Explore the most popular birding trails near Topanga with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice wooded trail, the walk was very enjoyable with the sound of birds along the way, I did this hike on May 19 and the weather was perfect.

Great trail, beautiful views! Would put this towards more moderate but well worth it. We got there early, 8.30am Saturday morning and were only a couple of other people around. Got a lot busier on the way back around 11am.

Beautiful hike. Single trail heading up with plenty of shade. Great views so take your time and look around. The caves at Eagle Rock are neat. We arrived at 8:30am on a Saturday and paid $10 for parking. Parking was wide open. When we returned around 12pm the parking was very full. Bathrooms are very clean.

The most amazing views! Seriously!

One of my favorite hikes in L.A. if you want to make this hike more challenging, there is an alternate route that will turn this into a 5 mile loop. From the main entrance on los liones, go left and down to cross the concrete. Follow the trail and about 50 meters in you will see another trail on your left that goes up the steep hillside. From there it is 1.4 miles to parker mesa overlook but be warned it is quite steep. You will gain 1300 feet in 1.4 miles, expect to cover this distance in 45 minutes to an hour depending on how many breaks you take. Shoes with good traction are recommended. I take this way up and the regular easy way down to make it a loop, going back this way is not recommended as it is quite steep.

trail running
2 months ago

Challenging but runnable climb, maybe not quite as exciting for hiking but I would still hike it. Part of the the backbone trail that runs across all the SM mountains so I’m glad I know it. Also be sure to continue at least to the fire overlook by making a right at the top of Hondo, behind the old radar tower, it’s a beautiful view.

Arrived at the trailhead at 815am and was able to snag a free parking spot on the road. Took the fire road up as it was before the sun got too hot. Little coverage, but beautiful views. Eagle Rock was empty, only one other gal at the top. Make sure you sign the journal in the ‘cave’! Took the Musch Trail down, which was only single track and quite overgrown. Only saw a few places with horse poop. Not too many people at all. Overall the trail was great, I would do it again. But where were the ocean views????

A moderate hike, mostly uphill. Try to start in the afternoon after the fog is lifted otherwise you won't get much of a view.

Beautiful views, I would do this trail again.

hiking
2 months ago

I liked this trail .. but I like all trails. The way to get there is kinda tricky once you turn on old canyon road you go thru this narrow but windy road that leads to the dirt road wich you have to go thru. Then you pay 5 dollars wich you put in a envelope and put in box rip top part of envelope that is the permit and proof of payment. Trail is quiet and beautiful. Only thing I did not like it is not properly signed meaning there is no sign on the trail to let you know where you are and other trails along the way. Overall great work out . Ooh nd lots of ants

Im a big fan of this hike and of Topanga State park! The whole area is neat, but Eagle rock is the crowned jewel with it's caves and panaramic views. I prefer taking the Fire road (best views) to eagle rock, but Musch trail is nice too, and a good change of scenery.

Loved it. If you take the left side first you get a beautiful view of the ocean at the top.

Really pretty drive and views! Gets pretty windy so make sure to bring a jacket. Definitely a good idea to have the exact $5 for parking, and a pen! This was a great escape from the city

2 months ago

Very nice trail with the Canyons at the end. It took us 1:55min to finish it.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike, great views, and fun.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorite LA hikes; nice views and a good workout.

As previous folks have said, very narrow trails and overgrown areas. Also probably closer to moderate than easy. Still enjoyable.

Great fun with kids. We scrambled the rocks early on, up to the top. Good shade from tree cover. Nice views.

Very nice - great vistas, big sky, trees and amazing Eagle Rock

hiking
4 months ago

nice little hike on a fire road beautiful ocean view at the top with a bench and a nice big shade tree

trail running
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Cool little hike that is very easy and not too crowded.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views! Easy to moderate trails, sunset over the mountains was amazing!

hiking
5 months ago

A nice light hike. The big rock formations are early on the trail if you want to do some scrambling. There is a $5 dollar parking fee at the trailhead - there were no rangers to make change so bring small bills.

Super easy fire road trail. Beautiful views.

Incredible views! Beautiful hike. Our dogs loved it too.

The views are fantastic!! Good calorie burner too

Pretty boring. Goes through a lot a shaded scrub. Go to Trippet Ranch right nearby instead

trail running
5 months ago

Really awesome view of the LA coast and Malibu. Not a big park. Went jogging here.

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