Temescal Canyon Trail

MODERATE 941 reviews
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Temescal Canyon Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
875 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

no dogs

This park entrance is located at Temescal Canyon Road and Sunset Blvd, about a mile from PCH.

hiking
2 days ago

Good views of Mt Baldy, downtown LA & the ocean once you reach the top. Not too many people (I went on a Tues evening) but enough to slightly annoy me. All uphill then downhill as you go back.

3 days ago

Great hike, great views. Took the steeper way up for a good workout. Only downside is the $10 fee to park, but the park is very well maintained.

9 days ago

got a good workout!!

hiking
19 days ago

It was a great hike, some steep elevation. I am a beginner hiker, so this was pretty difficult for me. Beautiful view! Parking was easy.

22 days ago

truly moderate, this Trail had me breathing heavy and definitely working up a bit of a sweat. I even stopped to eat an apple about three-quarters of the way up as I caught my breath. I took the east side on the way up so that I could see the ocean view as I descended on the west. It wasn't quite sunset though, but still the view on the west was really nice. plenty of shade on both sides in the late afternoon/early evening.

23 days ago

I live close to this hike and hike it multiple times a week. It is mad crazy busy on the weekends between 8am-11am with lots of folks who hike in groups and don’t always respect hiking etiquette (play their music out loud the entire hike). Other than those times, it’s a great little hike. Perfect for those who want to put in an hour an get a decent workout while they hike. Can be combined with an out and back to Skull rock, and can go past Skull Rock even to extend your hike. Park just outside the park on Temescal Canyon Rd for free - has never been a time where i couldn’t find a spot.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail!

hiking
1 month ago

This is my second time here. It is a moderate trek with nice views and a depending on the the season there's a waterfall. There is a pretty decent incline on your way up the hill where you find a great view of the ocean, the hills and the Palisades. It takes about 30-45 minutes to summit if you are a moderate hiker and keep a good pace. The terrain is a mix between packed dirt and loose rocky terrain so you have to have good traction on your shoes/boots.

There is a $10 parking lot that leads into the trail. For free parking park on Temescal Canyon Rd rather than in the lot for the park. There are bathrooms and a friendly Ranger on the site so it is accommodating when you first arrive.

You have to bring lots of water, sunscreen, and a hat because most of the trail not shaded. It gets hot there so you have to be aware that there are rattlesnakes that are trying to get heat from the sun. This is not a dog-friendly trail because the sun can be extreme and the exposure to snakes and lizards are risky.

This is a great trail. There are breath-taking views every 5 minutes on the way up and the peak offers a 360 view of Santa Monica, Malibu, vineyards, and LA. There's so much to see and it's a great place to appreciate what LA and the west side has to offer.

1 month ago

Great loop trail - it’s fairly busy so try to get there pretty early (before 9am). I was there between 9am-10am and there was traffic on the trail but not so much for it to be a hassle. The trails are also wide enough where you can pass people with ease.
I went the west route first which I preferred - the first mile (approx) was all an incline and is mostly in the sun,
although there were some
covered spots. It’s a good workout and the loop back was nice and shaded. Either way you choose you’ll be looking at an incline going and a decline coming back.
There are quite a few rocks on the trail so treaded shoes helped. Also, there is a day charge for parking ($10) and the machine takes credit/debit cards. Also no dogs are allowed on the trail (which is good as there is no dog poop).
I would rate this a moderate loop.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail! It’s perfect for someone like me who’s just getting back into hiking but doesn’t want somewhere that’s overrun like Runyon or Griffith. It’s definitely moderate for me because of the elevation gain, but I like going up on the west side of the loop and coming down in the shade and quiet of the canyon.

1 month ago

Good workout, cool breezes

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view of the ocean!

1 month ago

Too crowded

1 month ago

beautiful trail with both mountain and beach views. benches at top. lots of trees.

1 month ago

Had a great time hiking this trail, it gets pretty narrow and steep at certain points, but overall it was nice. Make sure to enjoy the views at the top, you can see the entire Westside of LA.

hiking
1 month ago

Great seclusion, views, and not super busy for a trail right against the city, cool birdlife too.

hiking
1 month ago

The incline on the west side of the hike is harder than noted - and it’s nearly constant incline for the first mile of the hike. Be prepared for that. But it has gorgeous views and it’s an easy to follow trail.

1 month ago

As a beginner the initial hike up was challenging but doable (going clockwise). 100% worth it for the amazing mountain & ocean views up top. Ended up watching the sunset up there, so it was completely dark for the very last of the trail down (I used my phone flashlight). Really gorgeous views.

trail running
2 months ago

Temescal is beautiful! Lots of options to extend your run

2 months ago

Great hike

2 months ago

Ok trail but super busy. Hot and bare on the west side of the loop. Good easy going hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely, easy to follow, well marked and gorgeous views!

trail running
2 months ago

The loop is nice, moderate in difficulty especially those new to running -- if you start the loop left, beware extremely steep upswing and a very large gauge pebble downswing; probably easier to go up right and come down left. Well kept, better for running early morning and weekdays, gets super busy weekends.

3 months ago

Started to the left, with an immediate uphill and amazing ocean views almost right away. Would definitely consider this a moderate hike, not easy.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! No dogs allowed :(

4 months ago

Hiked it today with 2 colleagues who were visiting from out of town. We parked in the lot for $10 and while we passed a few people, it wasn’t crowded. We started up to the left, which was somewhat steep, but loved the views on the way up and took a couple breaks to enjoy. Watching the sunset from the top was amazing and it was a quick, easy hike back down as we completed the loop.

4 months ago

This hike shouldn’t be labeled easy. It’s a great workout but not for beginners.

4 months ago

Great hike, but for a scandinavian this was not a category easy :))) wauw it goes up up up.

4 months ago

Excellent hike! Good length (took about 2 hours to complete) and moderate intensity. Go up the left side of the loop first if you want a steeper incline. The views along the way and at the top are amazing. This would be a great hike to take active out-of-town visitors. You get a great view of the ocean, Santa Monica, and the mountains. $10 to park in the park, or you can try to find street parking.

4 months ago

love this hike. very steep and a great place to sweat. temescal has great views and running water.

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