Tuna Canyon Trails

EASY 2 reviews

Tuna Canyon Trails is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Topanga, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles 141 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Tuna Canyon Park provides a number of easy trails. Some of the easiest hikes to excellent ocean views in the Santa Monica Mountains. This area is popular with local residents, lots of dog walking.

5 months ago

Did this area again on a day that was climbing into the 100s in the valley. At a nearby resident I noticed the outside temperature was 92. The only thing that kept the hike from being totally miserable was the breeze. Even it wasn't as cool as normal but it still mitigated the sun. I avoided any real climbs and carried a lot of water. I still rate the hike a 5 because you can't discount a hike because of the weather and the views are really great for minimal effort. A section of the Budwood Motorway has that unique combination of a view of both downtown and the coast. All the hikes I've done out of this trailhead are short. Combine a couple and you can get a respectable distance.

6 months ago

I took the Big Rock Motorway, Hearst Tank Motorway and adjoining trails maybe a decade or more ago when walking a dog of a nearby resident. Dog walking on these trails was very popular with locals back then. Recently returned on a Sunday and the popularity of the area seems to have increased. A group that had exercise mats was leaving so it looked to me like they had used the area for a yoga class. A lot more people without dogs were out and about. The views from the end of the Hearst Motorway make a hike in this area very worthwhile. There is limited parking on the road although that also seems to have expanded in the intervening years. There's a spiral at the end of the Hearst Tank Motorway that has been there since I was there long ago. It's well established now with a clear spiral path created from regular use,