Crane Canyon to Garapito Canyon Trail

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Crane Canyon to Garapito Canyon Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is best used from January until January.

8.7 miles
1929 feet



nature trips

trail running


wild flowers


over grown

city walk

no dogs

This is a great hot weather hike as it takes you through two canyons where the air is cooler than the ridges. Crane Canyon (unnamed on map) is very much off the beaten path, depositing you into an offbeat Topanga neighborhood where you'll see plenty of peacocks and other curiosities. After 15-20 minutes, you'll ascend back in the park with incredible 360º panoramas atop rock/boulder formations. And then back down into the shady Garapito Canyon Trail for an 8.5 mile adventure with lots of climbing and plenty of exercise.

1 month ago

This was a nice little trek with very light traffic even on a warm Saturday. Crane Canyon doesn't offer much shade so be ready for that if you're out on a sunny day. The Topanga neighborhood tour is really cool - it's the exact kind of unique vibe you'd expect. Ascending out of the neighborhood and back to the ridge line was the hardest part for us, the grade is very steep at points and I was carrying a 15-month old on my back. Once you're back up top you're treated to views of the Pacific and then descend into a long stretch of twists and turns in Garapito Canyon. This is shaded almost the entire way with lots of growth and overhanging branches so be prepared to do some 'duck under' lunges. We only saw one other couple within Garapito which is pretty amazing considering the millions that live within a close perimeter - it was a great little taste of solitude. We moved at an overall steady pace with a lunch break and a couple other quick stops and knocked this one out in about 4 hours.

2 months ago

One of the better hikes in LA area. Well kept paths, good amount of shade, and ample distance. I wouldn't necessarily say it's difficult, rather a long moderate.

3 months ago

Great hike if you're looking for something off the beaten trail. Crane Canyon is incredible and isolated from everything. The hike gives you 20 minutes inside a Topanga neighborhood which is really interesting. The ridge views after are incredible!!

...and then Garapito which is well documented.

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