Musch Trail to Eagle Rock

MODERATE 142 reviews
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Musch Trail to Eagle Rock is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Topanga, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
958 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Musch Trail to Eagle Junction 2.0 miles; 2.5 miles to Eagle Rock. Trail is out and back, but you may catch the Topanga fire road down to make a loop back to the trail head, or to connect with other trails to lengthen your adventure. Dogs are not permitted.

trail running
20 days ago

1 month ago

2 months ago

Beautiful hike with some nice little shady spot along the trail. We explored the caves just over the lip of Eagle Rock and found a cozy nook to laze in for a while.

hiking
3 months ago

great hike. lots of shade, the rock is cool. would have been a 5 but some track was a little overgrown.

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely and shaded for a lot of it and you’re rewarded with a gorgeous view in all directions! Convenient parking and clean bathroom facilities in the lot were also nice perks. Would definitely do this again!

backpacking
4 months ago

Did a one night beginner backpack trip for my son’s Scout Troop. Camped at the trail camp.Easy hike even with the heat. Great views to Catalina if visibility allows. Pretty busy trail but to be expected for such a great payoff so close to town.

4 months ago

awesome views

5 months ago

Fun hike!!

5 months ago

Took this hike in the Spring while visiting the area. Beautiful view at the end! I'd recommend bringing plenty of water.

hiking
6 months ago

Wide, Open, HOT and Sunny trail. #worthit #sunscreen

hiking
6 months ago

If you go clockwise, the first half of the trail is through shade, then you climb up to Eagle rock and hike back up down. If you take the fire road to complete the loop, the morning sun will most likely be on your back so it will be less demanding on the downhill hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, a must do if you're in the Topanga area.

backpacking
8 months ago

Went here for my first backpacking experience. Loved it. Paid $10 for parking and $7 for the overnight stay at the parking lot machine, then hiked the mile up to the trail camp. There are about 8 spots, as well as 2 sinks and toilets which are clean as well. Half of the camping spots are a bit shaded, while the others are in sunlight most of the day. I went on a Tuesday night and there were many spots available. The hiking here is also amazing, especially the hike from Trippet Ranch to the trail camp, and then onward to Eagle Rock, where the views up top are amazing. The west side of the trail loop is rather ‘primitive’, which I love. On the other side of the loop is a fire road, with more foot traffic, and its more maintained. Many friendly hikers on the trails all around. I will definitely be back…

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing hike. The entire trail took about 2.5 hours with a few stops along the way. One half of the trail had wide cleared out pathways. The other half was rustic and very narrow, with lots of flora all around. The views are amazing, and parking was easy to find on the street. There were also tons of paid parking spots available for $10. Hardly anyone on the trail also, but I did go on a weekday.

8 months ago

This a a great trail. The views from eagle rock are spectacular. The ocean and The Valley - panoramic view. Went up through Musch trail and there are still lots of wildflowers and birds plus there is shade in parts going up. Came down the fire road which is wide. Luckily it was a bit overcast probably gets quite hot with full sun.
Do recommend this hike

hiking
9 months ago

Lots of fun. I'll do it again. Easy, smooth gravel road with wonderful vistas. Great picnic spots.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful view and half the trail was nicely shaded. Eagle Rock was very impressive.

hiking
10 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. Great views and beautiful wild flowers. I recommend taking the fire road up and the Musch trail down to get the best views.

10 months ago

It's a good trail to get exposed to Santa Monica mountains. Catch the updraft, see the valley, Santa Monica, Catalina. Nice time.

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

We came in to this hike via Santa Ynez trailhead (Palisades via Vereda de la Montura), not Musch Trail. It was nice! Lots of streams to cross. Beautiful views. Steady incline. Eagle Rock was wonderful. Really enjoyed this hike.

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