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Temescal Canyon Trail is a 2.9 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, walking, and running and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 875 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Running

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Over grown

Fee

No dogs

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Getting There

Note: Users have reported that there is a $12 parking fee. If you want to start with the harder, sunnier part, start to the left on the loop trail. Beautiful scenery. Views of Malibu, Santa Monica and Downtown. Lots of shade near the waterfall, which is often small, but beautiful.

Parking in the lot is $10. Be careful as there is a camera behind you at the stop sign. Alternatively, you can find parking on Temescal Canyon Rd across Sunset from the park. Be aware that on nice days you may have to park further away than you want, but consider it your warmup. Restrooms available at the trailhead.

Dogs are not allowed on one side of the trail but there are trails across the way from the parking lot with more shade where dogs are allowed.

$10 parking fee. This park entrance is located at Temescal Canyon Road and Sunset Blvd, about a mile from Pacific Coast Highway

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Reviews (2643)
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Recordings (2563)
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Olivera Ryan
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Hiking

Meh.

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Alex Schams
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Hiking

Ran this going clockwise. Stew decent in the beginning but coming down is much easier and more flat . Slightly busy . Well groomed

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Jason G
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Hiking

Packed on a Sunday. $12 parking in lot nearest entrance. Recommend during the week for less crowds

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Doron Batan
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Hiking

I found a new trail there, when going to the right side, sand later left up behind the mountain

Regina Marie
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HikingGreat!

It's 4 mile loop from the Temescal Canyon gift store/restroom. If you begin the path to the left, it's a gradual incline, mostly shaded to the waterfall/bridge. If you begin the path to the right, up the stairs it's a steep incline in the sun with views of the ocean. It's a loop so choose the path best for you. When you arrive at the parking lot off Sunset and Temescal Canyon Trail, keep driving to the second parking lot where there are restrooms and maps. Yes, there is a $12 parking fee. It's a fun, moderate hike. Wear a mask, sometimes the trail is very narrow and traffic goes both ways. Enjoy.

kevin sarnoff
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Hiking

Hard but fun

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Katherine McGehee
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Hiking

Beautiful views, but slightly overrated in my opinion. Seems to kind of drag on, felt more like 5 miles even though it was only 3. $12 parking is a stretch.

Josh M
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Marie A.
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HikingFee

Not ideal for kids. It says moderate but it’s actually hard. Be prepared to pay for parking fee. Park rangers are checking cars to make sure it’s paid

Steven De La Cruz
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Justine Robles
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Hiking

This is a much harder trail than other “moderate” trails I’ve done. Going up is a challenge, even going down has it’s challenging peeks. Not a trail for kids. A lot of human traffic, so wear your mask and try your best to maintain 6 feet apart.

Ruthy Alvarado
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Raquel Ramirez
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HikingRocky

Two words to describe it.... Challenging and Rewarding!!!! it said Moderate level but this trail is definitely Hard lol. Going up it is tough but the View at the top is so worth it!!!

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Leslie Ramirez
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Izzy Lopez
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HikingBugsFeeRocky

Great trail. Inclines aren’t that bad if you have condition (still a little tough for me). Not many people around the time I was there. It does have a spots where you can rest.

Rayonna W.
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HikingRocky

Amazing trail!! Going up was pretty intense for me, but going down was a great way to cool the body, loads of shade and a beautiful waterfall to see. It gets crowded! Early am or late evening is recommended.

Geo B.
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90% of crowd are unmasked and charging down the trail like its rush hour. Trails are thin, people are unsure about virus so mostly walk unmasked. Joggers are 98% unmasked and will spew breath vapor on you. Most demand the road as if hikers dont get right of way. You will find yourself being extra conscious of these types of people, which takes away the relaxing beauty of Temescal, which has grown overgrown with broken rocks, erosion off edges that can result in serious injury and overall strange vibe of unmasked people: If you are a solo traveler be prepared to give all your rights of way to groups of unmasked people — most travelling in hoards of four to eight.

Aaron Schneider
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Hiking

Great loop. The direction I took is steep on the way out and moderate on the way back. Stunning views.

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Mario Acosta
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Hiking

I figured that is I hike through the side where the waterfall is and to the peak. Coming back down through the same side gives me an extra mile of walking. Love the shade. It’s nice to walk with a friends

Laura Cal
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HikingFee

Arrived around 8:15am but it was already very crowded. There are signs saying you must wear masks but of course there were lots of people not following it. Also many people not following the common courtesy rules of hiking.

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