Temescal Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 854' 260 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 1,143' 348 m
Low: 290' 88 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“This trail takes you from the city into the Santa Monica Mountains.”— John McKinney
From Temescal Gateway Park, head into the canyon by taking the designated trail that goes by the provided restrooms. Soon enough, you'll come across a trail junction with the Temescal Ridge Trail, avoid turning left here and continue on the Temescal Canyon Trail before reaching the Topanga State Park boundary.
At this point, dogs are no longer allowed on the trail. The trail continues to rise up into the canyon as it eventually crosses a bridge over Temescal Creek that features a waterfall. The trail then becomes a fair bit steeper as it departs the canyon and heads west, making its way to Temescal Ridge. At this point, the Temescal Canyon Trail ends as it intersects the Temescal Ridge Trail.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: NPS - Santa Monica Mountains