Temescal Canyon Hike
This is the hike you'll want to take when you come to LA, not Runyon. Unless you want to be surrounded by wanna be Instagram girls and C list celebs that think you'll recognize them. Then by all means Runyon is your place to be.
But I prefer more of a non-touristy place to get my hike on. Temescal Canyon Trails are located in the cozy town of Pacific Palisades. If you live near or in Santa Monica, then this is a breeze to get to. Even if you don’t live near Santa Monica, it’s still a pretty easy hike to find.
I always hate when I find a cool hike, but no one tells me where to go to find it. Like stop keeping secrets from me! SO, I will tell you exactly where to go so you can find this magical hike.
SEE MAP BELOW. You are welcome.
This hike was relatively easy, I only say that because I am so out of shape apparently. I thought it wouldn’t be too bad, but not going to lie I struggled a bit.
We also went at probably a bad time, around 10am it was already getting really hot and the sun was blaring. I recommend going at an earlier time, or bring lots of water if you do get there later.
Casey kept making fun of me because I would stop every so often and try not to die and then an older couple would pass us and he would be like “wow really, can’t even keep up” hah like okay, boy calm down.
I undoubtedly will re-think my gym routine after this.
It’s a lot of uphill and un even grounds, going down is WAY easier. It was a struggle for me but that doesn’t mean it will be for you. Plus, the end view was so worth it, I would do it over again in a second. You can see all the way to downtown, I saw the Santa Monica Pier and it was even a bit hazy when we went, so I am sure you could see even further on a super clear day!
All in all, the hike was way worth it, I have been trying to be outside more and stay active. This was one of my resolutions for the year, so I am off to a good start.
So, you can do it :)
Scroll down for some hiking tips!
Im going to give you some tips to spare you from making any serious mistakes.
1. Bring water- we only brought 2 water bottles and that was perfect.
2. Watch out for snakes- we saw none and thank god, I would have run the whole way and seriously died.
3. Leave the pups at home- dogs are not allowed on the trails, if the state troopers see your dog you will be subject to citation.
4. There is poison oak on this trail so watch out- we didn’t know about that until we came back down.
5. Try not to bring the trails home with you- if you find anything cool on the trails chances are it belongs there please leave nature alone and where it belongs.
6. Please don’t smoke around here- fires are California’s number one enemy right now, please be smart about this.
7. Stay on the marked trails- this is pretty obvious J
8. Parking is $10.00 a car- it goes to a good cause please don’t skip out! Plus, it helps them know who is on the trails and if you didn’t make it back before the sun goes down.