Los Liones Canyon and East Topanga Fire Road

HARD 410 reviews
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Los Liones 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.

10.4 miles
2345 feet



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


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.

1 day ago

Great trail. Beautiful. Full of fog when we went. The only complaint is the app showed the trail as a loop in red. I didn't realize you have to go back the way you came until we were at the top lookout. It would be nice if it wasn't in red showing a loop. Other than that it was amazing and a lot of fun.

2 days ago

First time and loved it! No hiking shoes needed, running shoes are fine. Incline is slow and steady, great workout. Spectacular views of LA skyline and ocean. If I lived closer, I’d do this hike weekly!

9 days ago

Great hike!!!!!

9 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful views.

11 days ago

Uphill all the way in but worth the hike for the views from Midway and at the top. You can see from Palos Verdes to County line. Sunrise is worth getting up for!

15 days ago

Love this hike. It’s in town and hard as hell but worth it if you’re fit and want to stay that way. Great views of beaches on a nice day.

28 days ago

Done this trail a few times and it's definitely a good workout. This is perfect hiking weather right now so, was able to do it in a total of 2 hrs and 15 mins. (If you count that I ran it about 1/3 of the way to the top and ran all the way down.

1 month ago

Great hike and great views from the top. Pretty good workout but this is a perfect time of year to hike, except the fires.

Excellent trail

Excelente trail

1 month ago

You can make this a shorter hike by turning around once you get to the first lookout point. It would then be about 2.6 mi. That's what I did today. Check out my map of your interested. One of my favorite hikes, great shade and fun (LL portion). After that it's pretty much out in the open.

1 month ago

Picturesque LA hike

2 months ago

My favorite hike in the city

2 months ago

great! not easy!

2 months ago

Very pretty hike. Nice views.

2 months ago

Fun hike with great views. Can hike from 1.5 up to 10 miles.

4 months 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!

4 months 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!!

5 months ago

Great view at the top. Beautiful trail.

5 months ago

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.

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