The Pacific Palisades is a residential district in Los Angeles, California that is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. Pacific Palisades is home to parkland and trails ideal for hiking and mountain biking. Mountain bikers will find woods, natural formations and diverse plant life along the trails.
Malibu Creek Trails
Mountain biking access trails at Malibu Creek State Park include Rock Pool Trail and Century Lake Trail. Rock Pool trail is 3.5 miles round trip, with an elevation change of 150 feet. Century Lake is a 4.5-mile loop with a 200-foot elevation change. The state park features 7,000 acres of rugged land in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Malibu Creek trails include a rock gorge and sycamore and oak woodlands. To access the trail head, start at the Paci?c Coast Highway and turn on Malibu Canyon Road. Proceed for 6.5 miles to the state park entrance and continue a 1/4 mile south of Mulholland Highway.
Temescal Fire Road
This mountain biking trail can be accessed from Topanga State Park at 20829 Entrada Road in Topanga. Head east from Trippet Ranch to the Topanga Fire Road and proceed north to reach the Santa Inez Trail. Features include sandstone formations and a waterfall at the end of the Santa Inez Trail that can be reached by following a side trail.
Trailer Canyon Fire Road
This mountain biking trail is in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking Pacific Palisades. To access it, start on the Pacific Coast Highway and head east on Sunset Boulevard. Turn left on Palisades Drive and continue into the highlands. Then turn left on Michael Lane. The Trailer Canyon Fire Road trail head starts about 1/2 mile up on the left. The trail difficulty rating is moderate. It's a 6-mile loop with a 1,300-foot elevation gain.
Article Written By Rona Aquino
Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.