(parking is sometimes an issue... so CARPOOL if possible... you can also find parking in downtown Topanga .4 miles from the trailhead... AND WITHIN SPITTIN' DISTANCE of Abuelitas where we're goin' for dinner)
FOSSIL RIDGE follows a small creek and is mostly under a dense growth of TREES!!! ( see pics below) it's approx 8 miles round-trip; up and back (not a loop)
so if you only wanna go a couple miles and turn back, you just retrace your steps and go AT YOUR OWN PACE!!!
( there's a GREAT meditation-rock at the beginning that would be PERFECT to just chill-out for a while if you don't wanna do the entire distance )
ELEVATION GAIN 1,500 FEET; at a RELAXED pace and a break at the top for a snack it should take around 4 - 4 1/2 hours. OH... and there's FOSSILS towards the top.
WE'LL be leaving at 11:15 AM sharp...
CLICK HERE FOR MAP OF THE HIKE:
CLICK HERE FOR THE MAP TO THE PARKING LOT:
CLICK HERE FOR THE PHOTOS:
CLICK HERE FOR THE .kmz FILE:
( download it to desktop... click on it... and it will open up in Google Earth)
Inn of the 7th Ray is a romantic, new age kind of restaurant with a great little book-store attached that is perfect for dessert and coffee after a terrific day of hiking
CLICK HERE: INN OF THE 7TH RAY
TO GET THERE: HEAD up PCH from Santa Monica to Topanga Canyon (about 4 1/2 miles from the California Incline or 5 1/2 miles from the PIER) Turn RIGHT onto Topanga Canyon and go approx 4 1/2 miles and make a LEFT on OLD TOPANGA CANYON road. Approx .4 miles (four tenths) from the turn is the parking area on the left. There's LOTS of additional parking along the road if that lot is full.