Skull Rock Loop

MODERATE 73 reviews
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Skull Rock Loop is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from January until January.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1141 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

trail running

views

waterfall

no dogs

This hike is a great extension to the Temescal Canyon Trail which adds minimal elevation gain and distance, but greatly improves the experience. Take some time to explore Skull Rock and do some scrambling to get the best ocean views!

hiking
5 days ago

It’s about 2.2 miles of incline (don’t expect to be able to talk to your hiking buddy) and then a breezy 2.2 miles down. Gorgeous views of the beach and mountains and mansions. Mostly rock/dirt path. There’s also a pretty meadow on the way back. Parking is $10 and there are bathrooms at the bottom. Conveniently close to the Westwood area.

hiking
18 days ago

Great views at the top!
We went up the Temescal Canyon trail which I recommend then come down on the Temescal ridge trail once you reach the top.
Why?
The canyon trail is shaded for the most part (good cuz the SoCal sun can heat up real fast). There incline can be tough for slightly out of shape people (like me

hiking
21 days ago

Nice semi shaded trails. Beautiful views before reaching the Skull.

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike if you want a good workout and views close to the city!

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike. strenuous with a great payoff in views and small wind caves.

1 month ago

First time here, my new local favorite spot ❤️
Beautiful and great workout

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views, but the trail is pretty narrow and difficult to maneuver.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on this hike with my son and it was really fun! Narrow road so you just need to step aside every once and a while. We checked out the waterfall on the way back but it was non existent but still a beautiful hike back.

hiking
2 months ago

Hit the trail at 6am to avoid the foot traffic. Enjoyed the solitude. Terrain is not too difficult to navigate through and the view from Skull rock is definitely rewarding. Will be doing it again.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike if you get there early. We went on Sunday and arrived at 9AM. We barely missed the crowd that we saw walking up single file in a long line as we came down. (Looked awful since the hikers are all levels and there is not always space to pass). There are multiple lookout points with gorgeous views. The quick elevation change is awesome when you want to get a good workout in a short time.

6 months ago

bring water! I saw a lot of people hiking without water or with a small plastic bottle. on a hot summer day, my husband and I drank two liters each.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This hike is a great extension to the Temescal Canyon Trail. It can get busy on weekends, so i suggest getting there early to avoid the crowds. Can't beat the views!

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