Hondo Canyon Trail

Topanga State Park, California

Elevation Gain3,837ft
Trailhead Elevation2,375ft
Elevation Min/Max781/2436ft
Elevation Start/End2375/2375ft

Hondo Canyon Trail

Hondo Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Topanga State Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 2,375 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,837 feet. Along the trail there are parking and a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Backbone Trail.

Hondo Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A delightful, remote segment of the Backbone Trail rises between Old Topanga Canyon Road and Saddle Peak Road, zigzagging along slopes densely clothed in chaparral and oaks, and passing near a number of ephemeral waterfalls in Hondo Canyon that contribute a zenlike atmosphere during the rainy season."

"“With the possible exception of Zuma Canyon, Hondo is the most dramatic canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains,” stated Ron Webster, who designed the footpath through Hondo Canyon. One look over the canyon rim at Hondo (which means “deep” in Spanish) will convince most hikers what a daunting task Webster and his crews faced in forging a footpath through the canyon. While the trail was being built, Hondo Canyon experienced fire, flood, and even the Northridge Earthquake. Completed in 1994, Hondo Canyon ranks as one of the most scenic segments of the Backbone Trail. The Hondo Canyon hike can be a five-mile one way, mostly downhill jaunt from Saddle Peak Road to Topanga State Park or a ten-mile round trip walk. The state park trailhead is only 0.25 mile from Topanga Center, where restaurants and a grocery store offer food and provisions for hikers."

"This is a terrific downhill course offering you great views of Cold Creek Preserve, Malibu Canyon, Las Flores Canyon, and the Pacific Ocean. The trail passes by fossilized impressions of ancient shellfish in several large rocks. When the wildflowers are blooming, this course is fragrant and colorful."

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Trail Information

Topanga State Park
Nearby City
Topanga State Park
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min Malibu Beach, Topanga
Local Maps

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Sep 2018