Trippet Ranch Loop Plus Temescal Peak and Temescal Lookout

Eagle Rock, Clouds and Sun. Photography by Gary Valle'
Eagle Rock

There are many ways to extend the 12.5-mile Trippet Ranch Loop. A couple of my favorites are the Trippet Ranch Loop Plus Parker Mesa Overlook (18.6 miles) and Trailer Canyon – Santa Ynez Canyon – Trippet Ranch Loop (17.2 miles) trail runs.

Runners descending Cathedral Rocks in Topanga State Park (thumbnail)
Runners descending Cathedral Rocks, near the Hub

Lately, I’ve been doing another option — adding an out and back from the Hub to Temescal Peak and Temescal Lookout and then continuing on the Trippet Ranch Loop from the Hub.

This extends the run to about 16 miles, plus Temescal Peak and Temescal Lookout are excellent viewpoints (video).

That’s the run I did this morning, plus a quick stop at Cathedral Rocks (near the Hub) along the way.

Here is a 3D terrain view of a GPS track of the Trippet Ranch Loop Plus Temescal Peak and Temescal Lookout trail run.

Some related posts:
Seventh Wettest Water Year Results in Spring-Like Scenery Along L.A. Area Trails
Out and Back Trail Run from the Top of Reseda to Parker Mesa Overlook
Trailer Canyon – Santa Ynez Canyon Trail – Trippet Ranch Loop
Garapito Trail Runs
Popular Trails in Topanga State Park Damaged by Winter Storms

Chumash – Las Llajas Loop Plus

Coquina Mine Trail/Marr Ranch Trail Connector
Coquina Mine Trail/Marr Ranch Trail Connector

In this case the “Plus” is an alternate finish to the counterclockwise Chumash – Las Llajas Loop.

Working on the trail that connects the Coquina Mine Trail and Las Llajas Canyon to the Marr Ranch Trail. (Thumbnail)
Working on the trail that connects the Coquina Mine Trail (and Las Llajas Canyon) to the Marr Ranch Trail.

This variation bypasses the last couple of miles of Las Lajas Canyon by using a relatively new trail that splits off the Coquina Mine Trail and connects to the Marr Ranch Trail.

It adds about 1.5 miles and a few hundred feet of elevation gain to the Chumash – Las Llajas Loop but gets you up and out of the canyon and on a ridgeline with excellent views of the surrounding terrain.

I’ve always wondered who maintains the connector trail and happened upon that person on this morning’s run.

Some related posts:
Chumash-Las Llajas Loop
Not So Flat Las Llajas Canyon
Exploring Las Llajas