Summary: Lot's of birds on this fun loop hike thru the upper Arroyo Sequit tributary. Along the way you will find meadows, picnic areas, spectacular views of the Santa Monicas, lush vegetation and a waterfall in season. This is a perfect place to take the family for a picnic and a little hiking around. There is also an astronomy observatory area that is used by Santa Monica College students. This site was a former ranch and sits on 155 acres. I was the only hiker here on a Sunday afternooon.
Trailhead: From the 101 Fwy take Westlake Blvd. south to Mulholland Hwy. and turn right. On Mulholland Hwg. at mile 5.6 (roadside marker) and at address 34138 turn left into the small parking lot in front of the gate. Walk up the paved road past the ranger station to the trailhead. (Lat:34 Lon:-118)
Trail Guides for Arroyo Sequit Park:
Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Santa Monica Recreation Area (805) 370-2301
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Eric Altizer, who has posted 13 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Mike on 7/7/2012
Rating reflects that our visit was in July, on a very warm day...this would be a nicer hike in the spring. This is one of the least enjoyable hikes I've done, to be honest. There is a bit of nice scenery, but the nearby Sandstone Peak area offers 100% better views of the same territory. The road in is paved and really touches on all you need to see. The "nature trail" loop is uninteresting and requires some serious bushwhacking to get through in places. There is also poison oak down in the ravines...we felt compelled to buy some Tecnu on the way home and applied it immediately. The best thing I can say about the trail is that it's an OK workout. Someone needs to get in there with a weedeater and make the trail passable again.
Reviewed by Gone Walkabout on 8/11/2011
I went on this hike with my friend and my dog today. I followed the trail instructions from my book 'Day Hikes around Los Angeles'. The entrance to the parking lot is narrow and you may miss it. Only a few car spaces, but there was only one other car there. We wales up the paved roadmthe veered left towards the star gazing area, then followed the walking track off to the right and past the picnic tables in the grassy meadow (overgrown). I'd recommend doing the loop from this direction as the most overgrown part of the track will be downhill from this direction. Hiking up through all that brush would be difficult. The 2 ravines we crossed were badly eroded and the "wooden foot bridge" my book referenced is not there. Nice views.
Reviewed by MC on 4/23/2011
Hiked this today. Great wildflowers, lots of birds and nice vistas. Some water still in the waterfall. This park has great potential but the trail needs maintenance. It is overgrown in several areas of the nature trail. And there are decent sized rills down the path in many areas. And big dried horse hoof prints in others. The only difficult footing was at a few of the crossings. Not too dangerous but the trail needs some TLC. Like other people mentioned, we were the only people on the trail although it looked like there were some maintenance staff and/or a ranger on site. Not sure they want this to be used more. Lot has room for only 6 cars. Enjoy!
Reviewed by Frances on 1/23/2011
Very nice hike. Hiked it on a Sunday and not one other person was out. Small waterfall midway thru hike was very nice. Our dog loooved the small streams through out the hike. Would definitely hike it again!!
Reviewed by Scott on 4/5/2010
Lovely place. Amazing spring wildflowers, especially mustard and lupine. Creekbed crossings are tricky, as others have mentioned. Saw a coyote but no other people.
Reviewed by Speedingpullet on 8/18/2009
Did the hike on a tuesday afternoon and not another soul around. Most noticable was the copious amounts of scat, both on the paved road and on the trail itself - including what looked like owl casts and coyote droppings - though I'm no expert.. The trail is still washed out in two places, but constant use has made the path obvious. By mistake, I turned left at the end of the nature trail, instead of right, and ended up walking down the access road near the Shalom Institute and walking down Mulholland to get back to my car at the front gate. All in all, a very nice hike. I'm not in great shape at the moment, and it took me a little over an hour, even with the detour on the paved road.
Reviewed by Ken on 8/23/2008
Didn't see another SOUL out there, which was nice. The washouts are a bit tricky. Don't go with Grandma. Short hike. Steep in spots.
Reviewed by MV on 8/4/2008
Hiked it early August. No waterfall obviously this time of year. No other hikers seen on trail. Beware that the trail is washed out in two sections due to large storm a couple of years ago, which makes for a few small ravines that need to be crossed which increase the difficulty slighly. Nice trail, would do it again in late winter or early spring to see the waterfall.
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