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Best Trails in Topanga State Park

192 reviews

#8 of 490 State Parks in California

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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.

on Los Liones Canyon and Eas...
16 days ago

hiking

This used to be my go-to hike on the weekends for a quick 2 mile workout. It's a great trail (out and back), but it's gotten so busy. If you want to avoid the crowds, be there between 6:30a - 7:30a. It's a fairly narrow trail (I would categorize it as an easy hike) with a steady incline all the way up to the Parker Mesa Overlook which offers great view of the coast and city. It's exposed, so wear plenty of sunscreen on hotter days. There is plenty of parking - in lots and on the street, and it's free. If you're hiking this trail during a high traffic time, be aware of the other hikers coming up the trail behind you and stay to the right of the trail to allow others to pass. You can also continue up the trail to the fire road to extend the mileage.

on Los Liones Canyon and Eas...
19 days ago

Great breathtaking views.

on Trippet Ranch Loop East T...
27 days ago

walking

Awesome

on Los Liones Canyon and Eas...
1 month ago

hiking

Just a crush of people on a Saturday late morning/early afternoon. I've never seen the Los Liones Trail with this many people but it was a very warm, sunny day inland so the coast was the place to go. The trail was so crowded that I didn't see a single lizard on the trail. They were all scared off by the constant pounding of hiking shoes. Still one of my favorite hikes even when it's crowded. Hikers are by in large nice people to encounter. Lots of greetings exchanged.

on Los Liones Canyon and Eas...
1 month ago

hiking

Great hike. Views are spectacular. Gets your heart racing!

on Trailer Canyon Fire Road
1 month ago

hiking

Amazing views but steep long incline.

on Trailer Canyon Fire Road
1 month ago

hiking

Amazing views but steep long incline

on Los Liones Canyon and East Topanga ...
1 month ago

hiking

on Santa Ynez Canyon Waterfa...
1 month ago

Lovely walk, waterfall is dry.

on Parker Mesa Overlook Trai...
1 month ago

hiking

Amazing view and definitely a leg workout different trails you could take, will be going back for sure

on Los Liones Canyon and Eas...
1 month ago

hiking

Challenging. Fun. Breathtaking!

on Los Liones Canyon and East Topanga ...
1 month ago

Liked this trail.. Hope joined us

on Santa Ynez Canyon Waterfall Trail
1 month ago

We brought Koda.. Didn't get very far.. Waterfall was dried up

on Los Liones Canyon and Eas...
1 month ago

hiking

Great trail, challenging on a hot day! Very quiet on a Wednesday at 4pm. A big portion is on a fire road with very little shade so keep that in mind!

on Hondo Canyon: Backbone Tr...
2 months ago

Great hike. Bit hot as it's very uphill for a lot of it. More like 8.3miles round trip from old Topanga road.