Join us on July 5th, 8:15 a.m. for a not a surprise hike anymore! Not to throw anyone for a loop, but with the heat and other big elevation gain hikes this weekend......we decided it would be more fun to take a leisurely almost 8 mile 1200 ft elevation gainer hike by the ocean.
We thought it would be fun to go wine tasting afterwards! If this sounds fun, then please join us!
This 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 in the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s gently graded, moderately shady, and definitely worth a look even if you have to fight crowds. Afterward, the trail meets up with the system of fire roads in Topanga State Park, and makes a relentless ascent to Parker Mesa (1525ft). On a clear day, you’ll get amazing views of the Santa Monica Bay, and often inland as far as the San Bernardino Mountains.
Parker Mesa is a popular overlook of the Pacific Coast in Topanga State Park, but most people reach it on fire roads from the Park’s western entrance. For a much better look at the varied landscapes inside Topanga State Park – and for a much more intense workout – this southern approach is a more interesting route.
The Los Liones Trail starts on Los Liones Drive in the Pacific Palisades at a clearly marked gate. This is a popular trail, but there’s plenty of free street parking, as well as two spillover lots near picnic areas and restrooms.
We will then head over to: Rosenthal Wine and Bar Patio for some wine tasting. Wine flights/tastings are $13 + tax for four wines. Click this link to find out more: http://www.rosenthalestatewines.com/tasting-room
Intermediate Hike - steady pace
APPROXIMATELY 7.5 miles
APPROXIMATELY 1300 Gain Elevation
3 hours RT
How to get there: From the Pacific Coast Highway, turn east onto Sunset Blvd. and left onto Los Liones Drive after 0.3 miles (the turn comes up quick, and it's not a major intersection - so be careful!). The trailhead is clearly marked about 0.6 miles down Los Liones Drive, just before it makes a sharp turn to the west. There are several parking areas closer to Sunset Blvd, which have a short trail connecting them to the Los Liones Trail. You do not need to pay to park on the street inside Topanga State Park here.
WHAT TO BRING- Sunscreen , bug repellent , hat , enough water at least 3 liters (it will be hot), energy snacks / drinks, good trail shoes or boots ,and camera. We will have lunch afterwards at Rosenthal's.
Weather report for the area: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Malibu+CA+90265:4:US
*******While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. ********
PLEASE NOTE: We only volunteer to organize these events to bring us together as a group, just a reminder that you are responsible for your own safety. If you cannot keep up with this group please be considerate of the other members and if you need to head back let one of us know so that we are not worried looking for you. If you must separate yourself from the group and do not see the group leader please pass on the message to one of the members to tell me.
**********With that said , our MISSION on this hike is no one is left behind, We all get back safe with no injuries . Hiking is recreational and we are there to have fun in a safe and healthy environment enjoying each other's company as we venture out into the wilderness. :)