Upper Rustic Garapito Loop Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews
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Upper Rustic Garapito Loop Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tarzana, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1650 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

Remote and rugged canyons, lovely creek, blue gorge, cathedral rock, adventure! An adventurous loop hike on poorly marked trails through one of the most rugged areas of the Santa Monica Mountains. The hike starts out south along a densely wooded creek running into Rustic Canyon, that is quite lovely after recent rains. A side trip will take you to the blue gorge, a 6 foot wide, 20 foot high slot cut into the granite by the stream. Our loop then heads west along Bay Tree trail, named after a Bay tree with a small spring bubbling out of its roots. As the trail begins to move northwest, stop and have lunch at Cathedral Rock, near the junction of the Backbone and Temescal trails. A fun spot to climb on the rocks. The trail then double backs northeast along the Garaptio trail back to the car, with lovely mountain views along the way. Take a compass, a good map, and the directions from the guide book referenced for this hike. It's a full day outing, so bring water and food. Thanks to Eric Altizer for showing me this great hike!

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Parking was easy. Not much shade. Lots of overgrown plants on part of trail so wear long pants

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3 months ago

I really liked this hike. Not much traffic at all once you get into it a bit. Only challenging at small parts. Great scenery to look at of the valley and the canyon. I took the junction up Eagle Rock and sat up there for a bit. Pretty peaceful. I definitely recommend it.

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5 months ago

Excellent route for the whole family to enjoy, varying length and beautiful scenery.

5 months ago

I love this trail. You can walk it, run it or bike it. Great views and many different trail options to connect you to different areas.