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Los Angeles Hike Details

  Rustic Canyon  
Trail - Rustic Canyon
16:24 pm

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Area Los Angeles
Address 1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd., Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272
Elevation 155.00 m ( 500 ft )
Change 279.00 m ( 900 ft )
Distance 9.66 km ( 6.00 miles )
Difficulty Moderate
Special instructions   Last week's evening hike was so popular, we're going to try it again! The park closes at dusk.

Find someone else who's coming, then carpool with them.

Take Sunset Blvd. to Will Rogers, that simple. Park outside the gates for free parking. We meet in the first parking lot (just past the toll booth).

The Good  
- A great place overall, pretty, diverse terrain.
- Restrooms at the parking lot and visitor center.

The Bad  
- Dogs are not allowed on the Backbone Trail.
- Parking in the lot will be about $12 (Consider it a donation for a failing park.)
- The park closes at Sunset, including the parking lot. Though the trails remains open to pedestrians after dark.
- There is quite a lot of Poison Oak on and around the stream when completing the loop.

Where  Pacific Palisades

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This loop has the most varied terrain of any of our hikes. We start out on the fire roads, well populated by , narrowing down to a steep and shaded trail. Then
in and out of streams, through old ruins, and lots of amazing scenery.

Takes about 3.5 hours.

This hike starts out following Inspiration Point loop up a ridge line with great views of the ocean and city below. Just past the spur that leads up to inspiration point 1.5 km (about 1 mile), you will turn onto the Backbone trail. About .5km (quarter mile) after you cross a bridge spanning a saddle, you will come to an unmarked trail on the right that drops steeply into Rustic Canyon.

Once you're at the bottom of the canyon, head left (north) towards the Camp Josepho scout camp. There are many structures in this area that are part of a Nazi camp - yeah, you read this right. A bunch of nuts thought Nazi-Germany would win - silly people!

You will see an impressive structure that used to be a power station, the generators were donated to Loyola Marymount University in the early 1970s.

At some point the trail disappears into the undergrowth. This is a good place to turn around and head back.

Though sometimes you can follow it on a loop back up to Will Rogers. The canyon narrows, forcing you to walk in the stream bed. Take the trail to the right once the canyon flattens out again.
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Hike Dates
Past hikes
Aug 14th, 2011        Sep 12th, 2010        Nov 23rd, 2008        Aug 3rd, 2008        Apr 27th, 2008        
Oct 21st, 2007        May 13th, 2007        Oct 9th, 2005        

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