Cancel Search
  • Search by

    Santa Ynez Trail

    Topanga State Park, California
    Elevation Gain1,325ft
    Trailhead Elevation618ft
    Elevation Min/Max616/1419ft
    Elevation Start/End618/618ft

    Santa Ynez Trail

    Santa Ynez Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Topanga State Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 618 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,325 feet. This trail connects with the following: East Topanga Fire Road.

    Santa Ynez Trail Photos

    Santa Ynez Trail Trip Reports

    Start your trip report for Santa Ynez Trail
    Attach photos from your trip.
    Please Select a star rating.
    4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
    icon4 Total
    Adventurer | 295 pts
    5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful scenic trail with tons of gorgeous places to see. Easy to medium in terms of difficulty. Plenty of places to stop and take some amazing pictures!
    Sherman Oaks, CA
    Trailblazer | 1158 pts
    3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
    Hiked from the Palisades side up the canyon to nearly the top, 3.0 miles round trip.
    Typical pacific canyon hike up a narrow canyon lined with Oaks and Sycamores. Tried to get to the falls and pools, could not reach them. The trail is hard to follow and the rope that you climb up to the falls and pools was broken.
    Don't forget to look for the small cave on your left. Look inside for a box with wonderful treasures in it. Leave something of yours as your mark of passage. It is fun.
    The Sullivan Canyon Trail is much nicer and longer.
    Los Angeles, CA
    Explorer | 42 pts
    4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful trail, even though you are in LA you feel like being out in the back country. Fairly easy, just remember getting to the falls is the easy part since it's mostly downhill. Getting back up is a little tougher. Overall, I'd give it an A considering the proximity to a major urban metropolis.
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Explorer | 21 pts
    4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars

    Santa Ynez Trail Professional Guides

    Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

    "Ferns, falls, wildflowers and dramatic sandstone cliffs are some of the delights of a ramble through Santa Ynez Canyon. The canyon—and its waterfalls—can be reached from two trailheads; one is located at the edge of the tony Palisades Highlands development, the other is found in the heart of Topanga State Park. Santa Ynez Trail descends a ridge into Santa Ynez Canyon, then heads upstream to a 15-foot waterfall. Remember that the uphill part of this hike comes last; pace yourself accordingly." Read more
    Bryn Fox Pitterle
    "This flat hike begins on an easy trail through a lush canyon, before branching off the main trail and following the creek. After a short ways following the creek, you can boulder hop the last few hundred feet upstream as the canyon walls narrow before finally reaching a small 18-foot waterfall sitting in a peaceful sandstone alcove." Read more
    Jerry Schad
    "Twisted live oaks, sycamores, and pungent bay laurel trees highlight the brief trek up the L.A. coast’s most easily accessible waterfall-bearing canyon. The goal is an 18-foot cascade tucked into an upper branch of Santa Ynez Canyon. The flow of water in these falls is usually significant from winter through early summer." Read more

    Trail Information

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

    Trail Log