This was my first time to Santa Ynez Canyon which is part of Topanga Canyon State Park. Started from the trail head at the end of Vereda De La Montura Street, in Pacific Palisades. The hike begins under a shady stretch of Live Oak’s, along side a small stream as it heads up to the up the Santa Ynez canyon. Nice and green here but absolutely loaded with poison oak. After an pretty easy beginning section the trail starts a long ascent and comes out from the trees, where it becomes much drier. The positive part of dry is less poison oak.
When you are close to the highest point you’ll find a little shade before the trail splits with a descent to Trippet Ranch or more incline towards Eagle Rock. We chose to head down and sat in the park at the bottom under the Oak trees for a bit before heading back the way we came. Honestly I can only enjoy looking at a parking lot for so long. On the return trip we headed up to see Eagle Rock which was definitely the highlight destination of the trip. Great views to the sea on one side and the valley on the other. After taking in the view for a bit, we reversed our path back down to where the trail split down Santa Ynez Canyon and to the original trail head.
One excursion we skipped was to the waterfall in the lower section of the trail, mostly because the creek and waterfall were bone dry.
That path we took totaled about 8 miles and I would say it met the guides rating of intermediate with ascent section. No dogs.
To get there: From PCH go east on Sunset Blvd about an half mile to Pacific Palisades. Left on Pacific Palisades then about 2.5 miles to Vereda de la Montura. Turn left and park toward the end of the street. The trail starts across from the gated community of Country Estates.
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