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This is a paved flat trail with generally a lot of traffic. Maybe not a locals favorite but definitely I nice low key thing to do when Visitors come into town. It's cool to go from Santa Monica to Venice and see all the artsy crazy that comes with that. I've lived here for about 7 years and have rented a bike to ride along this trail maybe 3 times?
Brian R. on Topanga Canyon Loop
There are a lot of option, but it is a tough trail with little to no shade. I see some crazy bikers going up the hill and can't imagine how it's possible. Great workout , good views, but pretty crowded and not very diverse views
The map here makes it seem like you would walk along the bike path that stretches along the beach. It's paved and very flat but usually windy - which adds an obstacle (the wind typically blows from the north). Alternatively you can walk along the ocean or also climb up to the bluff like the title of this hike suggests. It's a beautiful oceanfront stroll either way.
Beautiful hike. Went for a hike up the canyon before a day at the beach and couldn't have asked for a better hike. Lots of wildlife and a variety of scenery ranging from grassy fields to mountain views. Some portions may be difficult for children, but altogether very manageable.
There was light traffic here and the views of the beach from the top were terrific! There are plenty of hills to work your calves and a cute little waterfall towards the end of the loop. Dogs are allowed, but only on leashes. Be weary of the park rangers issuing tickets if they are running free!