WHERE: PACIFIC PALISADES--on Vereda de la Montura--off of Palisades Drive (reachable from Sunset Blvd.
TIME: 1 TO 4 PM
LENGTH: 1.5 miles each way to the falls, plus a short climb to the rocks above the falls on a side trail
DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy, assorted stream crossings, and some rope climbing at the 20 foot tall falls is optional.
UPDATE: SOME GRINCH REMOVED THE ROPES! SO, WE CAN GET TO THE BASE OF THE FALLS ONLY!
PHOTOS: of hike to Santa Inez falls:
photos of the lower portion of Santa Inez canyon
Here we will start at the condos of Palisades Highlands, cruise through the shady oak-filled canyon and check out the two caves on the hillside (one is an excellent improvised recording studio), then head up to the waterfalls. Depending on how adventurous we are, we can climb the ropes up the falls. After climbing (or not climbing) the falls, we will head down the canyon and take a side trail up the east side of the canyon to some cool sandstone formations.
BRING: at least 1 quart of water, a hat, and comfortable shoes which you do not mind getting wet.
CLOTHES: Because there may be poison oak, wear long pants. I WILL BE BRINGING MY GARDEN SHEARS TO PRUNE BACK ANY POISON OAK WE SEE.
DOGS: because this is a state park, no dogs are allowed. Rangers hand out $200 tickets here. (I don't know about cats on a leash, though)
CELL COVERAGE: sometimes works, so you will be able to receive faxes while hiking, and consummate important business deals...
DIRECTIONS: From the 405 freeway, take the 10 freeway west. It becomes Pacific Coast Highway. Follow PCH north/west around 5 miles until you reach Sunset Blvd. Turn right (there is a Von's market there). A quarter mile up hill is Palisades Drive. Turn left and go 1 1/2 miles to the first left. That is Vereda de la Montura. This road soon ends at a gate. Park along Vereda anywhere between the gate and Palisades Drive. The trailhead sign saying "Topanga State Park" is on the north side of the road.
ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS: If traffic reports say PCH is jammed, take the 405 to Sunset, and take Sunset west all the way to Palisades Drive, which is 1/4 mile before Sunset hits the beach. Then turn right, going uphill on Palisades Drive to the Vereda de la Montura trailhead.
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