Temescal Canyon Rd;Canyon Fire Road;Temescal Ridge 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."
--Laura Randall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, 101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press).
"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."
-- Casey Schreiner , Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--John McKinney, Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster).
"Beginning at Temescal Gateway Park, this hike gently risesup alongside Temescal Creek before entering Topanga StatePark. The trail passes a small waterfall before heading up thehillside. Atop the crest of this hike are sweeping views ofMalibu and the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles."
--Bryn Fox Pitterle, Best Easy Day Hikes: West Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel, Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Allen Riedel, Best Easy Day Hikes: Conejo Valley (Falcon Guides).
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