Rustic Garapito Loop is an 8.2 mile trail and that has an elevation gain of 1500 ft. If you value stunning views of metropolitan Los Angles and the mountains of Topango State Park then it’s worth the effort.
To begin the journey you need to drive to the far end of Reseda Boulevard and the entrance to the Mulholland Gateway Park.
The first part of the walk takes you up 380ft for a great view of the city below. The above view was captured in early evening with the sunsetting in the distance.
Descend from this initial high point on an easy to walk path
It’s then up again on the longest climb of the trail, 830ft. However the views are worth it. The Santa Monica Mountains provide a place of nature so close to one of the world’s iconic homes to materialism. It is such a contrast up here to the rat race below.
It’s time to think about life
The mist covering the mountains is quite spectacular. It’s not city smog that covers the Topanga National Park, but the early morning mist. What a great place for a picnic or just to gather your thoughts. It’s time to forget life’s daily problems and admire nature’s power and beauty.
The rustic garapito loop trail is named after the Spanish word for Tick insect. This path was trodden in February and there were no signs of tick bites at the end.
The whole journey with stops for rest and a picnic took just over five hours. However, the walking time was only three hours 49 minutes. You have, therefore, to look at this trail as a whole day out. If you value outdoor exercise in a magnificent setting then it’s definitely worth it.
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