Rustic Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 111 reviews

Rustic Canyon Loop Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1302 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

muddy

rocky

Rustic Canyon Loop is a 5 mile loop trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that features a waterfall. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Be careful as there have been recent reports of the trail being washed out.

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8 days ago

We did the hike counter-clockwise, ascending up Rustic Canyon.

The biggest issue is the over-grown factor when you're going up Rustic - plus there is a ton of graffiti. Once you get to the backbone you're 70% complete, and the views are fantastic.

Next time we'll probably skip the loop and do it clockwise - and once we hit the ridge just turn around and make it an out-and-back.

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20 days ago

Definitely not for beginners. The start of the trail from the end of the Polo field is sign posted "not maintained" they're not kidding. After the first part of the trail winds off down to the creek bed the trail literally does not exist for a mile. So only walk this way if you plan on scaling rocks and getting wet. If you walk into the trail past the dry creek going clock wise from inspiration point then only traverse the creek if you are experienced.

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1 month ago

Great trail for more experienced hikers! We took the trail clockwise starting from the top of the canyons which has some amazing views of the coastline from Malibu all the way down to palos verdes. About two miles in it takes a turn down deeper in to the mountain where it's pretty steep and rocky. Not too bad but then it starts to get harder once you reach the waterfall where you have to find your way down (about three stories from the top) and the trail is much harder to find. After finding our way down past a beehive and swarm of bees we followed along the river where the trail is sometimes on and off the river. There are some parts where you need to cross the water and or climb rocks along the side where you can easily lose your footing. We did consider turning back because we were pretty stumped on how to continue along the trail, almost went in to panic mode when we thought we were lost and would have to go all the way back lol. Once you reach the end of the river/trail you'll see the orange sign telling you the trail ends. Best feeling ever. Definitely one for the books. Oh and beware of beetles doing yoga, do not crush them

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Unfortunately I failed it! Went counterclockwise and lost trail just passed the water fall area. It is not well maintained but it has amazing sight! Had lots if fun and will be back to conquer it! Ita more of a harder short trail ! You will get wet!

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2 months ago

It's tough and beautiful. The first quarter of the hike is deep down in the canyon, following a creek which we had to cross at least 10 times, including some climbing. That strenuous part of the hike took us about half of our total time. Please note: the trail is NOT MARKED and NOT MAINTAINED! You must have a sense of finding the right way, otherwise this hike is not the right one for you. After that it is a nice uphill to the top of the backbone trail, leading you down from there to the parking lot with beautiful views from downtown LA to Santa Monica. It's tough but definitely my favorite trail in the SM Mountains.

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