Temescal Canyon Rd; Canyon Trail

Topanga State Park, California

Distance1.4mi
Elevation Gain935ft
Trailhead Elevation357ft
Top1,142ft
Elevation Min/Max357/1142ft
Elevation Start/End357/357ft

Temescal Canyon Rd; Canyon Trail

Temescal Canyon Rd; Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Topanga State Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 357 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 935 feet. This trail connects with the following: Temescal Canyon Rd;Canyon Fire Road;Temescal Ridge Trail.

Temescal Canyon Rd; Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This heavily traveled trail near the Pacific Coast Highway begins with a 1,000-foot ascent that gives way to panoramic ocean-and-city views, then descends into a sycamore-shaded canyon to a seasonal waterfall."

"Featuring a challenging and well-traveled trail with a generous amount of shade, great views from the oddly shaped Skull Rock, and a small but calming creek cascade in the upper canyon, this rates as one of the L.A. area’s best short day hikes."

"A favorite of west-side L.A. hikers, this short loop includes both wonderful views from high places and a shady passage through riparian and oak woodland."

"Park agencies in the Santa Monica Mountains have combined forces to open a number of “gateways” to the mountains. For hikers (particularly those of us accustomed to beginning hikes at the end of dirt roads greeted by trail signs nailed to trees), these gateways are deluxe trail heads indeed: restrooms, picnic grounds, water fountains, native plant gardens and more. I have a particular fondness for Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades. Not only does this park have it all, park pathways quickly leave it all behind. Temescal Canyon is an ideal Santa Monica Mountains sampler. You get an oak- and sycamore-shaded canyon, a seasonal waterfall and terrific views from the ridge crest."

"Located in the heart of Pacific Palisades, a prestigious community also known as “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea,” Temescal Gateway Park presents a prodigious opportunity to escape to what seems like a million miles from civilization—while remaining only minutes from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Malibu."

"Walk through a beautiful coastal canyon to a waterfall on this wonderful loop trail. A hike through Temescal Canyon is without a doubt lovely. Complete with views that border on sensory overload, a quaint series of waterfalls, and a busy but not overcrowded trail, there is something here for everyone. Climbing up the canyon is a good workout, but nothing too taxing. In fact, the 3.2-mile hike is short enough to be a daily training hike for those living in the area who are looking to maximize their fitness regimens, and hoping to take on longer hikes and significantly larger peaks."

"Spring lingers long on the coastal slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains, which are frequently bathed from May until July in the sopping-wet breath of the marine layer. This is quintessential coastal sagescrub and chaparral country, a particular habitat that is fast succumbing to urban development all over Southern California. All through spring and early summer, you can enjoy the scents of sage and wildflowers on the trails of Temescal Canyon, part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Topanga State Park. With an early start on a foggy morning, you may find yourself punching right through the mist as you ascend into the bright, sunny world above."

"Beginning at Temescal Gateway Park, this hike gently rises
up alongside Temescal Creek before entering Topanga State
Park. The trail passes a small waterfall before heading up the
hillside. Atop the crest of this hike are sweeping views of
Malibu and the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles."

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Trail Information

Topanga State Park
Nearby City
Topanga State Park
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
Topanga State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Topanga
Local Maps

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Aug 2018