Temescal Canyon Loop

This is a very popular hiking spot with great views of the ocean on clear days, a seasonal waterfall, and a densely wooded canyon. The loop starts out on Temescal Ridge Trail, climbing almost 1,000 feet in the first mile. At the intersection with Temescal Canyon Trail, you can either take a half mile side trip to Skull Rock (staying on the ridge trail) or head down into the deep Temescal Canyon. At the bottom of the canyon, you will cross a bridge with a lovely waterfall. After crossing the bridge, the trail drops through the canyon at a mild pace, through a pleasantly dense wooded area.

  • Highlights: Great views of the ocean, small seasonal waterfall, densely wooded canyon
  • Near: Pacific Palisades, CA
  • Distance: 5 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1200 ft
  • Hike Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: 4/10
  • Trail Condition: well maintained trail
  • Dog Friendly: No
  • Kid Friendly: Yes
  • Rating: 3/5

Getting to the Trailhead:

From Los Angeles: 10 fwy (wast) to PCH (north) to Temescal Canyon Rd.(right) to park entrance to end of road.

Google Map Link


PDF Detail Map Linktemescal_cyn_detail

Trail Profile

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