Eagle Springs Fire Road Loop Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews
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Eagle Springs Fire Road Loop Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1062 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wildlife

no dogs

Topanga is both extremely accessible and rugged. It is a natural park lying within Los Angeles and is within easy day-use reach of over 12 million regional residents. Many of the park's trails can be accessed from Trippet Ranch. Two miles from Trippet is Eagle Junction with access to the Eagle Spring loop trail. Eagle Rock is one of many boulder outcrops in the park which stands over the surrounding terrain, providing panoramic views of the surrounding country. Also hiked on this trip was Temescal Peak, an easy climb with further outstanding vistas of the surrounding ranges and canyons below. Topanga State Park includes 11,529 acres of varied terrain, much of it rugged, steep and scenic with over 36 miles of trails. The park's boundaries extend from the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to the hills over the San Fernando Valley. Eight communities surround the park and there are more than 60 entrances along the park's range crossing boundary. Hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and equestrian users will all feel quite at home here. Topanga's vegetation is dominated by chaparral. Within the Trippet Ranch area are broad stands of oak woodlands. Coastal sage scrub, grassland savannah, bay laurel woodland, walnut woodland, and a variety of riparian habitats can also be found within the park. These habitats support a wildlife community which includes more than 80 mammal species, several hundred bird species, and over 60 reptiles and amphibians within the park's boundaries. Human occupation goes back at least 8,000 to 10,000 years, starting with an early Paleo-Indian culture to the more-recent Tongva and Chumash peoples.

trail running
7 months ago

Trail is in good shape after a few quick showers

hiking
11 months ago

Busy trail - gradual consistent incline. Easy though, long enough, and great views. Highly recommend

11 months ago

Busy trail - gradual consistent incline. Easy though, long enough, and great views. Highly recommend

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easy

Saturday, February 06, 2016

This was an awesome.hike. The views are amazing and not too difficult of a hike. Enjoy!

hiking
Monday, December 28, 2015

Great hike! We did it in about 3 hrs. It has a nice ~900ft incline, and the loop has awesome views of the ocean.

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

Trail is well-maintained. Views are gorgeous. Not much shade, so pack extra sunscreen on a sunny day.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Absolutely gorgeous!!

hiking
Monday, December 15, 2014

Easy trail with some great scenic views. Eagle rock is an easy scramble and a lot of fun. The entire loop is not 6.3 miles probably closer to 5.

hiking
Saturday, November 29, 2014

Scenic views. If you're looking for a 2 hr hike with panoramic views of the Santa Monica mountains and valleys, this is the one. Well traveled but worth it. Hopefully the it's a clear day, then the Pacific Ocean is very visible for some great photos. Once you go to the top of Eagle Rock (which is the highlight of the trail), you can continue to the right (east) to make a loop back or take a left (west) and go back the way you came.

hiking
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I love trails that end with a beautiful view or a photo opportunity so you have motivation to reach the top. This trail is definitely it. Took wonderful photos on the landmark dubbed "Eagle Rock". The trail is pretty easy until the end where there is a bit of a climb (not bad at all). Not sure why, but when we started, we got a bit lost finding the trail. We probably added an extra mile circling. All in all, easy and doable hike!

hiking
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Beautiful hike! One of my favorite hikes in the area. The fire roads link all the way to the Los Lionnes Palisades trail, which makes for an amazing day trek. Not too much shade though so watch out if it is a hot day.

hiking
Sunday, March 10, 2013

While the trail was good, even though you walk on the road, dogs are not allowed. So do not plan on bringing pooch as the park ranger is bored and will hunt us dog lovers down. The website is wrong about dogs, but the views were excellent.

hiking
Sunday, October 21, 2012

Loved this trail. It was drizzling when we started around 9 am and it was beautiful. Thank the rains for making the woods look so green and lush; also smelled great.

To get to Eagle Rock, start from musch trail near the parking lot for the state park. We got confused and went straight ahead on the paved road which leads to a restricted area. You will realize your mistake pretty soon so its not a big deal :) We did see few deers in that area.

Not crowded, much greener (though that could be cos of the rains), woods and forest-like in between, not strenuous - all in all a fun refreshing hike.

hiking
Monday, July 16, 2012

Straightforward hike. Would be a good one for a beginning hiker. Significant trail traffic on the day we went. Watch out for bikes.

hiking
Monday, April 16, 2012

Overall awesome trail to hike on. Started at the parking lot on Entranada Road- down to Trippet Ranch, Musch Road, and finally to Eagle Rock. Have to say that view off the rock is breathtaking. You can see not only the whole valley of how big the park is but Santa Monica in the backdrop. To be on top of that rock up at an elevation of 1800 feet up, feeling that cool ocean breeze hit you while you just relax for a bit and seeing all the green all around you is well worth the time and effort of getting up there. From there ventured on down to Cheney Road and The Temescal Fire Road and headed back. Despite so many other trails to go and venture out on- this is one my of the favorites now.

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2012

Great place to hike. amazing views for being so close to the city. PLEASE GO PREPARED was pretty close to being bitten by a rattle snake on the fire road NOT off the trail. are pocket first aid or snake bite kit in this area!!! beside that good trail

hiking
Thursday, February 02, 2012

Very nice, quiet when there are no bikers. Saw some deer. Ate lunch in hole in the rock formation.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2011

I'm a newcomer to hiking and this was my "first trail". It was definitely a challenge considering there are plenty of inclines, if not constant. Considering this is a somewhat short trail at a little over 4 miles, it's great to get the burn on the way up and down. I really loved the feeling of being in a "remote" place, considering you can't see any livable parts for a long time. I also loved the small ocean view that you can see on the way up. The only part of the trail that I disliked was the incredibly narrow walk up to the eagle rock. If you hate bees, don't even bother. It's bee-world and you have a pretty narrow moving space for several minutes. One thing it did was make me want to go faster which was great. At the end of it all, you reach Eagle Rock which has plenty of seating for hikers who want to relax. It's quite nice and gives you a great view of the ocean and deep valleys. The view made all of the effort worth it, and for someone like myself, I need a good view or vantage point to keep me interested. This is a great hike for anyone who wants to tune the city out and doesn't mind bees and inclines!

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2011

The Eagle Rock Loop Trail is a definitely stand out trail. Even though the distance can seem long and the terrain challenging, the trail shows you a side of Topanga that reflects it forestry mountainous upper class vibe that can't be seen anywhere else. Another plus is that once you reach Eagle rock the trail becomes a major intersection for many other trails including Cheney Road, Garpito Trail, and The Temescal Fire Road. The Eagle rock loop covers a large portion of Topanga State Park and gives you the opportunity to climb upon Eagle Rock and explore its small caves and shelters.

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