Los Liones Canyon and East Topanga Fire Road Trails to Parker Mesa Trail

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Los Liones Canyon and East Topanga Fire Road Trails to Parker Mesa Trail 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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July 23rd: The first mile or so is full of vegetation (shades) and single file trail. The remaining of the trail was on a fire road which is wide and provides absolutely no shades going to Trippet Ranch and Parker Mesa Overlook (from 8:30am on). I started at 6:30am, so there were some shades and the heat wasn't too intense then...but... it got worst. I got sunburned despite wearing an UPF 50 shirt.

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Challenging but great

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This loop is 5 miles and 1,500 ft. of climb, not 10 miles and 2,400 as listed.

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This has become one of my favorite trails! It is a steady incline uphill, but honestly, nothing someone who is in moderate good health cannot handle.

The beginning of the hike is fairly well shaded and is surrounded by green plants. Once you get higher, you are exposed to the sun, but the path is well defined and the view is amazing the higher and higher and you go.

From halfway up, you can see Malibu and Santa Monica off in the distance. At the very top, you can even see L.A. further out. It's beautiful and the ocean breeze definitely helps cool you off throughout the hike.

I strongly recommend this hike. There are also plenty of benches throughout the hike to just sit back and take in the view.

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