Rustic Canyon

Pacific Palisades, California

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Rustic Canyon, now almost fully reverted to wilderness condition after Nature’s one-two punches of fire and flood, was quite lively in the past. Pop-philosopher Will Rogers and his associates used it as a retreat back in the 1930s, and it even held the makings of a hideout for Nazi sympathizers later in the 20th Century. A 1-mile self-guiding nature trail, and trail-park also serves as a key anchor in the patchwork quilt of public and private lands heads for several of the wide-ranging routes known as the Santa Monica Mountains described in this chapter. The trail system is National Recreational Area.
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

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Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Rustic Canyon, now almost fully reverted to wilderness condition after Nature’s one-two punches of fire and flood, was quite lively in the past. Pop-philosopher Will Rogers and his associates used it as a retreat back in the 1930s, and it even held the makings of a hideout for Nazi sympathizers later in the 20th Century.

A 1-mile self-guiding nature trail, and trail-park also serves as a key anchor in the patchwork quilt of public and private lands heads for several of the wide-ranging routes known as the Santa Monica Mountains described in this chapter. The trail system is National Recreational Area.

© 2010 Jerry Schad /Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pacific Palisades
Distance: 4.6
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: TSP
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Topanga
Driving Directions: Directions to Rustic Canyon

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