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    Top Spots in and near Topanga State Park

    • Topanga, California

      Eagle Rock in Topanga State Park

      4.4
      5.99 mi / 1106 ft gain
      Eagle Rock is located in Topanga State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains, and it is a unique formation that provides an amazing panoramic view of Santa Monica. On a clear day, the Catalina Islands and Palos Verdes Peninsula are visible. You can park on along the street of Entrada Rd. or pay $10 ...
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    • Topanga, California

      Parker Mesa Overlook via Trippet Ranch

      4.0
      6.75 mi / 1181 ft gain
      This is a 6.8 mile round-trip hike that starts at Trippet Ranch in Topanga Canyon. Even though the range in elevation is 400 feet from peak to trough, the up and down trail totals to approximately 1800 feet elevation gain making this a beginner to intermediate adventure.  The trail itself is pre...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Santa Ynez Falls

      3.5
      2.25 mi / 243 ft gain
      The Santa Ynez Canyon Trail is located 10 minutes away from the beach providing you the opportunity to do this hike early in the morning and spend the rest of the day hanging out at the beach. To get to the trailhead, take Vereda de la Montura Road until you reach the private residential area (th...
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    • Topanga, California

      The Labyrinth at Tuna Canyon Park

      1.45 mi / 299 ft gain
      This is a simple but steep 2.4 mile round-trip hike to a clearing on a mountaintop in Topanga/Malibu, about an hour's drive west of downtown LA. At the end of the hike you'll reach a clearing with incredible views. On a cloudy or foggy day, it feels like you're floating above the clouds; on a cle...
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    • Topanga, California

      Red Rock Canyon to Calabasas Peak

      4.0
      4.53 mi / 1004 ft gain
      When you get to the parking lot be sure to pay the $5 parking fee. You will need to place this in the provided envelope and drop it in the iron ranger.  Start the hike by following the fire road behind the gate. About a couple of yards in, you will see a trail on your left which leads to a ghoul...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Hike to Vanalden Vista

      2 mi / 300 ft gain
      To get to the trailhead take Vanalden Ave until it dead ends. Follow the trail at the end of the road as it winds up into the mountains and to the left. You can easily find the trail on Google Maps, so you can use this as a guide. The trail will fork to the left after half a mile. The trail, Vana...
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    • Calabasas, California

      Hike and Rock Climb at Saddle Peak

      5.0
      This is one of my favorite hikes in the Los Angeles area. Super easy, yet beautiful and a perfect place to get away from the city.Parking for the trailhead is where the three roads intersect. The parking area is a long strip of dirt, there will most likely be cars there when you arrive already th...
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    • Topanga, California

      Top of Topanga Overlook

      1 mi / 1613 ft gain
      The Top of Topanga Overlook is where you can simply park your car, and sit in one of the benches to view the San Fernando Valley. But there is one hiking trail in that area which lets you get better vantage points, as well as a quick workout. Once you get to the overlook, park your car and safel...
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    • Topanga, California

      Calabasas Peak Motorway

      7.23 mi / 1565 ft gain
      Getting There You can, from Los Angeles, go one of three ways: take I-405 to US-101 and head west, or from downtown, take US-101 the whole way, OR, get on I-10 from the Westside or east of there and take that until it becomes PCH, then take that to Topanga Canyon (turn left onto Old Topanga Cany...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Parker Mesa Overlook via Paseo Miramar

      4.2
      5.32 mi / 1099 ft gain
      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 Ove...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Los Liones Trail

      5.0
      4.41 mi / 1115 ft gain
      Los Liones Trail is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Pacific Palisades, California.
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    • Malibu, California

      Ratner Beach

      4.5
      Unlike most beaches in Los Angeles, this tiny little stretch of beach is usually empty, and is a little gem! It is the perfect place to get an unobstructed view of the sunset, and the sticks in the ground make for a picturesque sunset picture! Just be warned, this beach is right on PCH, so expect...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Temescal Canyon Loop

      3.9
      3.76 mi / 810 ft gain
      There are a couple of different ways that you can hike in Temescal Canyon. For this one, the loop begins from Temescal Canyon Trail at Sunset Boulevard and is approximately 3.76 miles. This loop is not dog friendly.  Additional Options for Hiking Temescal Canyon: The basic loop – 2.6 milesTh...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Inspiration Point Loop Trail

      2.36 mi / 486 ft gain
      The Inspiration Point 2.3 mile loop hike in Will Rogers State Park is a family-friendly hike or after-work run near Los Angeles, California. It’s a great dirt trail for all skill levels and features scenic views and beautifully budding wildflowers. You’ll get to escape the city and take in the br...
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    • 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, California

      Backbone Trail via Will Rogers State Park

      5.0
      3.02 mi / 656 ft gain
      You'll make your way up Will Rogers State Park Road, located just minutes from Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood, Malibu, Palisades, and much of west Los Angeles. Once on the road, head all the way to the top and you'll dead end into the parking lot. Always worth supporting State Parks with the p...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Murphy's Ranch

      4.8
      3.21 mi / 679 ft gain
      This three-mile out-and-back hike begins at the beginning of a very nice neighborhood in Santa Monica. You will be trekking on a dirt road for about 1.5 miles until you reach some stairs that will be visible on your left-hand side. You will need to descend down those (what seem to be never-ending...
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    Camping and Lodging in Topanga State Park

    Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday
    Santa Paula, California

    Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday

    Coulter Group Campground
    Palmdale, California

    Coulter Group Campground

    Meadow Group Campground
    Palmdale, California

    Meadow Group Campground

    Bandido Group Campground
    Pearblossom, California

    Bandido Group Campground

    Pyramid Lake   Emigrant Landing Day Use Area
    Castaic, California

    Pyramid Lake Emigrant Landing Day Use Area

    Pyramid Lake   Los Alamos Campground
    Castaic, California

    Pyramid Lake Los Alamos Campground

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Topanga State Park

    Cooking with Coleman: Camp stove tacos with Paulina Dao and the City Project

    Cooking with Coleman: Camp stove tacos with Paulina Dao and the City Project

    The Outbound Collective

    The Best Post-Adventure Food

    The Best Post-Adventure Food

    Aaron Rickel Jones

    Reservation Permits Needed To Reopen Trails Responsibly, Says Steve Gerhardt

    Reservation Permits Needed To Reopen Trails Responsibly, Says Steve Gerhardt

    Aaron Rickel Jones

    The Mountains Are Calling, and I Let It Go to Voicemail

    The Mountains Are Calling, and I Let It Go to Voicemail

    Aaron Rickel Jones

    Cub House Birthday Ride

    Cub House Birthday Ride

    Aaron Rickel Jones

    The Dawn Mine Loop Trail (or how to train for backpacking last minute)

    The Dawn Mine Loop Trail (or how to train for backpacking last minute)

    Aaron Rickel Jones