Located in the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park features 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The park is located entirely within the Los Angeles city limits and is considered the worlds largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city. Excellent recreational opportunities for hikers as well as mountain bikers (restricted to fire roads) and equestrians. The park is bound on the south by Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, on the west by Topanga Canyon, and on the east by Rustic Canyon. Numerous geologic formations can be found in the park, including earthquake faults, marine fossils, volcanic intrusions, and a wide variety of sedimentary formations. Dogs are not allowed on the park trails, fire roads, or in the back country.
Beautiful Trail. Basic dirt fire route for most of it. Tough to believe you're just minutes away from Santa Monica/Venice when you're on the trail. Then, at the end, you're reminded of it in the most beautiful way when you get to the top and see the view of the ocean and city. 4 stars only because you can see houses and highways for too much of the trek. Though again, for LA, it's an excellent, quick escape.
Kate E. on Parker Mesa Overlook Trail
Love this hike. There are beautiful ocean views on a clear day.
Perfect loop. Timing = 1h47mn. I highly recommend to start the loop by the right. The first half is under the sun ( best early in the morning ) the way back is in the forest with a lot of shadow.
J'ai adoré cette randonnée, je vous recommande de débuter cette boucle en partant vers la droite, en effet, toute cette première partie et sans aucune ombre. Il est préférable de débuter par cette portion. Le retour après la jonction d'Eagle Rock par la forêt, un petit chemin serpente dans une végétation luxuriante.
I really like this hike. Probably one of my favorites and go-to's in LA. The shorter route is a great quick up and back down in less than an hour while working up a sweat. Very dusty trail. I wear trail shoes versus my regular workout shoes. And the view at the top is always a nice treat. Definitely can get really busy on the weekends. Go early morning or later afternoon.
It's fine. As others have noted, waterfall is dried up. Reminds me on an east coast hike - ticks, bees, frogs, you name it, they are lurking in the bush - we even saw some deer! Quiet trail, you'll pass people but not a ton. This would be a good group hike. I also wouldn't go too late in the day as I imagine it gets dark quickly.
I had a great 1st experience with this hike!
The Trailer Canyon Fire Road is easily accessible -- take a right on Michael Ln. and follow the road about 0.5 miles till you come up on the fire road junction to your left. Because the area is residential, you can park along the street and follow the fire road to the trailhead.
The hike offers great views of the Topanga Canyon and the ocean. The hike is a steady uphill, with occasional areas that are fairly flat. There is not much shade, but the hillside can provide some shade if you leave early enough in the morning. If you're leaving later in the day when the sun is out, I definitely recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen, and a couple of water bottles.
Additionally, the hike is dog-friendly as long as your best friends are on-leash and you pick up after them. If you're leaving later in the day, I would recommend bringing some water for your pooch since they will probably need to rehydrate a few times along the ascent. The only disadvantage to this hike is that dogs are only allowed up until you reach the entrance to the Topanga State Park.
All in all, I believe it is a great hike that provides you with good physical exercise and an opportunity for some great views!
Lor L. on Parker Mesa Overlook Trail
First time to do hiking here but it's really worth it.
Hot at mid day
Lots of shaded hiking
Strenuous for the less experienced hiker
Mixture of meadows, forest and scrub.
Great view at the top
Cool rock formations
Poorly marked trail head
Well marked trail once found
Parking on side of road no cost
No park amenities