The mid-point of the loop is almost exactly at the 1.5 mile mark. The trail bears left, but continue straight instead to the steady hum of grasshoppers. Continue north 2.6 miles to the small Dean Spur Trail, connecting from the east. Females and immature birds are mainly grey-brown with a light-colored belly.

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Calochortus plummerae is a species of mariposa lily known by the common name Plummer's mariposa lily. 68.98 m Down. Continue north 2.6 miles to the small Dean Spur Trail, connecting from the east. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. The trail ends once you reach the Backbone Trail sign; take the Temescal Ridge Trail fire road to make your way back to civilization. Poison oak cover can be thick in riparian areas and along stream banks.

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To extend the hike, continue along the ridge at the southern end on Temescal Ridge Fire Road. 323.7 m Up Get offline access to the most up-to-date information, including maps, photos, directions, and official The eyes are white. Description This extremely popular trail starts at the parking area in Temescal Gateway Park and travels north along the steep-sided canyon before climbing up to Temescal Ridge Trail. This deciduous oak requires year-round access to groundwater. Near Topanga, California.

Cuscuta is a genus of about 100–170 species of parasitic flowering plants found throughout the temperate and tropical regions of the world.

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The two-striped garter snake (Thamnophis hammondii) is a species of snake in the Colubridae family.

68.94 m Up The berries were also dried and stored, then later cooked into porridge or pancakes.

Use pet shampoo while wearing rubber gloves. The fragrant leaves and stems give chaparral its characteristic fragrance. The lemonade berry occurs in both chaparral and coastal sage scrub communities.

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The coyote ( Canis latrans) is a canid native to North America. The fruits are smooth milkweed pods which split open to spill seeds along with plentiful silky hairs.

The trail can be accessed from a staging area along Via Las Palmas in Pacific Palisades via Cii Debora Spur Trail.

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Eriogonum fasciculatum is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common names California buckwheat and Eastern Mojave buckwheat. X Can be accessed from Temescal Gateway Park or Will Rogers State Park.

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Artemisia californica, also known as California sagebrush, of the Asteraceae family, is a shrub that grows in coastal sage scrub, coastal strand, chaparral, and dry foothill communities, from sea level to 800 m (2600 ft.).

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Asclepias fascicularis is a species of milkweed known by the common names narrowleaf milkweed and Mexican whorled milkweed. 1,062' Up Keep

It has dark green and glossy evergreen leaves and gray shredding bark that exposes mahogany and tan sections underneath. Descend a dirt fire road, with rolling hills all around you.

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It is native to dry slopes and in chaparral of western North America, especially California. The ridge is located east of Mandeville Canyon near San Vicente Mountain. Moonlight Hike on Temescal Fire Road Ridge to Skull Rock: Event Date/Time: 5/12/2006 from N/A to N/A Location: in PACIFIC PALISADES, CA: Event Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping Event Description: Join us for this terrific evening hike to marvel at the sunset ocean views from Temescal Ridge

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The long-eared owl (Asio otus, previously Strix otus) is a species of owl which breeds in Europe, Asia, and North America. When these birds go to hide their own acorns, they are known to check first that no other jays are watching.

It remains in some of its original range, but local populations are vulnerable to extirpation by coyotes and domestic animals.

Through this structure, dodder draws its nourishment from the host. The Californian species are commonly known collectively as California lilacs, with individual species having more descriptive common names.

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Malosma laurina is a large, rounded evergreen shrub or small tree growing 10–15 feet tall. This segment of Temescal Ridge allows biking and is a popular destination for mountain bike riders. From the PCH, head inland on Temescal Canyon Rd for 1 mile. These connect to many other roads in the area and can be combined to form very long loops, but that's another day. They will key in on easy prey such as pets and small children.

A fire road that connects from The Hub to Bent Arrow Trail and Mulholland Drive. As its distribution has been proven to be limited to one single site, it has one of the best claims to being the world's rarest butterfly.

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Heteromeles arbutifolia commonly known as toyon, is a common perennial shrub native to extreme southwest Oregon, California and Baja California.

Toyon flower are visited by butterflies. It is native to the Transverse and Peninsular Ranges and the South Coast regions of southern California. ... Temescal Ridge Trail (Fire Road 30) Intermediate.

