Category archive for Topanga State Park

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Hiking Temescal Canyon to Skull Rock

A moderately challenging 4.6 mile loop trail in the Pacific Palisades. This route takes you on the popular Temescal Canyon Trail to Temescal Falls (really just a small cascade, most often only a trickle). From there, the hike makes a strong but shaded ascent up to the ridge and to Skull Rock, a cool little rock formation with some excellent…

read » February 1, 2013
Murphy Ranch

Hiking Murphy Ranch

Note: Some of the buildings at Murphy Ranch have been demolished. Others are slated for near-future demolition and rangers may be patrolling handing out citations for those who trespass inside the buildings. Read more about the threats to this incredible unique hiking destination’s future here. A 3.8 mile loop hike into the ruins of Murphy Ranch – a small parcel…

read » July 10, 2012
Los Liones Trail

Hiking Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa in Topanga State Park

A 7.3 mile hike from the Pacific Palisades to a popular overlook in Topanga State Park. The first part of this hike – the Los Liones Trail – is one of the most lush riparian canyons I’ve seen in the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s gently graded, moderately shady, and definitely worth a look even if you have to fight crowds.…

read » January 4, 2010
Temescal Peak

Hiking Eagle Rock and Temescal Peak

A 7+ mile semi-loop in one of the Los Angeles area’s most accessible parks. Some classic, Sycamore-covered SoCal geography, with meadows, boulder formations and outcroppings, and rolling chaparral ridges. Excellent views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Mountains and — if you’re lucky — the far reaching sprawl of the Los Angeles megalopolis. Topanga State Park is the largest…

read » January 13, 2008