Hike to the Parker Mesa Overlook

5.4 miles 1200 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Sassy Resuello

Hike to panoramic views of the pacific. Stretch your legs on this 5.4 mile out-and-back hike with ~400 feet of elevation gain. The lookout is a great spot to catch a sunset, but be sure to bring a headlamp for the hike back down. Duration: A few hours.

This 5.4-mile out-and back trail takes off from the end of the residential area of Paseo Miramar. Once you hike a little less than a quarter mile in, you'll connect with Los Liones Canyon Trail. Continue on Paseo Miramar Trail, which in another 2.5 miles, will connect you with the Parker Mesa Overview. If you're looking for a bit of a longer hike, head to the Los Liones Canyon Trailhead On Los Liones Drive from Paseo Miramar. This hike will add another 2 miles to your distance.

Once you reach the overlook, you'll be up about 1,500 feet. Take in the views of Pacific. On a clear day, you may be able to see out to Catalina and the Channel Islands. If you decide to hike up there late in the day for the sunset, remember to bring your headlamp for the hike back to the car.

After you make it back to the car, head to Palisades Garden Cafe for a quick bite.

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3 months ago

Beautiful!

Great views of the ocean!! I enjoyed this hike a lot! I am not from LA though, I feel like the locals don't enjoy this hike as much as I did.

Okay Hike

It's an okay hike with good views. Worth a hike and some photos. Go further out of LA if you want interesting.

City Shores

A great hike if you want to get a view of the city and the sea! You'll be able to spot downtown LA all the way to the Pacific Ocean. If you start from Los Liones, you can make the hike as long as you want. I made a 12 mile (in and out) trek out of it, and could've definitely made it longer.

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over 3 years ago

Decent Local Hike With Great View

This is your average Santa Monica Mountains hike but the view at the top is a pleasure. You can see all of Santa Monica. There is some cover along the trail but the trees aren't that interesting, and most of the area is bushes. I like to do this as a quick day hike if I don't want to travel too far from Santa Monica.

Gorgeous views, great for sunsets!

This is one of my favorite hikes in LA. It's long enough that you get a great workout, and the reward of the view from Parker Mesa is amazing. I've hiked it both during the day and coming into night (be sure to bring a headlamp!), and it is great during either time.

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