A hazy 13 mile hike starting in Pacific Palisades. I began on Temescal Canyon Trail, connected to Temescal Ridge Trail and hiked up to Hub Junction. Although the hike was long, I enjoyed the relatively smooth trails as opposed to the rocky and jarring trails I have been hiking on lately.
I parked off of Temescal Blvd., one street west of Sunset Blvd., to avoid the parking fee, the 5 pm locking of the parking gate and the infamous stop sign cameras that are installed at the park. This property was once owned by a religious group. This interesting relief plaque pays tribute to their head man.
This bridge passes in front of little waterfall appropriately known as “The Drip”. Photo 4 – I noticed several trees in this area had these bulbous trunks.
Just up the trail from the junction between the canyon and ridge trails is Skull Rock – looks like something straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Getting up close and personal with Skull Rock
Santa Monica Bay from Skull Rock
Photo 1 – Santa Monica Pier, with Ferris wheel and roller coaster, on extreme zoom. Photo 2 – If this rock were not right next to Skull Rock then it might have a name of it’s own.
Mount Baldy must be one of them.
Photos 1 and 2 – Cathedral Rock and nearby Eagle Rock from the bench.
One last goal was to hike to the top of Temescal Peak. It’s hard to find as it doesn’t exactly tower above any of the other small peaks off the trail. I also couldn’t find the beginning of the short trail that leads to the top. To get to it I walked a few dozen yards down Rodgers Road, which intersects with the Temescal Ridge Trail, and found the trail there.
Panorama from Temescal Peak
On my way back down,