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Temescal Ridge Trail Hike

Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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  • California sycamore at the Temescal Ridge Trailhead.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • Sugar bush (Rhus ovata) along the Temescal Ridge Trail.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • Coastal prickly pear (Opuntia littoralis) along the Temescal Ridge Trail.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • Temescal Ridge Trail.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • Temescal Ridge Trail.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • View of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Bay, and the Palos Verdes Hills from the Temescal Ridge Trail.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • Temescal Ridge Trail.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • Chamise, also known as greasewood (Adenostoma fasciculatum).- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • View west to Pacific Palisades and the Pacific Ocean from Temescal Ridge Trail.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • Temescal Ridge Trail.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • View south to Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Bay from the Temescal Ridge Trail.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • View southeast to Century City and downtown Los Angeles from Temescal Ridge Trail.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • View south to Santa Monica, Santa Monica Pier, and the Santa Monica Bay from the Temescal Ridge Trail.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • Viewpoint along the Temescal Ridge Trail in Topenga State Park.- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Temescal Ridge Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Views over Santa Monica Bay. Access from Santa Monica.
Cons: 
Very heavily used. Limited parking.
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Region:
Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
General Day Use Fee ($7.00)
Total Distance: 
2.40 mi (3.86 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
320 ft (98 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
500 ft (152 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Partly cloudy until afternoon.
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Clear throughout the day.
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Clear throughout the day.
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Dry throughout the day.
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Dry throughout the day.
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Dry throughout the day.
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Dry throughout the day and mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Adventurers seeking a relatively relaxed, scenic hike will enjoy the Temescal Ridge Trail.  The path winds its way southward from Temescal Gateway Park to the Temescal Ridge Fire Road. A plethora of wildlife and countless breathtaking views make this trail particularly attractive to outdoor enthusiasts; California sycamore, coastal prickly pear, chamise, and sugarbush are just a few of the native plants that call the Temescal Ridge Trail home. The Pacific Palisades and Pacific Ocean lay to the west, while Century City and downtown Los Angeles can be seen to the southeast. Other iconic landmarks that can be spotted from the trail include the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Bay, and the Palos Verdes Hills.

Many hikers pause along the way when they reach Skull Rock, a hulking sandstone formation that resembles a human skull. This spot boasts a clear view of the ocean, and if the weather cooperates you might be able to see Catalina Island. If you want to extend your hike by a few miles, Skull Rock is a good place to merge onto the Temescal Canyon Loop, which will lead you to Topanga State Park.

The meandering Temescal Ridge Trail is an excellent fall, winter, or spring hike for the people who value stunning views over seclusion.

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