Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Topanga State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Had a great time hiking this trail, it gets pretty narrow and steep at certain points, but overall it was nice. Make sure to enjoy the views at the top, you can see the entire Westside of LA.

Great seclusion, views, and not super busy for a trail right against the city, cool birdlife too.

hiking
2 days ago

The incline on the west side of the hike is harder than noted - and it’s nearly constant incline for the first mile of the hike. Be prepared for that. But it has gorgeous views and it’s an easy to follow trail.

As a beginner the initial hike up was challenging but doable (going clockwise). 100% worth it for the amazing mountain & ocean views up top. Ended up watching the sunset up there, so it was completely dark for the very last of the trail down (I used my phone flashlight). Really gorgeous views.

trail running
15 days ago

Temescal is beautiful! Lots of options to extend your run

Great hike

Ok trail but super busy. Hot and bare on the west side of the loop. Good easy going hike.

Lovely, easy to follow, well marked and gorgeous views!

trail running
25 days ago

The loop is nice, moderate in difficulty especially those new to running -- if you start the loop left, beware extremely steep upswing and a very large gauge pebble downswing; probably easier to go up right and come down left. Well kept, better for running early morning and weekdays, gets super busy weekends.

Started to the left, with an immediate uphill and amazing ocean views almost right away. Would definitely consider this a moderate hike, not easy.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! No dogs allowed :(

Hiked it today with 2 colleagues who were visiting from out of town. We parked in the lot for $10 and while we passed a few people, it wasn’t crowded. We started up to the left, which was somewhat steep, but loved the views on the way up and took a couple breaks to enjoy. Watching the sunset from the top was amazing and it was a quick, easy hike back down as we completed the loop.

This hike shouldn’t be labeled easy. It’s a great workout but not for beginners.

Great hike, but for a scandinavian this was not a category easy :))) wauw it goes up up up.

Excellent hike! Good length (took about 2 hours to complete) and moderate intensity. Go up the left side of the loop first if you want a steeper incline. The views along the way and at the top are amazing. This would be a great hike to take active out-of-town visitors. You get a great view of the ocean, Santa Monica, and the mountains. $10 to park in the park, or you can try to find street parking.

love this hike. very steep and a great place to sweat. temescal has great views and running water.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy three-mile loop with panoramic views of Los Angeles.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is one of my regular trails. It's a good uphill workout, then a nice shady downhill return on the loop. I usually go left (the west side/sunny side) up what seems like the steeper incline first then return past the "waterfall" (it's barely a drip) through the shady canyon back down. There is a nice overlook at the top to reward your climb!
Dogs are not allowed on the trail, even on-leash, but I see them a lot.


Note: the address someone put below for Los Liones Dr is not for this hike, it's for the Los Liones Trail (a few miles away.) This hike begins inside the state park at Temescal Canyon Rd and Sunset Blvd. Some street parking is available on Sunset with a short connector trail into the State Park.

Pretty easy hike, about two hours at a normal pace. But you get your heart rate up for about half an hour of it towards the middle as you climb a few hundred feet.

Fun trail but it does get crowded on the weekends.

Though it’s an Easy hike it was strenuous for this 60 year old but much appreciated. Not too crowded and the sounds of the city are far away.

Amazing views

on Temescal Canyon Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail many times. Provides opportunity for a good challenging workout or leisurely stroll. Perfect for beginners or folks who want to introduce hiking to someone.

Great place to train, if you go early enough you can bypass the crowd that starts to come in around 9am.

Great hike, beautiful and a little challenging. Great address to put in for parking:
580 Los Liones Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, United States

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail to get a working run in. Downside is this trail is always busy.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with nice ocean views at the top. There waterfall has been dry for sometime according to a local. Signage is not good.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Probably the best trail I’ve ever been on. The dry desert side pretty steep and a bit challenging once you come around the loop it’s all greenery and water falls it’s pretty amazing !! Definitely recommend !

hiking
6 months ago

Great views of the city!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike for families and kids. We did an out and back 4 mile hike with our 9 and 4 year old daughters. They enjoyed it but got a little hot around 11am. Check out our video.

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