Poop Out And Punk Out Trails Glendora
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Hiking Up Poop Out And Punk Out Trails In Glendora

The hike ascending Poop Out and Punk Out trails takes hikers up 1632ft of elevation in just under 2 miles. This is a memorable hike to be sure, and not just because of the unforgettable trail names!

The hike ascending Poop Out and Punk Out trails takes hikers up 1632ft of elevation in just under 2 miles. This is a memorable hike to be sure, and not just because of the unforgettable trail names. If you’re looking for a steep and challenging climb in the lower front range of the San Gabriels, you’re going to absolutely love this one. In this guide I’m going to provide directions, gps tracks, maps, key points and a hike description. I’ll also provide information to make this hike a bit of a figure eight loop, by descending the less steep Upper Monroe Trail and Mystic Canyon Trail.

Poop Out And Punk Out Trails Glendora
Poop Out And Punk Out Trails In Glendora

Directions And GPS Tracks:

  • Take the 210 freeway towards Glendora. From the west, exit Grand and head north. Turn right on Sierra Madre Ave, then left on Glendora Mountain Rd. Look for the pull out on the west side of the street. From the east, exit Lone Hill Ave and head north. Go left on Foothill, right on Valley Center Dr, left on Sierra Madre, then right on Glendora Mountain Road.  Click here for directions on Google Maps
  • Download GPX
  • See my track on Strava
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Parking On Glendora Mountain Road

Key Points:

  • Distance 5.5 miles (4 miles if you descend Poop Out and Punk Out)
  • Elevation Gain 1632 ft
  • Minimum Elevation 1188 ft
  • Maximum Elevation 2715 ft
  • Time 2-4 hours
  • Difficulty Intermediate
  • Dog Friendly Yes
  • Permit Required No
  • Season Year Round
  • Trail Condition: Well maintained trail. Very steep ascent.

Make sure to hike with the right gear. See my current hiking gear list. 


Hike Map And Elevation Profile:

Poop Out And Punk Out Trails Glendora


Hike Description:

After parking on the west side of Glendora Mountain Road, cross the street and look for a danger sign and the wooded trailhead marker for “POOP OUT TRAIL”. Make sure you’re warmed up and stretched out, because this trail gets climbing right away.

*Poop Out Trail is the first mile of this hike. After Poop Out Trail ends, you’ll take Punk Out Trail the final mile. I’ll provide photos and information for all junctions and trail signs in this hike description.

Poop Out And Punk Out Trails Glendora
Trailhead For Poop Out
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From The Road
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Getting Right To Business

Poop Out Trail gains 500ft in the first 3/10 of a mile. The trail is a bit rutted in certain areas, so make sure to focus on your balance and foot placement. As tiring as this trail can be, make sure to take breaks and look back. The views of Glendora are pretty spectacular. Looking forward, you’ll be able to see the road ahead, with Punk Out Trail a distant ridge on the horizon.

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Isla On The Trail
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Looking Back
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Looking Ahead With Punk Out Trail Dead Center

At just past half a mile in, the trail reaches a junction marked by a flag waving sign post and a large mound. The sign post reads “MYSTIC CANYON TR”. This is the trail you will take back to your car if you want to avoid the steep downhill of Poop Out Trail later. Do not turn left onto Lower Monroe Trail, and do not turn right onto Mystic Canyon Trail. Stay on the center trail on the right side of the mound to continue on Poop Out Trail.

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Approaching The Junction
Poop Out And Punk Out Trails Glendora
Post Marks The Junction
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Stay Center On the Right Of This Mound

At one mile into the hike you’ll be at the end of Poop Out Trail. There will be a sign post for Punk Out Trail to your right, and the trail will follow a ridge. To your left will be Upper Monroe Truck trail. This is the trail you can descend to avoid the steepness of Punk Out Trail on the way down. Take a right and follow the ridge upward to ascend Punk Out Trail.

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Take Right And Hike Up The Ridge

As you follow the ridge up Punk Out Trail, the final uphill climb presents itself before you. If you thought Poop Out Trail was rough, get ready, because Punk Out Trail kicks it up another notch.

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The Trail Ahead
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Looking Back
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Almost Finished

Punk Out Trail ends when it meets the Upper Monroe Trail. Take a right hand turn at the perpendicular junction of Punk Out and Monroe Truck Trail. It’s just a few more feet to a lookout of the entire area. You can take a left hand turn if you’d like to start heading downhill. Descending the Upper Monroe Truck Trail will avoid the steepness of Punk Out Trail.

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Looking Right On Monroe Truck Trail Towards The Lookout
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Looking Left Down Monroe Truck Trail
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After Heading Right Towards The Lookout

After leaving Punk Out Trail and heading right on Monroe Truck Trail, keep your eyes open for a use trail on the hill to your left. This will take you to a lookout, and the end of this hike.

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Use Trail
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Southern View
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Northern View

For the return leg of this hike, it’s best to avoid the steep terrain of Poop Out and Punk Out Trails. Return to the Junction of Punk Out Trail and Upper Monroe Truck Trail. Instead of heading left to head down Punk Out Trail, continue on Upper Monroe Truck Trail.

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Upper Monroe Truck Trail
Poop Out And Punk Out Trails Glendora
Upper Monroe Truck Trail
Poop Out And Punk Out Trails Glendora
Upper Monroe Truck Trail

Upper Monroe Truck Trail will take you past the Punk Out Trail starting point and back to the Mystic Canyon Trail junction I mentioned earlier. When you get to the Mystic Canyon Trail junction, take a left hand turn and follow the Mystic Canyon Trail.

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Mystic Canyon Trail Junction
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Isla Enjoys The Views

Follow the Mystic Canyon Trail until it terminates at Big Dalton Canyon Road. Once you reach Big Dalton Canyon Road, take a right and follow the road back to you car.

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Mystic Canyon Trail
Poop Out And Punk Out Trails Glendora
Isla For The Win
Poop Out And Punk Out Trails Glendora
Mystic Canyon Trailhead

Are you looking forward to this hike? Have you already completed this one? Leave me any thoughts or questions in the comment section below!


I'm Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

7 comments on “Hiking Up Poop Out And Punk Out Trails In Glendora

  1. I love these trails. Were are so lucky to live here!

  2. Hoping to do this hike on Thursday. Thanks for your detailed descriptions. It will be my first time. I wonder if the snakes are out yet. I hike with my dog and she loves to be off leash.

  3. Pingback: Poopout and Punk Out Trails (Big Dalton Canyon) | Nobody Hikes in LA

  4. Anonymous

    Nice hike today . . . no lie re first half mile being steep. Didn’t do punk out, a me down lower Monroe for a great llop. nice and fair amount of water still in little Dalton sream.

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