Temescal Canyon Rd;Canyon Fire Road;Temescal Ridge Trail

Topanga State Park, California

Elevation Gain948ft
Trailhead Elevation1,438ft
Elevation Min/Max804/1438ft
Elevation Start/End1438/1438ft

Temescal Canyon Rd;Canyon Fire Road;Temescal Ridge Trail

Temescal Canyon Rd;Canyon Fire Road;Temescal Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Topanga State Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 1,438 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 948 feet. This trail connects with the following: Temescal Ridge Trail, El Medio Trail, Viewpoint Trail and Temescal Canyon Rd; Canyon Trail.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press)
Laura Randall
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"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." Read more
101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"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." Read more
Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books)
Casey Schreiner
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"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." Read more
"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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: West Los Angeles (Falcon Guides)
Bryn Fox Pitterle
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"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." Read more
Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides)
Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel
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"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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Conejo Valley (Falcon Guides)
Allen Riedel
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"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." Read more

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Topanga State Park
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