Eagle Rock Via East Topanga Fire Road

MODERATE 121 reviews
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Eagle Rock Via East Topanga Fire Road is a 3.8 mile out and back trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 853 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

A nice hike with views of downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and nearby mountains. Eagle Rock is about from Los Liones Rd off the PCH. The views during the hike include downtown LA, Santa Monica bay/beach, the mountains and Topanga Cyn Rd. The trail is mostly sunny, some parts are steeper than others, and some are shaded and cooler. One of the best views are sunsets.

Some nice views of the ocean and takes to eagle rock. Very limited shade. Very easy walk with only some slight inclines.

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

I loved this hike. It provided a nice little workout with amazing views.

hiking
17 days ago

Very pretty hike great views and wild flowers

hiking
19 days ago

we did this trail starting at the Santa Ynez Canyon trail which hardly any other hikers on it. it felt like a real hiking trail with shallow river crossings, and overgrown in some areas. once you hit the fire road which is what this particular route starts is where you will start to see more people. cool rock to hang out on at the top and fantastic panoramic views of the ocean and the mountain. where we started and ended was about 7 miles total.

Breezy and chilly but still a great workout with beautiful views of both the ocean to the west and the mountains to the east. If you’re gonna do this specific loop it’s definitely more like 6.5 miles with all the features (eagle rock) you can climb. If you want a quicker, shorter hike then just hiking up to eagle rock and back is a nice trek in and of itself!

Never break a sweat here - but great to show out of towners

hiking
4 months ago

Good 2-hour hike up and back (and a bit longer onto the next peak). The cloud cover lifted around 10:30am. So go early, orherwise the sun is too hot. We stopped for sanwiches in Topanga afterwards and went to Topanga Beach. Loved Topanga Canyon SP.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

We arrived around 7:30am so the gates to the parking lot were still closed (open at 8am), but we were still able to find some free street parking just outside. We had a nice, overcast day to start the hike so the lack of shade for the majority of this trail didn’t hit us too hard - on a clearer day or starting later it definitely would have heated up. We took the clockwise route going up, giving us steeper incline up and a better, more gradual grade coming back down. Eagle Rock itself is great - beautiful views around the entire canyon and mountain range. It’s also deceptively large, which gives plenty of room for multiple parties to have their own space. This was an overall nice hike, not too demanding due to the majority being on well maintained fire roads and mostly gradual elevation changes. We had a great time on this one overall and will do it again. Side benefit is the beautiful drive up Route 1 from LA!

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

On a cloudy day there are few better hikes than this one! Hiked on April 20th (no, I didn’t celebrate *that* way!).

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

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.

mountain biking
Fri Nov 09 2018

Wide open fire road that offers no challenge other than the inclination. Almost no shade. The rock itself is cool.

hiking
Mon Oct 29 2018

Just 2 miles from Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park, lies this impressive slab of sandstone rock. I’ve been on quite a lot of hikes with some pretty rad rocks and I must say this particular rock formation is a new favorite as it had me quite entertained for a good amount of time. It has mini like caves that you can climb through and lots of nooks and crannies to simply explore. I came here the day after the rain and it had small water ponds in different pockets of the formation giving it a bit of a dessert oasis feel! On the bottom left side of eagle rock also lies this random tree surrounded by grass on the rock, it looked so beautiful in contrast to the sandstone rock. This area definitely looks accessible but you have to do some downward rock scrambling which got a bit complicated at one point and I decided not to take the risk for now and try another day with a friend. A little backstory on how I got here. I actually took the Los Liones Trail (Pacific Palisades close to the beach) to the Parker Mesa overlook and from there I started the long and scenic trek towards Trippet Ranch/Eagle Rock which was about 4.5 miles inland. I think most people simply drive to the Trippet Ranch/Topanga State Park parking lot and then hike 2 miles to Eagle Rock. I definitely want to come back here and bring a big group of friends!!

Mon Sep 24 2018

Easy/moderate hike and gorgeous view !

hiking
Mon Apr 23 2018

PARKING: the gates to the parking lot opens at 8AM with a fee. I got there by 7AM and decided to park on the dirt road outside the park for free 99. limited spots on the dirt road, though, so if you're looking for that free adventure - go early, otherwise, support your state parks and pay the parking fee. THE HIKE: the hike itself is well maintained. you know when you have automatic flushing toilets you got yourself a bougie hike. they even had rolls of toilet paper ready for you. this is probably the Marriot of hikes. LOL. anyway, the hike is pretty straight forward - be sure to follow the signs (not that hard). you'll be taking the fire road for the majority of the hike and its a gradual incline till you get to your destination. bring insect repellent cause you'll be coming by a lot of flies and gnats. annoying buggers. ALSO - no cause for alarm but i saw a snake on the way back so definitely stay away from the edge of the trail. Try to stick close to the middle as possible. you'll also see a bunch of the local birds on the trail. also lizards. they creep me out. sometimes they look like twigs and i accidentally stepped on one until it started scurrying away. it had me afrightened. LOL. TRAFFIC: human traffic is generally pretty low in the early mornings. you got a few bikers, runners, and fellow hikers. everyone didn't really carry much, which made me the weird one taking my day pack. meh, better prepared. got to the trail head around 7AM and didn't start till 7:15AM (took advantage of the boujie toilets). It wasn't till i was descending back that i started seeing more humans. Overall, a pretty nice hike with gorgeous views. definitely would do it again.

hiking
Wed Mar 28 2018

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.

hiking
Thu Dec 28 2017

Beautiful views! And you can have lunch in the cave at the top!

Wed May 24 2017

Hiking & running

Fri Jan 06 2017

Great views from Eagle Rock

hiking
Mon Nov 14 2016

Eh

Fri Aug 26 2016

Love this place there are a lot of trails

hiking
3 days ago

recorded Recording - Jan 04, 05:46 PM

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11 days ago

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