Upper Rustic Garapito Loop Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Upper Rustic Garapito Loop Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tarzana, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.6 miles 1593 feet Loop



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers



Remote and rugged canyons, lovely creek, blue gorge, cathedral rock, adventure! An adventurous loop hike on poorly marked trails through one of the most rugged areas of the Santa Monica Mountains. The hike starts out south along a densely wooded creek running into Rustic Canyon, that is quite lovely after recent rains. A side trip will take you to the blue gorge, a 6 foot wide, 20 foot high slot cut into the granite by the stream. Our loop then heads west along Bay Tree trail, named after a Bay tree with a small spring bubbling out of its roots. As the trail begins to move northwest, stop and have lunch at Cathedral Rock, near the junction of the Backbone and Temescal trails. A fun spot to climb on the rocks. The trail then double backs northeast along the Garaptio trail back to the car, with lovely mountain views along the way. Take a compass, a good map, and the directions from the guide book referenced for this hike. It's a full day outing, so bring water and food. Thanks to Eric Altizer for showing me this great hike!

19 days ago

Nice trail. I did it counterclockwise. The hardest part of the trail is in the canyon but even that isn't bad. Lots of shade but much of the fire road areas are full sun. Not a lot of traffic at all. Take some time and check out eagle rock and cathedral rocks. They are not on the trail but very close.

1 month ago

Nice hike! Great workout!

5 months ago

good trip with kids.

2 years ago

Is this trail good with strollers? I want to go for a hike with my baby...

5 years ago

The Garpito Trail is definitely challenging hike. I takes you through the heart to the bushy canyon on a forestry trail that can be very unfriendly to tall people. Eventually there is a very noticeable rock under a shady tree beside a stream, This is a great place to rest. The trail takes you all the way to Cheney road and eagle rock.