This is a CO-ED event, feel free to bring spouses, friends, conquests, potential conquests and/or the person you wake up next to. All are welcome! Wear light, comfortable clothes and bring a towel, if you sweat a lot. WATER IS MANDATORY!! The hike should take about 120 minutes. Dogs are not allowed on this hike!
*** Please allow an additional 5-10 minutes for parking***
Skull Rock in the Santa Monica Mountains
Via Las Palmas
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
GPS Coordinates: 34.07631, -118.546204
About the Location:
Skull Rock sits on the shoulders of Temescal Ridge north of Temescal Gateway Park, delivering broad views over Santa Monica Bay. The head-shaped sandstone formation can be reach as an extension of Temescal Canyon Loop, bringing the hike to 3.8 miles. Skull Rock is perched an elevation of 1,500 feet and the trailhead is at approximately 1,550 feet, but this is not a gradual downhill hike because in the between, the trail rises to 1,725 feet. The hike climbs to the spine of Temescal Ridge from the west, before dropping down to Skull Rock.
The makeup of the trail at the start is rather unique. A concrete road switches up a steep slope composed of numerous drainage ditches. As you leave the affluent development off Palisades Drive, views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains expand. After 0.2 miles, the concrete ends and there is dirt to tread on for the duration.
From Santa Monica – From Sunset Boulevard, half a mile east of PCH, head north on Palisades Drive. After 3.3 miles, continue straight on Chastain Parkway for another half a mile. Turn right on Via Las Palmas, and drive two short blocks up to the trailhead parking on the left. The trail will be on the right.
GPS: 34.07631, -118.546204
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From November 02, 2014 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Save to calendar
Posted by Michelle Johiro
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Categories: METal Sunday Hikes