Looking for a great trail near Topanga, California? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Topanga State Park or Point Mugu State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Topanga ranging from 3.4 to 19.7 miles and from 800 to 2,785 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
no shade
7 days ago

Personally, the trail isn’t anything spectacular and although the beginning of the trail boasts some small caves and big red “rock”, I don’t think the scenery is that spectacular. There is a great view though at the top loop. This is a decent local Topanga Canyon (old Topanga) dog-friendly trail... fairly moderate but can be jogged or add various sprints for greater challenge. It’s a slow and gradual uphill climb so easy for most. Be mindful of the heat throughout the year and with zero shade, it only makes sense to take your dog early mornings or late afternoons/early evenings. Parking is strange... do not park in private driveways however, from Red rock canyon drive you may park on the side of the street and walk to the train head about 10–12 min. Or, drive into the paid parking ($5-$8).... it seems like you can’t drive in to park because the signs say private property but that’s not true.

running
private property
13 days ago

This route is probably pretty. but, 2 miles in you have to cross into private property.

hiking
bugs
no shade
13 days ago

hiking
over grown
rocky
19 days ago

hiking
bugs
20 days ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
21 days ago

Parking isn’t ideal but the view at the top of this hike is one of the nicest in the Santa Monica mountains. A 360 view of the valley and the beaches. The trail is overgrown and buggy but calm and lightly trafficked. Will recommend for a late afternoon or early morning hike. When the sun is at its highest the most beneficial thing would be to stay around the boulders and enjoy the color changes on the rocks.

Great workout! We did reverse and the incline was all the way up!

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite hike. Amazing views at the end.

No shade on the ascent but plenty on the return. Easy incline, solid trail, great for testing new gear (boots, backpack) not far from civilization

hiking
no shade
over grown
1 month ago

We arrived around 7:30am so the gates to the parking lot were still closed (open at 8am), but we were still able to find some free street parking just outside. We had a nice, overcast day to start the hike so the lack of shade for the majority of this trail didn’t hit us too hard - on a clearer day or starting later it definitely would have heated up. We took the clockwise route going up, giving us steeper incline up and a better, more gradual grade coming back down. Eagle Rock itself is great - beautiful views around the entire canyon and mountain range. It’s also deceptively large, which gives plenty of room for multiple parties to have their own space. This was an overall nice hike, not too demanding due to the majority being on well maintained fire roads and mostly gradual elevation changes. The one part near the end to Temescal Peak however is SEVERELY overgrown, would not recommend trying to approach it from this trail. We still lengthened this with the Backbone Trail, which was mostly clear until the last section that was also overgrown. We had a great time on this one overall and will do it again. Side benefit is the beautiful drive up Route 1 from LA!

hiking
no shade
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
over grown
1 month ago

Closer to 6.7 miles. Beautiful views, mainly felt like a fire trail after the first mile or two. Drank all 2.5 liters of my water- no shade after their first mile or two. Pretty, wouldn’t do this trail again but excited to see what else the park has

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous. Saw nobody. Dog loved it.

Beautiful trail! Ran counterclockwise and it was nice to end with a steady downhill on the road. Ended up being just over 10mi. Expect some rock scrambling and to hike a bit.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

terrific trail, way too hot our fault should have gone earlier

It was a hot day but the trail is mostly shaded so it was fine. I recorded this as 9 miles like previous reviewers, therefore the length needs to be updated by AllTrails. There is a photo spot marked on the map in the beginning of the trail that you must check out. It’s a big rock overlooking a canyon and lovely Mountain View’s. The trail is diverse. Some parts are pretty rugged/rocky but nothing too crazy. It’s not the prettiest trail in general and parts are somewhat overgrown. It just seems well trafficked and worn down at times. I wore pants and glad I did. However, I would still highly recommend doing it, I just don’t know if I’ll be back unless I’m taking someone who hasn’t been. It’s a solid workout and it has a couple unique spots worth seeing. It took me about 3.5 hours.

on Tuna Canyon Trails

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Hit the trail around 9:30am, 84☀️. Cloud cover was dense= no ocean view. Easy hike. No markers.

This trail is beyond hard it’s EXTREME. The first 6 miles were a pretty nice uphill winding shaded path. We came to the peaks and then it was nearly 3 miles on a RIDGE. I was so terrified. Either side of the path was a sheer drop off down 1000 feet. This trail is for experienced hikers. We ended up doing the last hours in darkness, and we were thrilled to be back to our car

hiking
1 month ago

What I loved: -The path is well marked and easy to follow. -Some shade along the way. -Low traffic. (I didnt see a single person) -2 Payoffs for this hike 1) A large boulder line 2) The summit with 360 degree views. -Some of this hike is on the Backbone Trail -Better views of LA and the Santa Monica Bay than most summit hikes in the area -Beautiful drive to the trailhead -This would be an amazing trail to hike after a good rain washes the LA haze away My advice: -Consider lightweight, long pants for the small part of the trail where your legs may brush the vegetation. -Bug spray -Sunscreen -Best hiked early

No shade, mainly fire road, and trail overgrown at the final peak...must have a shovel to reach haha Could see the ocean And had a deer 5 ft from my face

Brush on Musch.

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