Santa Ynez Canyon / Trippet Ranch / Musch Trail Loop/Eagle Rock Loop
Distance: 10.54 miles
Elevation gain: 2,205 ft
This run begins in the Santa Ynez Canyon in Palisades Highlands. The run takes you through a canyon and then up the rugged and moderately steep Santa Ynez Canyon Trail to the Santa Ynez Fire Road and down to Trippet Ranch where there are bathrooms and drinking fountains. From Trippet Ranch we take the scenic Musch Trail back up to the Santa Ynez Fire Road and proceed to Hub Junction via Eagle Rock. The course returns past the Musch Trail via Eagle Springs, and we continue and then descend the Santa Ynez trail to the finish.
When the views are clear, make sure to add the short detour up onto Eagle Rock, this is a prominent sandstone pinnacle in Topanga State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains, California. The original name is “Elephant Rock” as the huge sandstone outcropping looks like an Elephant head when viewed from the north side.
Marker: Alex G