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Temescal Canyon Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer point to point
80% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 854' 260 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 1,143' 348 m
Low: 290' 88 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by John McKinney

This trail takes you from the city into the Santa Monica Mountains.

John McKinney

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Dogs aren't allowed on the trail within the Topanga State Park boundary.

Description

Start out this trail at the Temescal Gateway Park. Either park here (for a fee) or park along Sunset Blvd. and make your way to the park by foot.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Oak, maple, and sycamore trees line the trail.

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The Temescal Canyon Trail heads through a foliage tunnel.
Mar 17, 2017 near Santa M…, CA
Canyon shaded view
Jan 2, 2018 near Santa M…, CA
The Temescal Ridge Trail quickly gains altitude, offering you gorgeous views of Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean.
Mar 17, 2017 near Santa M…, CA

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