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Rustic Canyon Trail

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 2.4 (7)

A trail from Murphy's Ranch.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Point to Point

624' 190 m

High

314' 96 m

Low

317' 97 m

Up

112' 34 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Birding · Cave · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the trailhead at Murphys Ranch, go south and continue on the right side of the trail. The first mile of the Rustic Canyon Trail is mostly dry, but there could be running water after rain.

The trail has not been well maintained and consequently, there are fallen trees, lots of roots and rocks. Be prepare to climb over big obstacles. Also a hot spot for rattlesnakes!

From mile 1, the trail will lead to a small running river, but this is mostly walkable with ankle deep water (be careful after a rain storm, as water level might be higher). The stream brings down lots of roots and loose rock in this section, so watch your footing or you'll get wet!

At mile 2, look for the "End Trail" sign. Head to the right and continue up to the trail. Be sure to stay on the trail for this part, as it traverses close to private property and farmhouses. The trail will end at the east side of Will Rogers State Park.

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Abandoned buildings.
Jun 20, 2015 near Santa M…, CA
Spotted a deer a Camp Josepho
Sep 23, 2015 near Topanga, CA
Murphy Ranch
Sep 23, 2015 near Santa M…, CA

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Apr 21, 2019
Ted Kaufmann
Rustic Canyon Trail almost unuseable, be prepared to get wet
Oct 21, 2018
Amanda Rosenblum
Did Backbone Trail and Rustic Canyon. The last half mile was so brushy it took me an hour. My difficulty rating applies to the southern section only. 6.6mi — 4h 00m
Oct 28, 2015
Lani Hiller