Saturday, July 25 - Parker Mesa overlook from Trippet Ranch (Topanga Canyon State Park)
Distance: ~6.7 Miles total (out and back)
Gain: ~ 375'
Hiking Time: ~3 hours
Rating: Easy +++/ Moderate - (due to periodic elevation gains and overall mileage)
This weekend we will escape the desert heat in SCV by taking in cool blue ocean views. Parker Mesa Overlook is one of the best vista points in the Santa Monica Mountains and was one of our favorites last Summer.
It serves up panoramic views over Santa Monica Bay from a 1,525-foot oceanfront ridge in Topanga State Park. The overlook is located along East Topanga Fire Road, a north-south running ridge trail spanning between Trippet Ranch, the park’s main trailhead in the north, and Paseo Miramar in the Pacific Palisades to the south.
We will enjoy the view over Santa Monica Bay to the south. Palos Verdes Peninsula juts out from the far side of the C-shaped bay. Beyond that, on a clear day, you may spot Catalina Island on the horizon.
Carpool from Santa Clarita Valley:
Meet at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall, CA, outside the Towsley gate at 7:00 AM. We will organize carpools and leave at 7:15 AM SHARP, for the Trippet Ranch trailhead.
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 the trailhead at Topanga State Park from Towsley Canyon, Santa Clarita Valley, (32 miles, ~40 mins):
Merge onto I-5 South. Keep right to continue on the I-405 S/San Diego Fwy, following signs for Santa Monica. After 9.0 miles, take the exit to US101 N, towards Ventura , drive 8.2 miles on the 101 freeway, and exit at California 27 S/Topanga Cyn Blvd. Merge on to Topanga Cyn Blvd and drive 7.8 miles south on Topanga Canyon Blvd until you see Entrada Road on the left - this road is twisty, so be on the look out for it! Turn East (left) into Entrada Road and drive up the mountain for 1 mile , following signs for Topanga State Park / Trippet Ranch, until you see cars parked on the left side of the road.
NOTE: There is a $10 Park Service day-use fee to park in the Trippet Ranch parking lot, which is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. They have lots of spaces and immaculate modern bathrooms; so if you carpool and want to support their upkeep, go for it (I usually do). Alternatively, a few hundred yards outside the park, there may be some free parking left along the road.
Meet the Hike Leader:
At Towsley Canyon to carpool (see details above) or at the Trippet Ranch Trailhead, by the parking lot bathrooms.
We plan to be at the trailhead by 8.15AM so the group can start up the trail promptly by 8.30AM. Note: Only if you have already checked in at Towsley Canyon, and are delayed in traffic, will we plan on waiting for you.
Bring: Plenty of water (3 - 4 L, if it is very hot), electrolytes, a snack, and shoes with good tread.
Hike portion is ~ 3 hours, so we hope to be back to Towsley by about 1pm.
Dogs: Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on this trail.
Adventure Pass: Not Required.
Leader: Steve I.