Caballero Canyon Trail

Topanga State Park, California

Elevation Gain629ft
Trailhead Elevation1,554ft
Elevation Min/Max988/1554ft
Elevation Start/End1554/1554ft

Caballero Canyon Trail

Caballero Canyon Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Topanga State Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 1,554 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 629 feet. This trail connects with the following: Lower Hectic.

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Deke Williams
"The Caballero Canyon Trail is a short canyon hike that follows a rocky streambed for about a mile before climbing up to the ridgeline of the Santa Monica Mountains. The trail ends at the famous ridge route known as Dirt Mulholland, which affords excellent views of the Valley as well as access to a great number of further hiking opportunities."
Jerry Schad
"Caballero Canyon’s convenient trailhead allows San Fernando Valley hikers to gain easy access to the trails of Topanga State Park without having to drive either the curvy Topanga Canyon Boulevard or the notoriously rutty dirt section of Mulholland Drive."
Laura Randall
"There’s not much in terms of scenery along this trail near one of L.A.’s busiest freeways, but its steady 700-foot elevation gain via switchbacks provides a good workout. It is also a popular link to Dirt Mulholland, a wide, no-cars path that leads to several major hiking destinations in the Santa Monica Mountains The Caballero Canyon Trail was around long before the nearby gated residential developments and landscaped Mulholland Gateway Park showed up. It’s a favorite Sierra Club hike in part because it leads to Dirt Mulholland, the 7-mile unpaved stretch of Mulholland Drive between Encino and Woodland Hills. From here, hikers can access the Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail, Temescal Canyon, and other trails leading all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Today, more hikers seem to use the shiny new gateway park (it opened in 2000) to connect with other mountain trails, but Caballero Canyon still attracts its share of hikers, mountain bikers, and others who don’t want to pay the $3 parking fee at Mulholland Gateway Park."

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Great trail, not as easy as indicated. This might be a little difficult for a beginner. Girlfriend had a hard time climbing. Great ride though, tough but great to get used to more difficult ones.

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Topanga State Park
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