28 March, 2015 - Los Liones trail to Parker Mesa Overlook
Distance: 7.3 miles Gain: 1292 ft
Hiking Time: ~ 4 hours
Parker Mesa is a popular overlook of the Pacific Coast in Topanga State Park. We have hiked it from the Park’s western entrance, at Trippit Ranch, before and the views and sea air were great. For a better look at the varied landscapes inside Topanga State Park, more of a single track experience and a more intense workout – the 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 (see below). The trail starts out inconspicuously enough, looking like just about any other coastal Southern California trail – but as the single-track route winds its way over several short hills and through the scrub, it gets shadier and incredibly lush.
Meet your Leader: Due to very limited parking at the trailhead, we encourage you to carpool.
Carpooling from Santa Clarita Valley:
Meet at Towsley Canyon (24255 The Old Road, Newhall, CA) outside the gate in the Parking lot at 6:45AM. We will leave at 7:00AM sharp.
Alternatively, you can meet at the Los Liones trailhead gate (directions / photo below) for a 08:15 AM SHARP departure down the trail.
Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas - THX
Directions to Towsley Carpool carpooling spot: From Valencia, take the I-5 South to the Calgrove exit. Exit, turn right. Go through the signal and immediately turn right into the driveway for Towsley Canyon but park OUTSIDE the gate. Look for club members and leader here.
Directions to Los Liones Trailhead:
From Santa Clarita, take the I-5 South and merge right into the 405 South. Go ~16 miles south through the Sepulveda Pass. Exit the 405 at Sunset Blvd West (after the Getty). On the Sunset off ramp, make a left from right lane onto Church and an immediate right onto Sunset. Take Sunset for 8 miles, and make a right onto Los Liones, until it deadends. You will see a clearly marked trailhead/ gate (photo below).
If you have to park away from the gate parking area, leave a member of your group at the gate, so we know you have arrived and can wait while you park.
BRING: Hiking poles, if you have them, an extra layer in case it gets hot/cold, lunch/snack, water (2 - 3L), electrolytes, a camera, hat and sunscreen.
View of Santa Monica from Parker Mesa Overlook.
Adventure Pass: Not required.
Dogs: Sorry, NOT ALLOWED, as this is part of the Topanga State Park.
Rating: Easy++ / Moderate
Leader: Hola Ola