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.
Nice trail. I did it counterclockwise. The hardest part of the trail is in the canyon but even that isn't bad. Lots of shade but much of the fire road areas are full sun. Not a lot of traffic at all. Take some time and check out eagle rock and cathedral rocks. They are not on the trail but very close.
I always love this trail...the path itself is very well maintained and comfortable to walk on, and the ocean views are beautiful when the weather permits. Definitely a moderate hike, the difficulty level is perfect for bit of a challenge without pushing it too far.
Fantastic workout! We did the 10+ mile option. This was the first time we hiked this trail and found the trail markers to be a bit confusing and sometimes unclear once we ventured further than the 7mi loop. This left us guessing a little but overall it wasn't a huge issue. The weather was perfect and views spectacular.
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.