Parker Mesa Overlook Trail to East Topanga Fire Road

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Parker Mesa Overlook Trail to East Topanga Fire Road is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,486 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

over grown

scramble

no shade

no dogs

This trial is a combination of three very different kinds of hiking trails. A good mixture of a hike. Make sure you have good shoes, you may or may not want have long sleeve/hiking pants. Optional. Once you arrive to the hiking spot. You will see trail goes two different directions. Go to your left over the drainage and you will be going clockwise! That’s the start of Parker Mesa trail called Rabbit Hole. It’s a 1.5 mile hike that constantly goes up. You will be sweating on this part of hike. It’s not for the novice. Must have experience going up. Some areas the incline is harder than others. Some areas of the incline up is shaded and other parts not shaded. Some parts of incline up is a little overgrown. It’s hard incline up and you will feel great once you make it to the top!! Once you make it to the top, enjoy the wonderful views! Then you will start the second phase of the hike which is pretty easy and wide open on East Topanga Road which is part of the Paseo Miramar trail. It’s mostly a decline down and can see view. This part has no shade. Continue to go down. Be careful to not miss the connecting part to get onto Los Lioness trail by going RIGHT! The Paseo Miramar continues straight down on East Topanga road. The last part is the popular Los Lioness where you will find a lot of people on this part of trail. It’s curvy, fun, shaded part of trail. You will pass people on this part of hike. At the end of trail will take you back to where you started and you have completed this trail! Don’t let the first 1.5 miles discourage you as the rest of hike is easy and enjoyable.

recorded Los Liones Trail

hiking
off trail
over grown
4 days ago

This is a nice and easy trail out to the viewpoint. Once reaching the viewpoint (~3.5mi), the trail dramatically changes for the descent and is slightly overgrown. Would recommend wearing leg coverings and following trail. To go reverse, start the ascent from the drainage tunnels near the LDS Church. Overall, a nice and diverse hike with great vistas, hidden views of Getty Villa, and interesting Southern California vegetation.

hiking
over grown
11 days ago

We did the loop clockwise which was frustrating because the trail was very overgrown going up. Coming down was mostly a fire road and totally fine but there were A LOT of folks out here so plenty of traffic jams. Was good but wish we had gone somewhere else due to the overgrown trail and traffic. If you do go maybe don’t do the weather side of loop just go counterclockwise and come back the way you went up.

Too crowded with people not wearing masks

hiking
16 days ago

One of my favorite hikes. Going clockwise it's a steep, narrow, rocky dirt workout with the most beautiful flora of flowers I've ever seen. Ocean, mountain, Getty Villa and DTLA views. Beautiful overlook which then continues on a pleasant fire road and then goes back to a narrow trail.

Love this hike! Go in clockwise to go up the Rabbit Hole for a great scramble up. Overgrown- but that’s to be expected just coming off of the trails being closed for 2 months. Excited to be back out

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Not a good hike for social distancing- on the first Stay Home weekend the overlook and trail down were overwhelmingly crowded, and the neighborhood was a parking lot. Went clockwise up Rabbit Hole which was a good choice, although the last .5 miles was a very difficult steep grade. Spectacular views, and relentlessly sunny the entire time. On a 70 degree day there were many people on the trail struggling with the heat with little or no water. Glad people are rediscovering the outdoors, but overcrowding and lack of trail etiquette made this hike pretty unpleasant tbh.

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

A good trail, but definitely make sure you do it clockwise. the first 1.5 miles are very steep and include multiple washouts and scrambles but the view at the top is worth it! after than it's a very easy downward 4 miles back to the trail head.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

recorded Los Liones Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views throughout and at the end. We started lower, at the Los Liones trailhead, making it over 4mi to the bench. We then took Rabbit Hole down— don’t advise that. It’s much shorter, but steep, gravely, narrow and looked like snake-heaven. Overall great hike. Imagine it would be quite warm during summer, not much cover.

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

This was a really good loop. Rabbit Hole is no joke - several scramble portions where it is very steep and gravelly. However, it was beautiful and had a nice mix of shady areas through low trees/tall grasses and more exposed/classic ridge line terrain. I am only giving it 4 stars because I'm not big for hiking on fire roads. However, the views were pretty nonstop.

I accidentally did this hike counterclockwise (so I went down the Rabbit Hole) and it wasn’t too bad, just a little slippery on the loose rocks. Nice hike with lots of variety.

hiking
no shade
over grown
3 months ago

Tough but rewarding. Definitely want to do it clockwise. Worth the view

Was supposed to do this clockwise but accidentally did it counter. It was like 3 miles up and a mile down a washed out trail,

hiking
4 months ago

Best bang for your buck local hike around. Can be short or long, easy or hard depending on the routes and directions you take. Views are always amazing and on top of it all you get that sweet sweet ocean breeze. Once you make it to the overview (granted you didn’t destroy yourself hiking up the rabbit hole...if you went up the rabbit hole, kuddos to you, you beast!) you can choose to hike back down the way you came or venture down the rabbit hole. That route gets over grown and you can end up lost. One time I was following the finance not paying attention and low and behold we were basically at a barb wired fence looking into someone’s yard. It sucked. Moral of the story, if you choose the rabbit hole, pay attention! Check your trail markers and enjoy the ride. Happy trekking!

hiking
scramble
4 months ago

Great views from the trail and overlook. Definitely go clockwise - going up the Rabbit Hole trail is far easier than going down it, as there are a number of scrambles that you might slide down otherwise. It's a tiring continual climb up, but it's worth it, and there are far fewer people on this trail than Los Liones. I thought the trail was pretty clearly marked, but keep an eye on the map. Once you reach Parker Mesa Overlook, the rest of the loop is quite easy and well-traveled.

hiking
4 months ago

I recommend counter clockwise. Very steep up hill at first with gradual descent. Best views of in the Santa Monica mts!

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