Upper Rustic Garapito Loop Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews
#6 of 27 trails in

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

7.6 miles
1299 feet



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers



no dogs

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!

1 month ago

Nice moderate hiking terrain. mostly not shaded so bring extra water and hike during colder months. No dogs allowed on the trail.

4 months ago

Very nice loop, a good workout. Some shade on the west side of loop. Lots of bikes in the beginning.

8 months ago

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

9 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.

11 months ago

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

11 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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The beautiful views all around make this trail really worthwhile.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Very nice relaxing hike. Took the fire road up to where you can see the ocean and downtown LA in one panoramic shot.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Nice trail. I did it counterclockwise. The hardest part of the trail is in the canyon but even that isn't bad. Lots of shade but much of the fire road areas are full sun. Not a lot of traffic at all. Take some time and check out eagle rock and cathedral rocks. They are not on the trail but very close.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Nice hike! Great workout!

Friday, June 17, 2016

good trip with kids.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Is this trail good with strollers? I want to go for a hike with my baby...

Monday, May 02, 2011

The Garpito Trail is definitely challenging hike. I takes you through the heart to the bushy canyon on a forestry trail that can be very unfriendly to tall people. Eventually there is a very noticeable rock under a shady tree beside a stream, This is a great place to rest. The trail takes you all the way to Cheney road and eagle rock.

1 month ago

1 month ago

2 months ago

Load More