Temescal Canyon Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||3.2 miles (5.2 km)|
|Hike Time||1:30-2 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||920 feet (280m)|
|Highest Elevation||1,190 feet (363m)|
|Fees & Permits||Parking Fee|
|Park Website (?)||Temescal Gateway Park|
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The Temescal Canyon hike, tucked into the hills of LA’s west side in the Pacific Palisades, is one of the great Los Angeles city hikes. The hike starts in serene Temescal Gateway Park, climbs up a shaded oak and sycamore canyon, and then returns along a ridge high above the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day you can see from the San Gabriel Mountains to Catalina. The trail is easy to follow, the route isn’t long, and I highly recommend it.
Where is the Temescal Canyon Hike?
The hike starts in Temescal Gateway Park located in Pacific Palisades. Use this trailhead address:
Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
There is a parking fee for the parking lots at the trailhead. You can also park on Sunset and just walk in the park for free.
You’ll also see some of the buildings of the Temescal Canyon Conference and Retreat Center, which is available for events and retreats. The buildings are from the 1920s and were originally home to Chautauqua retreats, a Methodist version of TED Talks, popular from the 1880s to 1930s. The local PBS website has an interesting article on this organization designed “to prepare and protect Christian believers in a modern and changing world.” Who knew?
Gear For the Hike
Most people on the trail wear fitness gear, and you can certainly get away with that as well. I use light hiking gear and bring 1L of water. Trekking poles come in handy on the steep sections. Bugs can be intense at times, so bring repellent.
The La Sportiva Spire boots feel like comfortable sneakers but offer the protection of hiking boots. They’re great on everything from short hikes to longer hikes of 10+ miles. You don’t want to skimp on your feet.
Reviews & Lowest Prices: Women – Men
I test a lot of gear, and for short to medium day hikes, travel, and everyday use, the Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women) are consistently the best. They’re lightweight, hold a hydration bladder to make drinking water easy, have lots of pockets to organize gear, and most importantly, are incredibly comfortable. Check out the reviews; they are impressive.
Reviews & Colors Here: Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women)
If you’re not familiar with the Garmin InReach technology, it allows you to send and receive text messages where you don’t have cell phone signals. You can also get weather reports and trigger an SOS to emergency responders. Even if you don’t have an emergency, sending a quick message telling a loved one that you’re okay or are running late is well worth the cost. The Mini fits in your palm and weighs next to nothing. Read my review and see the lowest prices and reviews at REI (or Amazon).
Here’s my complete gear list that I personally use, have tested, and recommend, updated February 2020.See All of My Best Gear Picks Here
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