Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

I love this trail and as a local I go at least twice a month. In the summer you should definitely start as early as possible because there is little to no shade. It’s a beautiful view of the ocean with lots of wild flowers along the way. As someone hiking alone occasionally you can walk alone but have someone walk by every couple minutes.

Great views of ocean and canyons. Wide paths for hikers and bikes. Trip out is mostly uphill and return trip mostly downhill. No parking at trailhead, need to park on residential street leading to trailhead which can be very limited at times.

The actual trailhead was not well marked and not too easy to find-I followed someone’s recording to locate it. As description states, it starts off on a water runoff (cement) which then takes you to the dirt trail. Again no markers, just follow the app or recordings. I started at around 1:20p and ended right before 5pm, not doing the full loop I did a little over 8 miles. This trail is wide for the most part which gives you and the cyclists plenty of room. I ran into someone every maybe 1.5 miles or so, not many people on this trail. Wear your sunscreen and a hat as the trail is exposed almost the entire way and in summer not very forgiving. I would rate this one as moderate as I didn’t think the initial incline was enough to be “hard” and athough the trail is a nice easy incline the entire way you don’t notice it as much. This trail also links to backbone, skull rock and other trails. Nice scenery of the mountains, city and ocean below. Parking is either on the residential streets or a small parking lot (free) across from the trail head (which I missed).

hiking
1 month ago

There was a short, very steep elevation gain. After that, the rest of the trail has very little elevation. There were lots of bikers!!

So awesome one of the best I've been on has everything for all levels and skills

mountain biking
1 month ago

A solid climb to the top will make you work especially near the top. Keep an eye out for single track of the side or the road on the way down.

hiking
2 months ago

Love this hike! Greta views and a nice amount of incline to wake your body up. It’s one of my go too. I prefer going early when it’s quieter and just locals and a few early risers but it’s a great hike regardless.

Parking can be tough but I just think of it as another part of the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice hike of moderate difficulty but be aware that on the weekends its almost impossible to find parking unless you come very early. I have had to leave before due to no parking! Otherwise it has pretty pacific coast views, it links up with the los liones canyon hike as well, which is longer and a bit less trafficked

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice moderate hike. The trail path is easy to follow and the views are great. It's somewhat of a standard Santa Monica Mountains/Pacific Palisades trail. The more I go to these different trails the more that I realize that many of them connect and for me the journey a lot of times is just seeing where the path takes me. The views are essentially the same but from higher vistas and deeper into the mountains you see things that give each their own character. I've been to Los Liones trail and relatively speaking this is a little easier. Apparently they connect at some point.

It's a gradual climb, but can be moderately difficult at the beginning. There isn't any shade so be prepared if you go on a sunny day. You'll see a lot of lizards and there are signs that warn of rattlesnakes. This trail is not pet friendly and I wouldn't take a young child too far because of the initial climb and lack of shade. I can say that on this particular day there was a decent amount people on the path. I imagine it being busier when the sun is out and the sky is clear.

I ended up taking this to the Parker Mesa Overlook and it was highlight of the trek up. Whether it's Temescal, Los Liones or any trail within the Santa Monica Mountains/Will Rogers Park area you'll be greeted with some great views. The journey, scenery and curiosity alway propels me up to see something special. The remainder of the hike to that point was relatively easy but also started to seem redundant because you didn't know when it would end but once I got there it was worth it.

This is a nice hike with some beautiful views and I can't wait to get back on a clearer day.

It has beautiful views. It is heavily trafficked though.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a pretty enjoyable hike with a beautiful view at the end. The path is very wide and well maintained. I would say it’s somewhere on the upper end of “easy”/low end of “moderate” as far as difficulty goes. It’s a gradual incline most of the way to the overlook. Bring lots of water and sunscreen because there is very little shade and it can get hot. Parking in the neighborhood is limited, so if it’s a busy day it might be hard to find a spot near the trail head.

hiking
4 months ago

We went on this trail around 11am .. nice and wide but not enough shade for furry friends. Lots of bugs and dog poop that irresponsible owners didn’t pick up after their dogs. Lots of gravel and speeding cyclists speeding down the hill. We
did see a rattlesnake crossing the path ..
Would I go back, prob not.

Nice flat trail (until the very end), good for trail running. Mostly gravel and very even. Lovely shade trees and some pretty wildflowers in April. Saw a small rattlesnake slither off sunny spot on path as I approached, so I’d keep dogs on leash. Entrance is pretty obvious, around wood gate (there is a path on left) and down the hill.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful, relatively chill trail for an afternoon walk! It was completely foggy so the views weren’t as expansive as we hoped, but being up in the clouds was a magical experience in its own right. Completed in about 2.5 hours with some time spent up top.

hiking
4 months ago

Best Ever. Really. Best Hike Ever!

Good hike with great vistas, but one star off for imposing power lines along most of the trail and unthoughtful dog owners who have left loaded poop bags scattered along the trail - if they even bothered to pick it up

this hike was so beautiful! the ocean views are spectacular. have yet to do the full loop but am working up to it

I usually take my son in a stroller when I go hiking so this trail was ideal because it’s mostly paved. There are nice views but it’s not the most gorgeous walk I’ve ever been on. I enjoyed it for what it was but I much rather go down Sunset a bit and hike at Will Rogers State Park.

Fantastic sunrise hike

hiking
6 months ago

This was a pretty straightforward trail that was a steady 2.5 mile incline until the very top. I’d definitely consider it moderate. Would be a great trail for running as well. The top is a great view of the city and ocean with a couple benches to enjoy the lookout. There’s also a legit porta-potty as well up top. Still, this germaphobe wouldn’t use it. Parking was tough along the residential area. Very little shade if it’s sunny. Trail is shared with mountain bikers. I did notice that fellow hikers were not as friendly as I’ve experienced on other trails.

Ran here a week after the rains and trail was pretty torn up. There was a “trail closed” sign 8 miles in that I ignored. Lots of rocks, hard on the feet. Most of the elevation gain was at the last 5 mile stretch. The best trail I never want to run again!

What a view

Not a great trail but not bad. There was tons of dog poop on the trail and very little shade. We went at 10am in January and it was still too hot in the sun for my dog. It’s 2 stars for dogs but 3 stars for people. You can hear the traffic from the 405 freeway and you can look right into peoples’ (multi-million) backyard. We went out only 2 miles so I think the city landscape lessens. But I like trails where you immediately feel hundreds of miles away from LA.

Amazing views the entire trail, final outlook was beautiful. I was able to park on the street adjacent to the trailhead. Got there at 7am on a Wednesday and there were already a few cars. Not a ton of street parking available so you can consider the Los Liones parking area and then hiking up if later in the day. There is no lot here. Saw about a dozen people on trail, more later in the day. Took me a little longer than 2 hours round trip with some time spent at the top. The entire approach is a steady incline uphill. Not much shade if sunny, bring sunscreen and water! I saw some neat wildlife on the trail, birds rabbits and a small snake.

No access through the directions, took us to a giant wooden gate. We took Old Ranch Road

hiking
8 months ago

very accessible from west LA. but busy on a Sunday afternoon, much warmer and more sun than expected. bring water and hat.

l love trail with amazing ocean view.

8 months ago

Hot but a great hike! Amazing views of downtown, the ocean and Catalina. Bring lots of water with you.

Interesting trail... a few years ago my dog found a deer leg here... yesterday we were hiking around 3pm and I spotted a mountain lion that was slightly bigger than my Weimaraner. Now I know who eats those deer....

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