Cold Canyon Trail

Los Angeles County, California

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Cold Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 820 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,362 feet.
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Cold Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 820 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,362 feet.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Los Angeles County
Distance: 2.1
Elevation Gain: 1,362 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 820 feet
Top Elevation: 908 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Cold Canyon Trail
Elevation Min/Max: 583/908 ft
Elevation Start/End: 820/820 ft

Cold Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Cold Creek Canyon is one of the secret treasures of the Santa Monica Mountains. A year-round stream and a protected north-facing canyon nurture a rich variety of ferns and flowering plants in the 600-acre preserve. Cold Creek Canyon was once part of a ranch, homesteaded in the early years of this century. It later served as a ranch/retreat for the Murphy family members who donated their ranch to The Nature Conservancy in 1970s, stipulating that Cold Creek be forever preserved in its natural state. The natural world of Cold Creek Canyon is diverse. Lining Cold Creek are ferns, flowers and cattails. Winter rains swell the creek, creating a dozen small waterfalls. A hundred bird species have been sighted within the preserve, including golden eagles. Hikers may encounter a squirrel raccoon, deer or even a bobcat. Wildflower-lovers will find much to admire. Early bloomers (February to April) include the white blossoms of the milkmaid. Later in spring, look for the bright yellow canyon sunflower and the yellow-orange-spotted Humboldt lily. Remember that this is an upside-down hike; the elevation gain occurs during your return. Save some energy."

"This hike travels down into the Cold Creek Canyon amid a
unique array of plants and wildlife. From this shady trail you
can see wildflowers like stream orchids and scarlet monkey
flowers and pass by the ruins of an old house carved from
sandstone."

Recent Trail Reviews

12/24/2007
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Nice to do on a day you are bored. With out the rain these last couple years everything described in the review is dried up. The old rock house is cool. Easy hike.



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May 2018