Santa Ynez Trail

Topanga State Park, California

Distance2.1mi
Elevation Gain1,325ft
Trailhead Elevation618ft
Top1,419ft
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.

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Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"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
Best Easy Day Hikes: West Los Angeles (Falcon Guides)
Bryn Fox Pitterle
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"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
Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"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

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6/10/2009
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.
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12/23/2007
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.
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Trail Information

Topanga State Park
Nearby City
Topanga State Park
Parks
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Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min Topanga
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Dec 2018