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Hi everyone! Due to no snow in the foreseeable future, the snowshoeing and cross-country skiing has to be cancelled. Sorry! But that means we get to go hiking anyway, so that's awesome.
This is a moderately challenging 4.6 mile loop trail in the Pacific Palisades, with an 1135' elevation gain. This route takes you on the popular Temescal Canyon Trail to Temescal Falls (really just a small cascade, most often only a trickle). From there, the hike makes a steep but shaded ascent up to the ridge and to Skull Rock, a cool little rock formation with some excellent views of the Pacific Coast and inland (on clear days). This is a great, slightly-more-than-casual workout hike with lots of great options to extend the hike if you wanted to do a bit more cardio.
You can park on the street and walk into the parking area for free, or the cost to park is $7. I've never been unable to street park, but the choice is yours. We'll head over to Duke's for some mai tais after!
For an excellent description of the hike, please see here (https://modernhiker.com/hike/hiking-temescal-canyon-to-skull-rock/) (from Modern Hiker) or here (https://socalhiker.net/hiking-skull-rock-and-temescal-loop/) (from SoCal Hiker - I love his writing style!). Both have really exact descriptions of where we need to meet. It's inside the parking area to the left by the green gate and debris dam. WE HAVE MISSED A COUPLE PEOPLE AT THE SITE ON THE LAST TWO HIKES!!!! And I am so hugely sorry about that Cindy and Lyndy!!! I just feel horrible about that. I will be there and I will include an EXACT DESCRIPTION of what I'll wear in the Friday "Details" email so you will all know, yup, that's Rachel. :-)
Hope to see you then! Sorry about the no-snow, no-go.