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“Beautiful”

Temescal Gateway Park
Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful hike, easy for beginners. Some steep areas. Beautiful scenery. The drought has dried up the waterfall but still worth the trip

1  Thank CrossfitCornerstone
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

I used to live just next door to this place so I know every inch of this place. You forget how beautiful a place is until you move away. I visit here about 4 or 5 times a year and every season is different. You're most likely run into snakes in the spring. Winter is very green and beautiful with the waterfall rushing and the creek really flowing, especially after a rain. Summer is very dry here but still beautiful with sycamores and native chaparral still green. Fall you see a little color as the sycamores lose their leaves but nothing beautiful like the East Coast. The hike can be 20 miles or 2.5 miles depending on which trail you take. It connects to the Topanga State Park and the Backbone Trail so it can go on for miles. Overall, I love this place and have been bringing my 12 year old daughter with me lately. She loves this place too.

3  Thank Don K
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

It takes about 30-45 minutes to summit if you are a moderate hiker and keep a good pace. It is a workout! Mix between packed dirt and loose rocky terrain so wear real sneakers. Do not go on this hike without water. Wear sunscreen, lots of direct sun exposure. There are breath-taking views every 5 minutes on the way up and the peak offers a 360 view of Santa Monica, Malibu, vineyards, and LA. Bring your camera, you will want to take many pictures. You'll see beautiful flowers, hummingbirds and lizards along the way.

This trail isn't as busy as Runyon Canyon, not nearly as many dogs and you don't need to get dressed up either for this one. (you know what I mean if you've been to Runyon). The views are far more impressive also.

The park is pretty big and there are lots of trails to explore. Great spots around the base for picnicking, sunbathing, or frisbee.

Clean bathroom facilities available.

Costs $7 to park, you must pay with cash. Abide all stops signs and the speed limit!!! There are cameras at all stops, you WILL get a big ticket if you aren't careful. Enjoy!!

3  Thank Laura R
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Reviewed August 31, 2008

I went to Temescal Gateway Park today, Sunday, August 31st, 2008. It costs $5 to park, and you have to use a self paying envelope.

The Park itself is small but very beautiful. There are plenty of places to rest and enjoy a picnic in a scene that seems far away from usual LA city life.

There are a few trails to choose from, all of which end up connecting in some way. The hike we chose today was going up the trail that leads towards the waterfall. It is a little over a mile to the waterfall.

The trail was good for amateurs and it winded through the canyon along a dried up creek.

The waterfall was non-existent, as expected, but the hike was still very nice. I wanted to go further (at which point the trail suddly got much steeper) but I was losing daylight (and was with my sisters, hence good for amateurs ;).

You can look at my pictures to see what kind of scenery to expect. There is a great view if you take a longer trail or go further down the trail we chose.

(I'll be there in the Spring)

3  Thank Kashberry
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Reviewed January 27, 2006

A hike into nature a short drive from Santa Monica. A little short on shade, but nice. There's even a waterfall in a loop hike

1  Thank meimei421
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