CAUTION: Black Mustard may be toxic to horses. LENGTH 1.7 mi. Unlike the related white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), mule deer are generally more associated with the land west of the Missouri River, and more specifically with the Rocky Mountain region of North America. It is a flowering perennial sending up many thin, erect stems and bearing distinctive long pointed leaves which are very narrow and often whorled about the stem, giving the plant its common names. At 0.8 miles, you follow the east side of the ridge, entering a pleasant, shaded area. The 7 mile segment of the Backbone Trail from Temescal Ridge fire road down to Will Rogers State Historic Park is one of my favorite (mostly) downhill stretches of trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. It is a highly versatile species, whose range has expanded a midst human environmental modification.

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Mimulus aurantiacus, the sticky monkey-flower or orange bush monkey-flower, is a flowering plant that grows in a subshrub form, native to southwestern North America from Oregon to California.It is a member of the lopseed family, Phrymaceae, or, alternately, the Scrophulariaceae. If you’re in the mood for an extra challenge, just hop on one of the other connected roads in the area. apiana is widely used by Native American groups on the Pacific coast of the U.S. Temescal Peak is the highest peak in Topanga State Park, the largest state park in the Santa Monica Mountains and located within the city limits of Los Angeles.Topanga State Park is easily accessible from many directions and criss-crossed by a well-maintained network of trails. Something else? They are active at dawn, night or near dusk, using their excellent hearing and night vision to locate prey. 3.4 mi 426' Down

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Poison oak is an adaptable shrub or vine that grows in many habitats. As with other rattlesnake species, western rattlesnakes will rapidly vibrate their tails, which produces a unique rasping sound to warn intruders.

The valley oak's deeply lobed leaves assist in identification.

Remember, coyotes are wild animals. And you can see the fire road we’ve been walking on. Western gray squirrels exhibit a form of coloration known as counter shading.

 

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The American kestrel (Falco sparverius), sometimes colloquially known as the sparrow hawk, is a small falcon, and the only kestrel found in the Americas.

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Adenostoma fasciculatum (chamise or greasewood) is a flowering plant native to Oregon, Nevada, California, and northern Baja California.This shrub is one of the most widespread plants of the chaparral biome.

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The western gray squirrel (Sciurus griseus) is an arboreal rodent found along the western coast of the United States and Mexico. It exhibits sexual dimorphism in size and plumage, although both sexes have a rufous back with noticeable barring.

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Ceanothus is a genus of about 50–60 species of shrubs or small trees in the family Rhamnaceae. Frangula californica), commonly known as coffeeberry and California buckthorn, is a species of flowering plant in the family Rhamnaceae, the buckthorns. We then follow Mulholland west to the Farmer Ridge Trail which takes us back to Mulholland. Mature specimens may attain an age of up to 600 years. The Getty Fire has prompted mandatory evacuations, road closures including the 405 freeway and school closures. While there are reports of coyotes attacking and killing a person, these types of incidents are extremely rare. •

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Glaucopsyche lygdamus, the silvery blue, is a small blue butterfly native to North America. Tree squirrels undergo a complete head-to-tail molt in the spring and a rump-to-head molt in the fall. Platanus racemosa is native to California and Baja California, where it grows in riparian areas, canyons, floodplains, at springs and seeps, and along streams and rivers in several types of habitats.

588' Up Males have a dark brown cap and a black face with a brown back, a grey-blue chest and a light brown belly. It derives its name from location — being roughly in the middle of Topanga State Park. The American crow is one of only a few species of bird that has been observed modifying and using tools to obtain food.

Adventurers seeking a relatively relaxed, scenic hike will enjoy the Temescal Ridge Trail. It grows as a leafless viney plant with slender orange to yellowy stems that fasten to their host plant by means of a knobb,y root-like structure called a haustoria.

CAUTION: Coyotes may be dangerous to pets (small dogs). If your pet is leashed and you and your pet are on the trail, it is very likely that the coyote will not try to attack. Coyotes generally are not interested in confronting people, even small children.

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The California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) is a species of frog that is endemic to California.

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226' Down Indian paintbrush has similar health benefits to consuming garlic if only the flowers are eaten in small amounts and in moderation.

