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Best trails in Topanga State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Topanga State Park, California? AllTrails has 55 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 42 moderate trails in Topanga State Park ranging from 2.1 to 31.7 km and from 61 to 738 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
This California State park is located in Los Angeles in the community of Topanga and is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The park covers 11,000 acres stretching from Topanga Canyon to Rustic Canyon and down to the Pacific Palisades, all entirely within the City of Los Angeles, making it the largest wildland within major city limits. The park hosts 36 miles of trails and roads. Topanga State Park sits within the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains and boasts great views of open grassland, live oak, and the Pacific Ocean. The park offers excellent opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Popular trails in the park include Los Liones Canyon and and East Topanga Fire Road, Parker Mesa Overlook Trail, Santa Ynez Canyon Waterfall, and Musch Trail to Eagle Rock. The Backbone Trail also passes through the park. Mountain bikes are only allowed on fire roads such as Eagle Springs Fire Road Loop and Topanga Canyon Road. In the park you may encounter many geologic formations such as earthquake faults, marine fossils, volcanic intrusions, and various sedimentary formations. Many of the trails within Topanga State Park can be accessed from Trippet Ranch Area off of Entrada Road. Dogs are not allowed within the park.
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Map of trails in Topanga State Park
Park information
Area:
3035 hectares
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
8:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
8:00 am - dusk
Thursday
8:00 am - dusk
Friday
8:00 am - dusk
Saturday
8:00 am - dusk
Sunday
8:00 am - dusk
Contact
310-455-2465
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Top trails (55)
#1 - Temescal Canyon Trail
Topanga State Park
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Length: 4.7 km • Est. 1 h 46 m
Note: Users have reported that there is a $10 parking fee. If you want to start with the harder, sunnier part, start to the left on the loop trail. Beautiful scenery. Views of Malibu, Santa Monica anShow more
#2 - Los Liones Canyon and East Topanga Fire Road
Topanga State Park
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Length: 17.2 km • Est. 5 h 59 m
A moderately difficult hike in Topanga Canyon State Park. Lush greens and beautiful views make this trail a hit! A 7+ mile hike from the Pacific Palisades to a popular overlook in Topanga State ParkShow more
#3 - Paseo Miramar Trail
Topanga State Park
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Length: 7.9 km • Est. 2 h 49 m
Paseo Miramar Trail is a 7.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of Show more
#4 - Santa Ynez Canyon Waterfall Trail
Topanga State Park
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Length: 3.5 km • Est. 1 h 4 m
Santa Ynez Canyon Waterfall Trail is a 3.5 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trShow more
#5 - Los Liones Trail
Topanga State Park
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Length: 7.1 km • Est. 2 h 35 m
Los Liones Trail is a 7.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primariShow more
#6 - Musch Trail to Eagle Rock
Topanga State Park
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Length: 7.1 km • Est. 2 h 24 m
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 trShow more
#7 - Parker Mesa Overlook Trail
Topanga State Park
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Length: 11.1 km • Est. 3 h 34 m
Awesome ocean views, great picnic area, pretty canyon views This is a great hike from the Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park to the Parker Mesa Overlook. The first section of the trail meanders throShow more
#8 - Skull Rock Loop
Topanga State Park
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Length: 6.4 km • Est. 2 h 23 m
This hike is a great extension to the Temescal Canyon Trail which adds minimal elevation gain and distance, but greatly improves the experience. Take some time to explore Skull Rock and do some scramShow more
#9 - Rustic Canyon Loop Trail
Topanga State Park
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Length: 7.4 km • Est. 2 h 31 m
NOTE: Please read comments and reviews before hiking this trail. There have been recent reports of the trail being washed out and very poorly marked in the swamp. For these reasons, it is possible thaShow more
#10 - Caballero Canyon Trail
Topanga State Park
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Length: 8.2 km • Est. 2 h 43 m
NOTE: This trail is open, however there is limited parking due to COVID-19. Only the Trippet Ranch parking lot is open. Caballero Canyon is located in the San Fernando Valley off of Reseda Boulevard.Show more
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