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Santa Inez Canyon to Eagle Rock & caves--hike to top of Topanga State Park

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Santa Inez Canyon trailhead

17421 Vereda de la Montura · Pacific Palisades, CA

How to find us

meet at the trailhead sign on Vereda de la Montura

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WHERE: PACIFIC PALISADES--on Vereda de la Montura--off of Palisades Drive (reachable from Sunset Blvd.

LENGTH: about 7 miles total, takes about 4 1/2 hours with half hour stop at the Eagle rock. FROM 10 am to 2:30 pm

DIFFICULTY: 5 out of 10

Here we will start on a single-track trail at the condos of Palisades Highlands, cruise through the shady oak-filled canyon to the waterfall trail junction (but not go to the waterfall, sorry, it's almost dry now!), past the two caves on the hillside (one is an excellent improvised recording studio), up to the east Topanga fireroad. From there the trail gets wide open and we follow the ridgeline to Eagle Rock (elevation: 1957'). There we will have views of the entire San Fernando Valley and the Angeles Forest, and probably the ocean and Catalina Island.

The hike length is 3.5 miles each way, and elevation gain is 1400 feet.

CLOTHES: Because there may be poison oak in some of the canyon, wear long pants unless you know what the poison oak vines look like and are good at avoiding it.

BRING: at least Two quarts of water, a hat, comfortable shoes, lunch, snacks.

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...



DIRECTIONS: From the 405 freeway, take the 10 freeway west. It becomes Pacific Coast Highway. Follow PCH 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 gated neighborhood. 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.

MAP LINK TO THE TRAILHEAD:,-118.56686&z=16&t=M&marker0=34.07803%2C-118.56686%2C3.6%20km%20ExSE%20of%20Topanga%20CA


LEGAL STUFF: finally, by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:


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