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4.5 out of 5
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  • Temescal Canyon TrailPro 2014
    Arlo Hemphill
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    5 Dec 17, 2013

    As someone who wasn't used to living in such a busy metropolis as L.A., finding the Temescal Canyon Trail was like finding a $100 bill in my Cheerios! This beautiful trek remains my favorite day hike in the immediate Los Angeles area. Rising into the wild Santa Monica Mountains at Temescal Gateway and into Topanga State Park, there's a feeling of the grit and grime of L.A. falling behind you as climb into a natural landscape that sits like an island above the mega-city. Once up there, chaparral vegetation dominates the rolling panorama of hill tops, alive with deer, mountain lion, coyote, hummingbirds and - according to rumor - even mountain sheep! The trail head can be accessed just a five minute drive from downtown Santa Monica and there are a number of loops and ridge trails available for varying lengths of hikes and abilities. On clear days, breathtaking views can be had of Catalina, the Pacific Ocean and - somewhat in juxtaposition - the downtowns of L.A. and Long Beach. This is a great spot to get away from it all, without actually really going anywhere!

    Recommended for:Family TravelersGreen TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Temescal Canyon Trail
    Erin K
    5 Oct 16, 2013

    This is now my new favorite hiking trail in LA. The views of Santa Monica, the ocean, and everything beyond are picture perfect on a clear day, and the hike takes you through so many micro-climates that you really feel like you could be anywhere.
    There is ample parking at the base of the canyon ($7 to park), and it's just a short walk from the parking lot to the start of the hike. The loop is roughly four and a half miles, and I would recommend taking Temescal Canyon Ridge Trail on the way up. It is a sharp ascent, but if you start here you'll have more energy on the way up. The trail then connects to Temescal Canyon Trail, which is a gradual descent into the canyon that passes by a small, albeit pretty, waterfall. Dogs are only allowed in certain areas of the park, so you won't have to worry about running into them (or, um, everything they leave behind). It's an absolutely stunning hike, a great workout, and a nearby escape. Don't forget to bring water!

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  • Temescal Canyon Trail
    Phillip Cheung
    4 Sep 15, 2013

    Good place for a relatively short hike, with a stream and waterfall, and good views of the Bay and the Palisades.

    Parking in the park will cost money, but goes toward supporting the state parks. If you're low on cash or super-cheap, you can park on the other side of Sunset near Pali High.

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  • Temescal Canyon Trail
    Broke Girl's Guide
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    #BeWell

    Hands down our favorite hike in town. Breathtaking views of the entire city on a clear day, and no dog pee. Also, there aren't as many people on cell phones and/or gossiping loudly as in Runyon.

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    3 Jun 18, 2011
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    Sharon H
    5 Apr 08, 2014
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    Danielle C
    5 Mar 19, 2014
    Recommended for:BackpackersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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Description:

A series of loop and ridge trails through the chaparral of the Santa Monica Mountains, within easy access of downtown Santa Monica and greater Los Angeles. The Canyon loop is 4.4 miles round trip with a 700-foot gain; while a hike to Skull Rock is 5.4 miles round trip.
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