Las Lomas is a spur trail near Temescal Ridge Trail. Starting at Temescal Gateway Park, Temescal Ridge Trail quickly winds up the canyon before leveling off at the ridge. The trail offers a steep, challenging hike that provides sweeping views of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Santa Monica Bay, and the Los Angeles basin. It is also the route to the iconic outcropping, Skull Rock. To extend the hike, continue along the ridge at the southern end on Temescal Ridge Fire Road.
The trail can be accessed from Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades. From the PCH, head inland on Temescal Canyon Rd for 1 mile. Continue past Sunset Blvd to enter the park. From the main parking lot, follow the park road. Keep left at the fork and trail will be on the left after 100 ft.
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I started on the El Medeo trail and made my way downhill on Los Lomas. This was difficult--steep with poor footing. I slipped on my back at one point and slipped and slid the rest of the way. This is not for senior citizens like me, but I made it. The trail opens out to a meadow area, really attractive and since it is not frequented much by human beings, home to interesting wildlife. In wandering around the meadow in its darkest corners, I surprised two great horned owls. This made the difficult passage worth doing. Also the insect life and the flora were attractive. After about an hour I made my way out following the same route that brought me there. This time it was strangely less difficult. In short, the upper reaches of the trail at least are hard going--not for the unfit--but certainly worth doing once. Don't worry, I will recover.