Looking for a great trail in Topanga State Park, California? AllTrails has 43 great hiking trails, trail 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 29 moderate trails in Topanga State Park ranging from 1.3 to 27.3 miles and from 200 to 2,595 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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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muddy
rocky
21 hours ago

take the trail clockwise since going down the rocks can be difficult

Quite muddy after all of the rain, but man is it looking beautiful - everything is so green! Path is easy to follow and goes through some different style vegetation which is good. Parking lot is $10 for all day or $3 per hour.

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muddy
6 days ago

Great hike for all levels of experience. Wonderful views, steady inclines and declines, and a waterfall river section. The terrain was muddy throughout, but we went right after a morning of light rain.

Very muddy after raining a few days prior. Lots of fun, but wear boots

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off trail
washed out
6 days ago

I did this trail on 2/9/19. The first 3/4 of this trail going clockwise was fantastic. The trail wasn’t too muddy and the views are stunning. However, the last quarter of the loop after the Will Rogers trail begins is completely washed out from the recent rainfall. My hiking partner and I had to ford the engorged creek multiple times much to the dismay of our previously dry socks. It’s fairly slippery, overgrown, and treacherous. I suggest doing only the first half of the clockwise trail, and then heading back the way you came.

Love this hike! Challenging and great ocean views at the same time :)

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muddy
rocky
6 days ago

A beautiful hike! The creek is definitely flowing; there are multiple creek crossings and times where you'll need to ford up the creek to reconnect with the trail, plus the final approach is all in the creek. You will get wet - I'd recommend wearing sandals.

The waterfall is in high flow and absolutely gorgeous. Not too crowded today, saw maybe 5 parties total out/back. About 90 minutes roundtrip including half an hour spent enjoying the falls.

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muddy
over grown
washed out
8 days ago

Trail plus city Almafi road. Was not initial plan but could not cross the water stream because of water levels.

I really enjoyed it. However, it's a shame there's so much litter. Be careful with broken glass. The caves are pretty cool though. I just wish people respected nature more.

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no shade
14 days ago

Great little hike.

Great views and a good workout!

Nice moderate trail with beautiful views of the ocean and rolling hills. At the top, there are benches to sit and enjoy the panoramic view of the ocean. Not too busy on weekdays. Parking is limited and dogs are not allowed on this trail. Not a lot of shade so bring sunscreen and plenty of water.

Such a fun trail! Beautiful views, easy-moderate pace, the rock at the top is a great place to chill for a bit before heading back down.

hiking
18 days ago

My favorite place to go hiking and get some great cardio in. The views are extremely beautiful. You have a lot of green surrounding you. The view of the ocean and LA is the best. No dogs allowed. There are rattlesnakes so be safe. Honestly I have no negative comments about this hike.

Another amazing trail Malibu has to offer with great views. Plus it’s very rewarding ones you’re at the top.

hiking
19 days ago

Easy trail with a great view of LA! Went on a clear day and could see snow on the mountains in the back of the city

Crowded. Long, long lines of people on the trail. Very congested.

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no shade
19 days ago

I completely missed the end of the loop and kept hiking to the Temescal Peak, about 3.5 miles further into Topanga State Park and a little higher in elevation i think. I ended up hiking 15 miles and i have no complaints. Very good hike.

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over grown
21 days ago

Fun little hike. With all the rain we had the last few weeks everything is really overgrown but the path is still easy to find. This was my adopted pup’s first hike. He had fun but came back a muddy mess. Also, a friendly reminder to other dog owners, please clean up your dog’s mess and pack it out with you. Ran into too much of that.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a great trail. I try to do it weekly. Weekends are extremely crowded. Better after you get passed the first overlook. BE WARNED: it is showing the trailhead starting from a subdivision, which is a much easier place to start. This start makes it 4.9 miles. However MOST people start down where the LDS church is. If you start there, it is much more difficult and there is a sign that puts this trail at 3.5 miles one way (7 round trip). Highly suggest a weekday after a storm. Visibility is great and hardly anyone on the trail.

Nice, quick little nature walk. Great to take my old dog on.

Edited to add: found a tick on my dog after this hike. Take precautions.

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rocky
24 days ago

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