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Best Parks in Pacific Palisades, California

Temescal Gateway Park

Temescal Gateway Park:
A Historical and Natural Oasis in the Heart of Pacific Palisades

Visit Pacific Palisades California
Visit Pacific Palisades California
Visit Pacific Palisades California

Nestled in the lush Santa Monica Mountains, Temescal Gateway Park is a natural paradise that offers visitors an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Temescal Gateway Park

15601 Sunset Blvd
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 454-1395

Spanning 141 acres of oak and sycamore canyons, ridgetop views, and miles of trails, Temescal Gateway Park is a popular destination for hikers, nature lovers, and families looking to spend some quality time outdoors.

Dating back to 1922, Temescal Gateway Park has a rich history that adds to its allure. Originally a nationally known Chautauqua, the park was designed to provide visitors with a place to come together and explore topics related to religion, education, and culture. Over the years, the park has evolved to become a beloved natural oasis in the heart of Pacific Palisades.

One of the park's biggest draws is its access to miles of trails that wind through Topanga State Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park, and the 20,000-acre "Big Wild." Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a novice, you'll find trails that suit your skill level and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The trails range from easy to moderate, and they provide a great opportunity to get some exercise and fresh air while soaking up the beauty of nature.

In addition to hiking, Temescal Gateway Park offers plenty of other activities for visitors to enjoy. The park features picnic tables and grassy areas that are perfect for a leisurely lunch or a family outing. There are also restrooms, meeting rooms, an auditorium, and classrooms that can be rented for events or educational purposes.

Temescal Canyon Trail: A Scenic Hiking Trail in Temescal Gateway Park

For hikers looking for a scenic and moderately challenging trail, Temescal Canyon Trail is a must-visit destination in Temescal Gateway Park. Starting at the park, hikers can access the trail from either Temescal Ridge Trail, which is 1.5 miles long, or a MRCA trail that is only 0.5 miles long. Connecting all the trails together creates a beautiful loop that is perfect for a day of hiking.

The lower part of the trail takes hikers through a picturesque wooded canyon floor. Along the way, they can look out for a waterfall when crossing the bridge at the bottom of the canyon. As the trail continues, it gradually climbs up to a ridge that is closer to Temescal Ridge Trail, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

To access the trail, visitors can start from the main parking lot of Temescal Gateway Park and follow the park road. At the fork, they should keep left and continue for a short distance until they see Temescal Ridge Trail on the left. Alternatively, hikers can continue along the park road and look for the MRCA trail on the left after passing a building.

Pacific Palisades Visitor Guide
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