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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.

Free parking, great views

Amazing views. It was nice to hike after the rain. So clear and green! Did the 10+ mile hike moderate intensity some parts of incline were steep but lots of decline and flat paths.

Beautiful views! Quite easy for the first half. Becomes moderately intense ascending up the second half, but there are lengths of flat trail and even some decline in between for a nice little break from the increased grade (for the 10+ mi).

Really nice quick hike. Lots more trail available if you desire.

Great hike. It is worth noting that the descent down from Parker Mesa is pretty perilous in some spots, and generally steep. There was also a point at which we were unsure where the trail was. This section of trail, though, is surely a beautiful sight.

trail running
10 days ago

Started at topenga state park, the hike from there goes down into the canyon. Beautiful views from the top, nice and shady at the bottle with big trees and shade. The "waterfall" was more like a dripping faucet even with all the rain recently. Passed a handful of other hikers, not crowded for a beautiful Sunday. Light rock scrambling to get to the "waterfall".

We started off in Topanga and headed down to Pacific Palisades through this trail. If you start up in Topanga at Trippet Ranch, the hike is easy, downhill, and very relaxing. We've never tried going up but it seems like it would be quite the workout. As you head down, you're faced with beautiful views from mountain to ocean. A great trail, and a prefect shortcut when you'd rather walk and avoid PCH!

Easy, beautiful stroll through the Santa Ynez Canyon. As you get closer to the trickling waterfall, you'll be faced with many rocks, from pebbles to small boulders. Some may find these tricky to maneuver but I found them fun and one of the best parts! The waterfall is small but usually very quiet. It feels like a secluded, hidden gem once you get back there. Definitely a place to go to when you need a break from all the craziness in the world. I love this spot :)