A single track trail between Eagle Rock and near the North end of the Fire Road #30 (the Temescal Ridge Fire Road). Many of the trails in the area are big wide open fire roads with lots of hikers and mountain bikers. This one is a very pleasant and shady walk through the chaparral that goes down into a pretty canyon and back up the other side. The only real trick to this one is getting to it as it does not start near a trailhead.Trailhead
The nearest trailhead is the Marvin Braude Mulholland State Park at the South end of Reseda Boulevard in Tarzana which has ample parking. From there you have to hike about a mile in to get to the Northern end of the Garapito Trail on the Temescal Ridge Fire Road
. From the trailhead hike up to dirt Mulholland Drive, then either turn right and continue for a quarter mile to the fire road, or turn left and take Mulholland downhill for a half mile and then turn right onto the Bent Arrow Trail which ends at the fire road at the North end of the Garapito Canyon trail. The other option is to take the Temescal Ridge Fire Road to Eagle Rock via the Hub Junction which is about a 4 mile hike and gets you to the South end of the Garapito Canyon Trail
which you can take back to make a nice loop.Hike
I hiked Garapito Canyon Trail from South to North starting at Eagle Rock. After 4 miles of fire road reflecting heat back up at me and mountain bikers flying past I really appreciated hiking on a single track trail. The sign marking the Garapito Trail on the Eagle Rock Fire Road says no bicycles, which makes sense because they'd be a real hazard on a narrow trail. I have to say that I saw more tire tracks than footprints on Garapito, but I didn't see any hikers or bikers.
From the fire road the trail starts out fairly level and traverses the North-facing ridge to the North of the fire road. The chaparral grows high along the trail and provides shade making the hike cool and pleasant. After a half mile or so the trail starts going gently downhill into the canyon. The bottom of the canyon is a little less than 2 miles from the Eagle Rock end of the trail. There is a stream bed at the bottom of the canyon which probably has water after winter rains (that is if California ever has winter rains again). There a number of large oak trees which shade the bottom of the canyon. This would be a great place to stop for a picnic lunch.
Continuing on the trail gently climbs as it follows the creek bed up the canyon towards the East. The trail passes several groves of California Sycamore trees growing in the canyon. Eventually the trail gets to the Temescal Ridge Fire Road.
There is a little more elevation gain if you take the Garapito Canyon Trail the other direction, but there are no real steep parts so it shouldn't be a problem. If you're tired of hiking on graded fire roads with mountain bikers whizzing past every few minutes then you'll like this trail.