Explore the most popular trail running 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
21 hours 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.

Did the loop ... Went up the steep way ! Was quite the Climb ! If I do it again definitely going in reverse !!!

To find the trail walk down into the cement wash trail is all the way to the right

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked this off Los Liones Drive in May 18th. Mid day. Temps were cool so it was an awesome hike. Did 7 miles out and back. Tons of wildflowers. Great views. Not too busy. One dog on leash.

This trail is great for exercise and endurance, and accurately right around 11 miles if you do the out and back part plus the loop. Some of these reviews point out not being able to find the loop, and that is because the counter-clockwise loop back (left side if you're looking on the map) is AWFUL. Even my AllTrails map - which saved me from getting lost many times - wasn't much help. Once you find the tiny entrance to the downhill path from the two overlook benches, the trail is immediately 2 miles of under-maintained, steep, rocky descent. I crawled or slid down the whole way aside from the few moments of flat walking. Highly recommend just turning back and going the way you came. It'll still be 11 miles total if you do the out and back part.

Beautiful trail!

hiking
10 days 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.

This is a strenuous hike that starts out pretty narrow, so if a lot of people are out and about, it can get impacted. Great views at several points. Beginning is shaded, then exposed. We haven't found the "loop" yet, if it's there, it's a pretty steep downhill path...

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.

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.

Did the loop counterclockwise...I suggest going the other way, if at all. The main trail is wide and smooth, so pretty easy going, but the super steep section that connects the benches at the overlook back down to the trailhead is unmaintained, slippery, washed out and over grown. Be prepared to use all fours. I found a hiking stick that saved my hide. Also, warning, lots of bees this time of year. Several times I was forced to plow through a buzzing bush and just hope for no stings. That section would’ve been better going up than down, but I will probably skip entirely if I come back.

Good workout, cool breezes

Beautiful view of the ocean!

Amazing views and great workout route. Its less crowded if you start the hike early morning, like 6am. I have been on this trail several times in the past 5 years.

It has beautiful views. It is heavily trafficked though.

Too crowded

Very crowded. Felt like Runyon Canyon West with the crowd.

It’s a good hike none the less. I went counter-clock wise and the incline did become a little relentless as previously posted. Great cardio if your running and looking for that sort of thing. The descent was pretty steep - be careful! If I did this hike again I would try it clock-wise and go up the steep ascent (shadier as well) and down the less steep Route.

This hike IS a loop. (Not sure why so many people have trouble finding the descent.) Just bring your phone the first time and follow the AllTrais map with GPS.

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.

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

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.

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

Great hike

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.

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.

great workout, great views, close to the city

hiking
1 month 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.

trail running
1 month ago

Temescal is beautiful! Lots of options to extend your run

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