July 18, 2015 - Temescal Canyon to Will Rogers Estate
Length: 4 mile (Temescal Canyon Loop only) and an additional 5.5 miles (Will Rogers Estate) = 9.5 miles for both.
Gain: 1500 ft. for both
Rating: Moderate for both hike parts
This Is a beautiful, cool hike in the hills above the great Pacific Ocean. It starts out with an uphill climb to a little waterfall, then winds through lovely chaparral, exposing views of the ocean and the gorgeous hilltop homes of Pacific Palisades.
The first part of the hike is a 4 mile loop which starts and ends at Temescal Canyon Ranger Station. Once we’ve returned to this spot, beginning hikers can depart if they wish, or continue on to the Will Rogers Estate.
The second part of the hike to the Will Rogers Estate rises up to a transverse trail that parallels Sunset Blvd going East. We pass through chaparral and woodland areas, cross behind secluded woodland homes and go down into a canyon that leads back up and into the Will Rogers Estate. We have seen lots of deer in this area, so make sure you have your camera ready!!!
Meet your Leader/Carpooling from Santa Clarita:
Meet at Towsley Canyon , 24489 The Old Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91381 GPS:[masked], [masked]
Meet at Towsley parking lot (SCV) in front of the gate at 7:30AM to organize carpools for a departure to the trail head at 7:45AM SHARP.
If you prefer to drive to the Temescal Canyon trailhead:
It is best to carpool, as there is a $7.00 fee to park at Temescal canyon. Temescal Gateway Park is located at the top of Temescal Canyon Road at an intersection with Sunset Blvd, one mile from PCH. Be sure to make a COMPLETE stop at the stop signs in the park or you WILL get a ticket in the mail (a camera automatically issues tickets!).
Trailhead address: Sunset Boulevard & Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Trailhead coordinates:[masked], [masked] (34° 03′ 00.78″N 118° 31′ 44.90″W)
Walk toward the trail (at the back of the furthest/upper Temescal Canyon parking lot). MEET in front of the bathrooms on the right at 8:15AM. We will leave promptly when the carpools arrive from Towsley ~8:30 AM latest.
Bring: Lunch/ snacks, water (3 liters recommended), camera, hiking poles if you have them, and electrolytes if it is a hot day.
Dogs: Sorry, NOT allowed on this trail.