This is the first hike that J and I did Los Angeles. We went last summer, when we first moved to LA. It was very sunny day, and quite hot. I remember thinking it was a great hike - it has quite a steep climb for the first half (which is a good workout!) and the views are fantastic, especially on the top of the ridge. The second half (all downhill) is very relaxing. :)
My friend Stacy came to visit from NYC and we wanted to do a shorter hike (1 1/2-2 hours, 3-4 miles), so I suggested we do the Temescal Canyon Loop. Wow - what a difference it is to hike in the spring when all the wildflowers are blooming and the waterfall is flowing!!! I was so busy taking photos of the beautiful flowers and ocean view while hiking, that I somehow missed seeing the clown snake (poisonous) that Stacy told me slithered right by my feet!!! Don't worry, as long as you are careful and wear hiking shoes or sneakers, I think it is a pretty safe hike. :)
This is a pretty easy hike to access. The entrance to the trail is right by Palisades High School. A few things to note is that it is $7 to park. Supposedly (according to yelpers), there is a hidden camera in one of the parking lots so you must come to a complete stop when exiting the parking lot.
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Temescal Canyon Loop Trail
15601 W Sunset Blvd
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272