Temescal Canyon is a very popular hiking spot with great views of the ocean and LA basin on clear days, a seasonal waterfall, and a densely wooded canyon. This looped hike is a nice workout at about 6 miles with a net elevation gain of about 1,200 ft. Check out the trail map (http://files.meetup.com/454296/Temescal%20Canyon.pdf)
We'll begin at the lower end of the first parking lot and walk along Temescal Creek on the Sunset Trail. After 0.4 miles we'll head up the Ridge Trail under chaparral arches with some nice views of the Palisades and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
After a sustained climb we'll turn west on the Leacock Trail toward wide ocean views. Then we will turn onto the less traveled Bienveneda Trail which will take us back up to Temescal Ridge.
We then descend into Temescal Canyon, dropping through chaparral and heavier vegetation, reaching the canyon floor and cross a foot bridge just downstream of a small waterfall. We'll can go off-trail to get a closer look.
We'll hike along the creek back to the main park as the the trail transforms into an easy stroll through pleasant groves.
Post Hike Lunch will be at Beech Street Cafe (http://www.beechstreetcafe.com/index2.php#/home/)
Its just a couple blocks from park at
863 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades, CA[masked]
Temescal Gateway Park is located in Pacific Palisades, just one mile north of Pacific Coast Highway at the intersection of Temescal Canyon Road and Sunset Boulevard.
Park for free on Sunset or Temescal - Meet outside park on corner under Park Sign
Click for Picture of Corner (http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/6/c/2/2/highres_140607682.jpeg)
From Los Angeles, take the Santa Monica Freeway (10) West until it becomes Pacific Coast Highway(PCH). Continue West on PCH. Turn right (North) on Temescal Canyon Road and continue for 1 mile. Park on street
From the Conejo and San Fernando Valley, take Topanga Canyon Boulevard South to Pacific Coast highway(PCH). Turn left (East) on PCH. Go Left (North) on Temescal Canyon Road and continue for 1 mile. Park on street
To restaurant: Head east on Sunset then a right on Swarthmore. Park in rear (practically impossible) or on street (meter). You can take your chances and park at cvs across the street
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