Los Leones Canyon and East Topanga Fire Road

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Los Leones Canyon and East Topanga Fire Road is a 10.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pacific Palisades, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2759 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A moderately difficult hike in Topanga Canyon State Park. Lush greens and beautiful views make this trail a hit! A 7+ mile hike from the Pacific Palisades to a popular overlook in Topanga State Park. The first part of this hike - the Los Liones Trail - is one of the most lush riparian canyons I've ever seen in the Santa Monica Mountains. It's gently graded, moderately shady, and definitely worth a look even if you have to fight crowds. Afterward, the trail meets up with the system of fire roads in Topanga State Park and makes a relentless ascent to Parker Mesa (1525ft). On a clear day, you'll get amazing views of the Santa Monica Bay, and often inland as far as the San Bernardino Mountains.

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16 days ago

just did hike again and realized it's the 3rd hill that is really difficult, but fun!! 2nd hill must seems to go up forever!
take the path less traveled - go to the left!

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22 days ago

The trail is a loop. At the trailhead, just past the gate to the left is a drainage ditch the trail is at the bottom. Start up right away and keep going up 4 hills to the lookout area. Instead of 3.5 miles, you are there in 1.3 miles. Wear shoes with tread - lots of loose rocks and sand. The 2nd hill is long, steep and rocky! I was crawling at times! It is a fantastic climb. Definitely would rate this way HARD. To me, the way most people go - through the canyon to the fire road, is moderate. TBH - wouldn't go down this way - I would end up on my butt! If you want a challenge, take the trail on the left!!

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1 month ago

Great view at the top. Beautiful trail.

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Hiked this trail midweek at 8:30am. Plenty of street parking and two nearby lots at that time. I parked across from the LDS church and right near trailhead. Also public restrooms close by but don't open till 8:45-9am. Hike is a mix of narrower path and then opens up to a fire road. Shade for first 15-30 minutes. Then direct sun but ocean views. Steep the entire time for the 2 miles I hiked. I had to stop a few times to catch my breath but I was also chatting entire time with a friend. Turned back after 2 miles and ran into a lot more people on the way down. Street was also a lot more full with cars by the time I ended around 10:15am.