is not difficult and gives locals the option of commuting on a path away from a public street.
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I was excited to explore this trail but discovered that the part of it from Sycamore canyon north to Wilderness Park is 'closed for maintenance'. I decided to explore south from Sierra Madre blvd and should have read Steve's review before going! I found 2 people getting frisky under the first bridge, a shirtless man drinking beer next to his suit case and homeless encampments with piles of trash under every bridge for the next 6 blocks. I climbed out at Santa Clara street after having to literally hop through piles of garbage to get through the tunnel. Needless to say I'm excited for them to open up the best part of the trail and ultimately disappointed that it's been claimed by campers. The amount of trash that has been hauled down there looks like it's gone un checked for years. If it's not going to be maintained or managed LA should shut it down and put efforts elsewhere. At the very least take it off this site so people don't waste their time going down there.
Very nice trail used regularly by residents and a few local high school Cross Country teams. The only problem is that the gate north of Sycamore Ave is almost always locked, which doesn't allow access to the most beautiful part of the trail. Please open the gate, so we can enjoy the scenic, natural trail between Sycamore Ave. and Wilderness Park!
L.A. County should be ashamed of this "trail". If you like riding through homeless settlements, looking at trash along the trail, and having to cross streets because the underpasses are full of garbage, glass, and who knows what creepsters, then this is the trail for you! Stick to the Rio Hondo Trail. It's actually maintained. I'm not sure what decade this trail was last maintained.