Sunday, April 22, 2012

Temescal Peak via Trippet Ranch

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Date:
April 20, 2012

Nearest City:
Topanga Canyon, CA

Driving Directions:
From the 101 Freeway take exit CA-27 south/ Topanga Canyon Blvd. Follow this road through the canyon for 8 miles and make a left onto Entrada Road. Continue for 0.7 mile and make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road. Follow for 0.3 mile more and make a left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot

From PCH (1 Freeway) depending on your direction down PCH make a right or left toward CA-27 north/ south Topanga Canton Blvd. Continue into the canyon for 4.6 miles and make a slight right onto Entrada Road. In 0.7 mile make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road and another left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot. Adventure passes are NOT excepted.

Hours:
Sunrise - sunset
*If you are planning on watching the sunset from Parker Mesa Overlook, make sure to park outside the gate or you will be locked in. also bring a flashlight to find your way back down the fire road to your car.

Difficulty:
Easy- Moderate

Why?
This trail is on a fire road for most of the hike but there is a slight incline for sections of the trail and some may find this difficult. 

Elevation:
Temescal Peak- 2,129 ft
Total Gain- 926 ft

Seasons:
Year around- always make sure to check current weather conditions for the area you will be hiking in.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
There is a $10 parking fee, pay at the booth that is open on busy days before entering the parking lot or if its closed pay at the self pay thing in the parking lot. Adventure passes are NOT excepted. There is a ranger station in the parking lot so don't skip out on the parking fee!! For free parking park on the road outside of the gate.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- No service at the parking lot but I was getting spotty service along the trails.

Trails:
*All the trail miles listed are one way, unless it says otherwise* 
Temescal Peak- 5 Miles
Trippet Ranch to Los Liones Trailhead0 12. 2 Miles round trip
Eagle Rock-1.8 Miles
Musch Trail- 2 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook (Trippet Ranch)- 2.8 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook (Los Liones)- 3. 2 Miles
Santa Ynez Trail (waterfall)- 2 Miles
Temescal Conference Grounds- 7.8 Miles
Pacific Palisades- 4.6 Miles
Dead Horse Trail- 1.4 Miles
Will Rogers State Park- 8.5 Miles

Trail Condition:
The trails in the Trippet Ranch area of Topanga State Park are in excellent condition, no trash anywhere! I think this may have been the first time ever! Didn't notice a single bit of trash on the trails. All the trails are very well marked with signs, making it every easy to not need detailed trail directions. 

Trail Directions:
From the parking lot of Trippet Ranch head up the main trail past the nature center to the left. at the first fork in the trail follow the arrow and go left. Once at the mane signed junction head left and continue on for a while to the Eagle Rock, Eagle Springs Fire Road, and Musch Trail junction. Take the trail to the right, Eagle Springs Fire Road. The fire road go beneath Eagle Rock and window up to Hub Junction. Once at Hub Junction, there is a bathroom and trashcans. Take a look at the large map of the park and continue right down the Temescal Ridge Fire Road. In 0.7 mile there is a signed trail to the left, Take the backbone trail a very short distance to a small trail to the left leading up through the brush to Temescal Peak. There are two poles sticking out the top and are visible from the trail below. 

Other Activities:
Hiking
Walking
Trail Running
Mountain Bikes
Dogs are NOT allowed on trails and fire road in Topanga State Park!!! FOLLOW THE RULES!
Camping (Musch Campgrounds)
Horseback Riding
Picnic/ BBQ

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Jessie's Thoughts:
Like all the trails in this canyon this was a great trail, I recommend it for families with young  children. This is a great easy hike and the trail to the summit is extremely easy. 

Map:

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