Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

hiking
1 month ago

I usually extend this hike by continuing onto Mulholland Dr. Not much shade.

A there and back again trail. No shade, great views, perfect for runners and mountain bikers, though the latter should look out for cracks in the road here and there.

There were some beautiful views, and I might go back on an overcast day. There's zero shade, but there are a number of trail offshoots to extend your hike if you wish. There were tons of mountain bikers, and I bet this road is great for that, as it's a mild climb, but with my dogs on foot it was a bit distracting.

Nothing too exciting, but a nice quick loop. Trail seems to be mostly repaired since previous reviews (one slightly overgrown section).

More of a road than a trail when you start

Ran here a week after the rains and trail was pretty torn up. There was a “trail closed” sign 8 miles in that I ignored. Lots of rocks, hard on the feet. Most of the elevation gain was at the last 5 mile stretch. The best trail I never want to run again!

Not a great trail but not bad. There was tons of dog poop on the trail and very little shade. We went at 10am in January and it was still too hot in the sun for my dog. It’s 2 stars for dogs but 3 stars for people. You can hear the traffic from the 405 freeway and you can look right into peoples’ (multi-million) backyard. We went out only 2 miles so I think the city landscape lessens. But I like trails where you immediately feel hundreds of miles away from LA.

hiking
8 months ago

For anyone wishing to help out with repairing/restoring this trail, the California State Parks - Park Champions Program - is seeking volunteers for the morning of Jan 27, 2018. Go to Calparks.org and look for volunteer opportunities at this park/trail and others. http://www.calparks.org/help/park-champions/

the loop was cool, we went up the the more southern mountain, which was much harder! Not much of a view on the southern mountain. Once you reach the fire road, there isn't much motivation to keep going, but then we found the other part to the loop and were in love. Nice views, you can see the ecino reservior, and there some large boulder to hang out on.

trail running
10 months ago

This trail is not in great shape - half of it has ruts in the ground. Some of the ruts span the width of the trail making them tough to avoid. The views from the top are great and I like the challenging elevation but I'll look for better trails than this one.

on Greenbriar Trail

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nice trail but no shade cover. I saw exactly four people. Nice views of the valley.

hiking
Friday, May 12, 2017

As soon as we started walking on the trail we started hearing rattling which happens sometimes but it quickly got louder and louder and sounded like multiple snakes were slithering towards us so we ran as fast as we could out of there. There are NO rattlesnake signs from the start of where this map leads you.

Mostly fire roads. One section single track that was really nice. Trail map is wrong to cut over to Rustic Canyon trail. Added a photo of the actual trail map showing the connection trail.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

It was OK a little too much sun kids got tired fast because of the heat but the views were great.

hiking
Friday, March 31, 2017

Just an added note on the side trip to the Vanalden Cave. There is poison oak adjacent to the trail as you approach the cave area so keep an eye out.

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Did a side trip from Mulholland to Vanalden Cave. There is an Alltrails track (Vanalden Cave Trail) going to the cave from the end of Reseda. I used that track to get an idea where the side trail intersected Mulholland. It's a short way to the cave but difficult. Grades are in the 20% range for much of it and the hiking is challenging due to significant ruts. The cave, although interesting, has lots of graffiti and broken glass. Not a side trip I'd do again, but it was interesting as a one off.

hiking
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Not easy! The trail uphill (counter-clockwise loop) is technically challenging due to ruts. There are easier ways to get similar views of the valley and canyons leading up to Mulholland. If however you're looking for a challenge in the west valley...this is your trail.

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Great hiking trail for kids! The path is wide and the elevation gain is minimal. With all the rain we've had, the hills are a beautiful green. Go early enough and you can enjoy the beautiful landscape dusted with a shimmering dew. So beautiful.
As others have mentioned, watch out for mountain bikers and trail runners. There are a lot. Everyone we encountered on the trails today was super friendly!

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Went with 3 kids (ages 4,7,11). The 4 year old got a little tired, so she was carried for a small uphill portion. Overall, a doable hike for kids.
No shade.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

my first time up here and I brought my two sons 8 and 6 years old not to easy for them but not too difficult

hiking
Monday, March 14, 2016

Just did this trail again after some rain over the weekend. This section of Mulholland stood up to the rain very well. There was one short section of standing water but there still was a dry path around the mud. As expected the panoramic views were very nice. Photos don't really do the view justice. A few batches of wildflowers. There were a lot of belly flowers (flowers you need to get down on your belly to really see). They did cover good sized areas but are so small that they just add some color to the grass.

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