As a disclaimer, since I have done Temescal enough with the group, I probably won't be doing that again for a while. I use it as a placemarker, assuming that a regular spot would be good, but its easy to get bored with that.
So . . . a great hike still within the Palisades/Topanga area that I did a while ago is the Santa Ynez to Tripper Ranch hike. This is a 5 mile round trip hike, about 800 elevation gain, and about 2.5 hours. So, in other words its slightly longer than Temescal, but about the same elevation gain, so slightly less incline overall.
This will start in a shady live oak glen, with a small stream, come out on to a drier ridge, then end up at the official, pay to get in spot, Tripper Ranch, with a nice oak grove. This is on the edge of Topanga Canyon Village.
At first I thought of walking from Trippet Ranch to Topanga Canyon Blvd, since there are some unique eclectic restaurants, but it would be a bit of a walk along Entrada, and would make the hike a mile and a half longer. Which might put us as getting back in the dark.
Instead we can make it an option to go eat in Topanga afterwards. I know I always wanted to check out its little hippy cafes.
You know the drill: dress for the weather, wear appropriate footwear, bring water, a snack, a few very basic first aid stuff like bandaids, etc. is a good idea, and a flashlight/headlamp just in case.
See you Sunday!
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