By James Gorman

GPS: 34°07'N 118°25'W

Located between Malibu and Beverly Hills, this 22-acre (9-hectare) parcel of wildland may be the most valuable park in the country. But for now, no Hollywood mogul manses or rehab centers blight the prime real estate surrounding 2,126-foot (648-meter) Temescal Peak. Everyone hikes the seven-mile (eleven-kilometer) circuit from Trippet Ranch to Eagle Rock, which is why you should opt for the 14-mile (23-kilometer) out-and-back from Trippet up Hondo Canyon to Saddle Peak, with its meadows, stream crossings, and blockbuster views of the Pacific. The ten-mile (sixteen-kilometer) backcountry trail will also lose any Vinnie Chase-style entourage.

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Originally published in the April 2008 edition of National Geographic Adventure

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