Santa Ynez Canyon Trail to Eagle Rock

Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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Santa Ynez Canyon Trail to Eagle Rock


  • Lots of shade and overgrown bushes.- Santa Ynez Canyon Trail to Eagle Rock
  • A shady section of the trail.- Santa Ynez Canyon Trail to Eagle Rock
  • While the trail does offer shade, some sections of the trail near the end are quite exposed.- Santa Ynez Canyon Trail to Eagle Rock
  • Eagle Rock.- Santa Ynez Canyon Trail to Eagle Rock
  • Cool rock formation at Eagle Rock.- Santa Ynez Canyon Trail to Eagle Rock
  • Playing in the small caves.- Santa Ynez Canyon Trail to Eagle Rock
Overview + Weather
Lots of shade. Trail connections.
Overgrown bushes. Lots of poison oak. Ticks.
Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,400.00 ft (426.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.80 mi (10.94 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Santa Ynez Canyon Trail starts in a residential area located in the Santa Monica Mountains. This is the main trail to Santa Ynez Falls, but being part of the Topanga State Park trail system, it is a connector trail to Eagle Rock and many other trails in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Santa Ynez Trail is overgrown with fallen trees and bushes, and it is best to hike this trail right after a rainfall to see the dry creek beds flowing once again. When hiking this trail, it is recommended to wear protective clothing to guard against ticks and poison oak; be sure to keep an eye out for those hazards.

Santa Ynez Falls is seasonal and can be reached by hiking 1.5 miles from the trailhead. To get to Eagle Rock, continue north at the junction 0.5 mile from the trailhead and follow the trail to Topanga State Park for another 1.5 miles to East Topanga Fire Road. This fire road eventually turns into the Backbone Trail, which is a new trail that stretches 67.7 miles across the Santa Monica Mountains.

Hopefully you have chosen to hike on a clear day, because once you have hiked out of Santa Ynez Canyon the ocean views are amazing! From this junction, the last 1.5 to 2 miles are fully exposed, so make sure to get an early start.

While hiking on Topanga Fire Road, you will come across two other trail junctions: one junction follows the Musch Trail and the other junction follows Eagle Spring Fire Road. Continue straight for about 1.3 miles until you have reached Eagle Rock.

Eagle Rock is a sandstone pinnacle that is shaped somewhat like an eagle. You can hike up to the top to soak in the views of the Pacific Ocean or Santa Monica and its surrounding mountains.

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