1,448 ft. Murphy Ranch. From the Waterfall, the run continues up the Temescal West Ridge to the Temescal Ridge Fire Road and then to Will Rogers State Park via the spectacular Will Rogers Backbone Trail with great views. In the event of a snake bite, stay calm and get to a doctor right away.

It is the only species of the genus Prunus native to the Santa Monica Mountains that divide the Los Angeles basin from the San Fernando Valley, California.

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The California tarantula is a very docile native spider. These birds have a curving crest or plume, made of six feathers, that droops forward: black in males and brown for females; the flanks are brown with white streaks. The Best Mountain Bike Trails in Orange County. Highly alkaline soils increase the selenium levels in the plants. It is all black with iridescent feathers, and from beak to tail, it measures and average 16–20 inches (almost half of which is tail!).

Ceanothus flowers are tiny and are produced in large, dense clusters. They are active hunters and will prey on mice, frogs, and other small animals. These birds wait on perches to swoop down on unsuspecting prey; they may also catch insects in flight. It is endemic to Southern California where it is found along the coast, inland hills, and some Transverse Ranges and Peninsular Ranges.It is a member of the chaparral, grasslands, and lower montane coniferous forest plant communities.

Compared with the eastern gray squirrel S. carolinensis or the eastern fox squirrel (which have been introduced into its native range), these squirrels are shy, and will generally run up a tree and give a hoarse chirping call when disturbed.

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The cougar (Puma concolor), also commonly known as the mountain lion, puma, or catamount, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas. The leaves and stems are full of volatile compounds that give it the scent. 248' Down

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Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) is a medium-sized hawk native to the North American continent and found from Southern Canada to Northern Mexico.

Prunus ilicifolia is an evergreen shrub to tree, producing edible cherries, with shiny and spiny toothed leaves similar in appearance to those of holly. It is native to the coast, California Coast Ranges, and western Transverse and Peninsular Ranges, from Mendocino County south to San Diego County.

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Corvus brachyrhynchos, American crow, is a large passerine bird species of the family Corvidae.

Many small birds feed on its fruit, and several mammals eat its twigs and bark.

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Platanus racemosa is a species of sycamore tree known by several common names, including California sycamore, Western sycamore, California plane tree, and in Spanish Aliso. • It is the largest native tree squirrel in the western coastal United States. It can be cultivated for its seeds, which are commonly used as a spice. Maintain eye contact and do all you can to appear larger.

CAUTION: If you see a lion, stop and do not run. Be sure to travel in groups when in lion country. There is limited street parking on steep, narrow streets in Pacific Palisades. This species is equipped with powerful venom, using about 20-55 percent of venom in one bite, and will defend themselves if threatened or injured. It is prized for use in native pant, water conserving, and wildlife gardens. The most usual call is CaaW!-CaaW!-CaaW!.

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The striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is an omnivorous mammal of the skunk family Mephitidae.

Mountain lion sightings are rare and there are few attacks on people. Lower Quality due to the length of video.

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The Western screech owl (Megascops kennicottii) is a small owl native to North and Central America, closely related to the European scops owl and the North American eastern screech owl.

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Dryopteris arguta, with the common name coastal wood fern, is a species of wood fern. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. 375' Down If any leaves are present, they are minute and scale-like. This one is looking towards Santa Monica Bay and Palos Verdes. 5.5 mi .

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They are usually not aggressive toward humans unless humans attempt to feed or interact with coyotes.

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Baccharis pilularis, called Coyote Brush (or Bush), Chaparral Broom, and Bush Baccharis, is a shrub in the Asteraceae that grows in California, Oregon, Baja California, and New Mexico.

Located 20 miles west-northwest of Los Angeles California. 1.4 mi away. It is a common bird found throughout much of North America.

S. It is native to the southwestern United States and Baja California in Mexico. 

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    Crotalus viridis (Common names: prairie rattlesnake, western rattlesnake, plains rattlesnake, and others) is a venomous pit viper species native to the western United States, southwestern Canada, and northern Mexico. Western rattlesnakes live on the land, but it can sometimes climb in trees or bushes. The flowers are a nectar source for butterflies and the fruits are enjoyed by many bird species including the road-runner.

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