Musch Trail to Eagle Rock

MODERATE 19 reviews

Musch Trail to Eagle Rock is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Topanga, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.5 miles 958 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Musch Trail to Eagle Junction 2.0 miles; 2.5 miles to Eagle Rock. Trail is out and back, but you may catch the Topanga fire road down to make a loop back to the trail head, or to connect with other trails to lengthen your adventure. Dogs are not permitted.

camping
1 month ago

Topanga state park tent camping
Santa Monica tent camping
Malibu tent camping

I hope this post helps people find this campsite, since it was difficult for me.

It's right off the pacific coast highway about 5 miles. Take topanga canyon road then entrada way. Even once you get to the trail head/parking lot there still isn't too much info.

But if you start on the musch trail, it is paved at the beginning, then you'll go up 75-100 yards and then take a right on to a dirt hiking trail. This will take you up into the park a ways until you come to a T on the trail. On the right there is a sign that says "musch meadow trail." Go to the right for about 100 yards until you get to the bathrooms that serve the campground. The place is used for horses so you'll see a couple corrals by the sites. The whole hike is 1 mile from start to finish. Takes about 20 minutes.

The campsite is first come, first serve. There are 6 sites. The number of each site is on a flat number on each picnic table. $7 a night, no more than 3 nights. Bring exact change. Plus $10 for day use fee that is payed at the parking lot. The Rangers do check.

Perfect place to stay for cheap and still hit up the beach every day.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail that will give you a good workout. I start at Eagle Rock (fairly wide trail, quite a few fitness peeps going up and down) and it's a steady incline up to Musch Trail - you can choose to continue up Eagle Rock to the top for some beautiful views and go up and back, but I like to take Musch trail going down, it's narrower and offers a bit of shade and less traffic. This is a fun loop hike, but try to go early on hotter days as there's not much coverage. Adults and kids can do this trail. Parking is free if you can find it on the residential streets, otherwise it's $7-$10 in the parking lots.

hiking
2 months ago

Well maintained trail took advantage of the shaded chaparral and went up to the Eagle rock which provided a panoramic view !!! read people's inspirational notes or write yours to be shared

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

make sure you make it up to Eagle Rock, just past the end of the marked trail...

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Hike is great. Just be careful of the heat. Try to go early in morning. And pay for parking to give back to our park system. :)

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Incredibly beautiful. Took our 5 year old and our 3 month old and still managed. There's some parts that get a little steep, but they're manageable. Not sure if it's because it's spring but the views were absolutely breathtaking.

11 months ago

Fun trail with some nice shade.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Mostly sunny trail - some spots of shade - and lovely views. Bonus: restroom facilities at the campsite about a mile in.

hiking
1 year ago

Amazing view

mountain biking
1 year ago

No dogs allowed because it is bad for the wilderness? Try not bulldozing the backcountry and building houses there. Nanny nanny boo boo, stick your head in doo-doo. :p

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail and an awesome workout. A perfect hike up with different stages of difficulties. Loops back to a fire road that' returns to the trailhead and the parking lot at the bottom... I do it all the time. It gets really hot in the summer so be advised!

hiking
2 years ago

This is a popular trail starting with the Musch Meadow horseback trail to the Eagle Trail Junction. A short hike up to Eagle Rock is well worth the climb. A pair of large hawks have taken up residence nearby. There is a fire road that' leads back to the trailhead. The parking rate is $10.

hiking
3 years ago

Nice easy hike. Good for kids but leave your strollers in the car.

hiking
3 years ago

Shaded, beautiful trail and one of my favorites around Santa Monica mountains. The trail path is narrow, curves in and out of woods; so it doesn't feel like you are walking on a dirt road. To make it a loop, you can start with Musch, go up to Eagle Rock and then come back down via the fire road (which is the Eagle Spring Trail)

I have hiked this one on a misty dewy morning, when it turned out to be one of my favorite hikes and on a sunny crazy hot day, when I just wanted the hike to end.

Foot traffic is higher on the fire-road, so you can escape the crowd if you stick with Musch.

hiking
3 years ago

Nice trail took the fire road to the mush trail. There are two ways to this trail see map at park before hike. Wanted to go up eagle rock will have to do another day. To avoid the $10 parking fee park on street before entering park. Shade comes and goes so wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water!