ElevationAscent: 121' 37 m
Descent: -1,703' -519 m
High: 2,455' 748 m
Low: 791' 241 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A four-mile run through Hondo Canyon in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains.”— John McKinney
Once in the canyon, you'll pass a stream and waterfall that flow during rainy seasons. You'll then briefly ascend on the path as it runs along the south canyon wall before descending further into the canyon. Along this descent, you'll catch a glimpse of some the damage done by the 1994 earthquake that rocked the area; shattered trees and displaced boulders lay near the canyon's mouth.
Continuing along the path, you'll soon cross Topanga Meadows, which can become pretty muddy after periods of heavy rain. After crossing Topanga Meadows, you'll cross the creek and continue to the end of the Hondo Canyon run as the trail comes across Old Topanga Road.
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