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Topanga State Park to Parker Mesa Overlook

Intermediate
 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Fairly easy and straightforward hike with amazing views of the Pacific, the Palisades, and the entire LA basin.


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3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

Point to Point

1,535' 468 m

High

1,195' 364 m

Low

588' 179 m

Up

248' 75 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Views

Family Friendly Nice wide fire roads with space to walk next to each other. Very few steep drops off the trail.

Overview

One of the best views of the beach all the way to the mountains is the payoff at the end of this hike. Just strenuous enough to get your heart rate high, but there is nothing difficult on the route.

Need to Know

Parking costs $10, but there is some street parking outside of the lot.

Description

Parking lot costs $10, but there is some street parking a little down the road. Follow the signs for the hiking trail leaving from the back of the parking lot and heading South and East to start. When you get to the T intersection, go left.

Follow the fire road trail along ridges and around a couple small peaks until you reach another intersection and a pit toilet. Go Right at the toilet/intersection until you get to the wide open view point with a couple of benches(Parker Mesa Overlook).

Lots of mature oaks in the first mile of the hike, but this track is mostly exposed. Be ready for a lot of sun. Can easily be done in three hours round trip. One of the best hikes I have found in the Santa Monicas to do right after some rain.

Access is easy and the terrain is very well maintained and easy to move on as it is a well used fire road system.

Flora & Fauna

Large mature oak trees, lots of bushes and low brush, some manzanita, some yucca and cacti, and lots of wildflowers in the whole area in the spring.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Topanga State Park

Shared By:

Toby Tittle

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Photos

Parker Mesa Overlook looking South.
Dec 29, 2020 near Topanga, CA
Parker Mesa Overlook Spur. with permission from laollis
Sep 29, 2016 near Topanga, CA

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Jun 25, 2022
Richard Ormsby
A hot trail is rewarded with a beautiful view of the LA basin, from downtown to the Pacific.