Explore the most popular forest trails near Pacific Palisades with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
14 hours ago

Parking is 12$ cash or card. The backbone trail condition is fine but has some really tall grass. Need to listen and watch out for a bunch of mtb folks without trail bells. The left turn on the Ridgeline trail is findable but is basically just a bunch of bushwacking, hunched down, scratching plants and trees overhead. We turned back.

This is a vigorous hike. The trail was clear, but is was sometimes difficult to stay on track. The app really helped. It took me a little over 6 hours to complete this hike because of the heat. I would stop often to cool off whenever I could find some shade, which is difficult at times. I will do this hike again when it is cooler. There are a lot of uphill sections. Bring lots of water!

I'll do this trail again when there's actual water in the creek/waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun 7 mile loop through scenic Will Rogers State Park. The backbone trail on the way up is not well maintained which required a bit of foraging through the brush at the top. There was quite a bit of poison oak in the shade so be very careful. The left turn to start back down the other trail is very tough to find and poorly marked, we had to use our GPS to backtrack as we initially missed the left turn off the Backbone trail. The trail back down was difficult to follow and had some hairy incline. Hiking shoes are a must. We completed the hike in approximately 3.5 hours.

This is a great hike. Took me 5 1/2 hours to complete, including the walk to and from Sunset to get to the loop. The whole trail is open, but many sections of the Backbone Trail are covered over by tall weeds. I think this will be a regular for me.

Beginning of trail was cleared but the rest was overgrown.

Started 8:45am. Weather misty entire hike. Started clockwise. 5.4 mi in, Will Rogers trail closed (why rated only 3 stars). Tried anyway: Trail completely overgrown, miner landslides, then heard large animal coming my way, so about 50 to 100 steps in turned around and returned way I hiked in. So only 10.5 mi hike. Hike up was beautiful though.

loved this hike! Don't stop at the waterfall, crawl up on the side and go explore :) it is a pretty short hike but fun for people who don't like to hike straight on a nice path as it is full of stones to climb on.

Nice time out doors, lots of greenery. Don’t expect a waterfall, there was only murky dirty water. I would assume it’d be beautiful after it rains. Had lots of fun stepping over stones and climbing a few.

Kind of a boring hike until the ravine at the end, and some trickling water if you're lucky! Might be a better hike after some heavy rains.
I'd recommend just staying on the path to Eagle rock though, and not detouring to this waterfall.

This is really a local hike. I wouldn't drive out of the way to see it. There hasn't been very much water in many years. When there was, there was a running creek, and it was much harder to get there. The trail has zero bathroom/water facilities and I often find hikers allover the area (sometimes miles away) who either can't find their way to the nonexistent waterfall or can't find their way back from it! There's also a lot of poison oak, so good to have pants and sleeves if you go anyway. Rangers have been known to write tickets to people with dogs.

There was very very little water. However, my four kids (ages 9-13) had a great time climbing over rocks and boulders to get to the trickle of a waterfall. My 40+ chubby self even made it! I imagine that with significant rainfall....this hike could be pretty tough to navigate boulder climbing while it the stream.

Great trail and beautiful views. Part of it was closed so we couldn't do the full loop.

The trail was very soft on the footing and very shady causing the temperature drop. Not much water at the top of the waterfall but it’s a nice walk and ending at a water hole with water dripping.

Great hike. Bring lots of water on hot days.

Gruesome. Super overgrown and pathway covered in green slime over concrete. No way I was going to walk that. Looked like something from an abandoned city. I turned right around and went to another trail.

Really disappointing - may have once been a worthwhile hike, but trail hasn't been maintained and is in terrible shape - and now-dry riverbed is filled with what appears to be toilet paper/sewage. There are tons of great hikes in the area - this is not one of them.

Challenging, but doable with enough water and snacks. our GPS said 21miles, not 17....?

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wonderful, except that the second half of the trail was closed. The park ranger should put a sign at the beginning to warn people... and maybe add information such as if there is another way to reach Will Rogers...

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

A bit overgrown in a few areas, but stunning views!!

Awesome hike! The trail is overgrown in the second half. Found a tiny tick crawling on me. I was happy to be wearing pants. This hike is almost entirely exposed. Took me almost 5 hours. Bring lots of water.

hiking
Friday, June 02, 2017

there was no waterfall, completely drained out. Needed to climb on rocks to get to it. lots of mold and spider webs on the floor.

a nice easy trail I was able to take my wife on (who doesn't hike). we made it to the waterfall and back aways in the other direction. the waterfall was trickling but still looked nice, poison oak everywhere and what sounded like a rattlesnake or two. wasn't crowded at all and mostly in shade which was nice.

Very narrow trails. Rough terrain and poison oak everywhere. Wouldn't recommend to go with kids.
Made it to the end of trail but not to the waterfall. The trail was very narrow and required climbing so we decided to turn around. I would not say it is an easy trail.

trail running
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Very challenging and fulfilling trail. Thank heaven for this app because there are a lot of confusing spots where you could end up going the wrong direction if you're not looking at the app for the right path.

ticks, over grown, we didn't take this trail. so bad for the spring

I started this hike at 6:45am in the morning. It look me about 3 hours and 54 minutes. It was a lot of fun, weather was cooperative and the views were splendid. There are a lot of points during this hike where you can see the ocean and Downtown LA at the same time! How awesome is that?!

Now about the other review that said it was about 16 miles, let me clarify that. It is 13.5 miles from the paid parking lot. Now, if you park on the street (sunset blvd) or else where, of course that would add some distance to your walking. The paid parking is a rip off. $10 for parking when a quarter mile up the road, there's free parking... PSSHH!! Of course I got street parking.. Anyway, I digress.. My point is: The start and stop point you see on the map is a total of 13.5 miles. Use the map on the AllTrail app cos it's easy to end up on another trail.

If you're adventurous climb up the ropes up a few of the waterfalls then do some freehand rock climbing up to the right side of the mountain to the top. It's a real treat. Watch out for poison oak though!

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Fun and easy trail! Small water fall at end with a rope to climb over it.

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