Parker Mesa Overlook Trail

EASY 128 reviews
#3 of 27 trails in

Parker Mesa Overlook Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Topanga, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.2 miles
1125 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


no dogs

Awesome ocean views, great picnic area, pretty canyon views This is a great hike from the Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park to the Parker Mesa Overlook. The first section of the trail meanders through a lovely oak grove with lush green grass. Above Trippet Ranch, the trail traverses the ridgeline between Topanga and Santa Ynez Canyons, with views of giant sandstone slabs and the ocean peaking out between the folds of the mountains. The vista from the Parker Mesa Overlook is stunning. You can see all of the LA basin laid out before you, the snow capped San Gabriel Mountains to the north, Catalina Island to the south, and the crescent shaped coastline of Santa Monica to the east.

1 month ago

The views are fantastic!! Good calorie burner too

1 month ago

This is a moderately difficult hike. Steep up hill and down. Beautiful views are your reward.

Beautiful scenery

5 months ago

Easy trail open spaces and you are not too exposed.

6 months ago

It isn't really easy...more like moderate in my opinion...1,300 ft of elevation gain after all.

7 months ago

My favorite trail in LA! It's a long one but the view at the end is worth all your hard work

9 months ago

10 months ago

This is my go to trail when I just need to get out of the house.

11 months ago

This is one of my favorites. Last time I hiked it was 3/19 and when I got to the top the entire ocean view was covered in clouds so it looked like I was on top of the clouds! I started late and got back to the parking lot later than I wanted to. The whole trail is about 6 miles and pretty easy but there's some incline so allow yourself a few hours. Parking is available on the street before you enter the park so you don't have to pay.

11 months ago

i was scrolling through the list, looking for a new trail, when I saw that this one was labeled easy. Having done it several times, I didnt recall it being that easy so I did it again. It is easy if you hike a lot but given that it is 6 miles RT, about half of which is without shade, and that there are significant ascents and descents, I would rate it as moderate. It is certainly easier than coming up the other side to Parker Mesa but not a walk in the park. :-)

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Great views

Thursday, November 24, 2016

This is one of my favorite trails in LA. Part of it is on fire roads so it's not like being in the backwoods but it's a good incline and one of my favorite views of LA.

Monday, November 21, 2016

I love this trail!!! The views are amazing!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Love this hike. There are beautiful ocean views on a clear day.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

First time to do hiking here but it's really worth it.

Friday, August 26, 2016

super easy and fun, took my mom, great scene of LA

Monday, July 04, 2016

Amazing view and definitely a leg workout different trails you could take, will be going back for sure

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Completely worth it. The view was beautiful!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

This trail has nice views and it's a good leg workout. It took me 2hrs 1/2 to finish following the trail track, overall it has an awesome and peaceful view towards the ocean.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The view was beautiful, one of my favorite hiking spots.

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