nature trips




wild flowers

trail running


no dogs


kid friendly

mountain biking

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.

18 hours ago

1 day ago

It isn't really easy...more like moderate in my opinion...1,300 ft of elevation gain after all.

trail running
4 days ago

Long run...

Hiked this trail midweek at 8:30am. Plenty of street parking and two nearby lots at that time. I parked across from the LDS church and right near trailhead. Also public restrooms close by but don't open till 8:45-9am. Hike is a mix of narrower path and then opens up to a fire road. Shade for first 15-30 minutes. Then direct sun but ocean views. Steep the entire time for the 2 miles I hiked. I had to stop a few times to catch my breath but I was also chatting entire time with a friend. Turned back after 2 miles and ran into a lot more people on the way down. Street was also a lot more full with cars by the time I ended around 10:15am.

This is by far one of my favorite hikes and it was awesome....

This is my absolute favorite trail. The first part takes you to a bench that oversees the ocean and city is perfect for all ages. Continue up the trails to get an intense workout and you'll eventually run into the Temecula Trail. Good for hiking, trail running, and quite the workout! Highly recommend this trail!