|Trail to waterfall from Temescal Gateway Park, Pacific Palisades, CA|
|A map provides a guide to several trails that branch off from the park.|
|Nasturtiums have gone wild along the shady forest floor.|
|Elderberries and other plants along the path. Chapparal covers the upper slopes of the canyon.|
After walking along under an archway of ancient trees and passing a shaded picnic area, the path narrowed and began to climb, opening up to provide a view of the top of the canyon. A variety of summer flowers were in bloom and elderberries were ripening in the sun. A red-tail hawk soared overhead.
|The history of Temescal Canyon goes back to the early days of Pacific Palisades.|
We were running out of time so stopped just short of the waterfall–which in summer is barely a trickle–and retraced our steps back to the parking lot. Had we continued, we would have crossed a small bridge and returned to the beginning of the trail on the other side of the creek. Next time we’ll start earlier, and do the full loop! Or, perhaps, try one of the other trails into the park.
|The branches of a California live oak are thick with age.|
For directions and a description of the hiking options in Temescal Canyon click HERE.