Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Beautiful trail!

hiking
9 days ago

This is my second time here. It is a moderate trek with nice views and a depending on the the season there's a waterfall. There is a pretty decent incline on your way up the hill where you find a great view of the ocean, the hills and the Palisades. It takes about 30-45 minutes to summit if you are a moderate hiker and keep a good pace. The terrain is a mix between packed dirt and loose rocky terrain so you have to have good traction on your shoes/boots.

There is a $10 parking lot that leads into the trail. For free parking park on Temescal Canyon Rd rather than in the lot for the park. There are bathrooms and a friendly Ranger on the site so it is accommodating when you first arrive.

You have to bring lots of water, sunscreen, and a hat because most of the trail not shaded. It gets hot there so you have to be aware that there are rattlesnakes that are trying to get heat from the sun. This is not a dog-friendly trail because the sun can be extreme and the exposure to snakes and lizards are risky.

This is a great trail. There are breath-taking views every 5 minutes on the way up and the peak offers a 360 view of Santa Monica, Malibu, vineyards, and LA. There's so much to see and it's a great place to appreciate what LA and the west side has to offer.

Great loop trail - it’s fairly busy so try to get there pretty early (before 9am). I was there between 9am-10am and there was traffic on the trail but not so much for it to be a hassle. The trails are also wide enough where you can pass people with ease.
I went the west route first which I preferred - the first mile (approx) was all an incline and is mostly in the sun,
although there were some
covered spots. It’s a good workout and the loop back was nice and shaded. Either way you choose you’ll be looking at an incline going and a decline coming back.
There are quite a few rocks on the trail so treaded shoes helped. Also, there is a day charge for parking ($10) and the machine takes credit/debit cards. Also no dogs are allowed on the trail (which is good as there is no dog poop).
I would rate this a moderate loop.

I love this trail! It’s perfect for someone like me who’s just getting back into hiking but doesn’t want somewhere that’s overrun like Runyon or Griffith. It’s definitely moderate for me because of the elevation gain, but I like going up on the west side of the loop and coming down in the shade and quiet of the canyon.

Good workout, cool breezes

Beautiful view of the ocean!

Great trail, beautiful views! Would put this towards more moderate but well worth it. We got there early, 8.30am Saturday morning and were only a couple of other people around. Got a lot busier on the way back around 11am.

Too crowded

loved this hike! Don't stop at the waterfall, crawl up on the side and go explore :) it is a pretty short hike but fun for people who don't like to hike straight on a nice path as it is full of stones to climb on.

Beautiful hike. Single trail heading up with plenty of shade. Great views so take your time and look around. The caves at Eagle Rock are neat. We arrived at 8:30am on a Saturday and paid $10 for parking. Parking was wide open. When we returned around 12pm the parking was very full. Bathrooms are very clean.

beautiful trail with both mountain and beach views. benches at top. lots of trees.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

One of my favorite hikes in L.A. if you want to make this hike more challenging, there is an alternate route that will turn this into a 5 mile loop. From the main entrance on los liones, go left and down to cross the concrete. Follow the trail and about 50 meters in you will see another trail on your left that goes up the steep hillside. From there it is 1.4 miles to parker mesa overlook but be warned it is quite steep. You will gain 1300 feet in 1.4 miles, expect to cover this distance in 45 minutes to an hour depending on how many breaks you take. Shoes with good traction are recommended. I take this way up and the regular easy way down to make it a loop, going back this way is not recommended as it is quite steep.

trail running
1 month ago

Temescal is beautiful! Lots of options to extend your run

Arrived at the trailhead at 815am and was able to snag a free parking spot on the road. Took the fire road up as it was before the sun got too hot. Little coverage, but beautiful views. Eagle Rock was empty, only one other gal at the top. Make sure you sign the journal in the ‘cave’! Took the Musch Trail down, which was only single track and quite overgrown. Only saw a few places with horse poop. Not too many people at all. Overall the trail was great, I would do it again. But where were the ocean views????

Great hike

A moderate hike, mostly uphill. Try to start in the afternoon after the fog is lifted otherwise you won't get much of a view.

Beautiful views, I would do this trail again.

Nice time out doors, lots of greenery. Don’t expect a waterfall, there was only murky dirty water. I would assume it’d be beautiful after it rains. Had lots of fun stepping over stones and climbing a few.

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!

Don’t bother. Once you arrive, you have to make a small hike uphill to get to the trailhead. Everything is well marked, except there is no mention of this trail. Also, once you get half mile in, there are no dog signs posted. Such a waste of my day.

trail running
1 month 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.

Im a big fan of this hike and of Topanga State park! The whole area is neat, but Eagle rock is the crowned jewel with it's caves and panaramic views. I prefer taking the Fire road (best views) to eagle rock, but Musch trail is nice too, and a good change of scenery.

Kind of a boring hike until the ravine at the end, and some trickling water if you're lucky! Might be a better hike after some heavy rains.
I'd recommend just staying on the path to Eagle rock though, and not detouring to this waterfall.

Loved it. If you take the left side first you get a beautiful view of the ocean at the top.

This is really a local hike. I wouldn't drive out of the way to see it. There hasn't been very much water in many years. When there was, there was a running creek, and it was much harder to get there. The trail has zero bathroom/water facilities and I often find hikers allover the area (sometimes miles away) who either can't find their way to the nonexistent waterfall or can't find their way back from it! There's also a lot of poison oak, so good to have pants and sleeves if you go anyway. Rangers have been known to write tickets to people with dogs.

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