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Eagle Rock via Trippet Ranch - Topanga State Park
Further, longer, and more leisure! We will venture off a bit further from our homestead and into the Topanga State Park - "... a California (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California) state park (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_park) located in the Santa Monica Mountains (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Monica_Mountains), within Los Angeles County (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_County,_California), California (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California). It is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Monica_Mountains_National_Recreation_Area). The park is located adjacent to the community of Topanga (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topanga,_California), within the City of Los Angeles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles,_California). Covering 11,000 acres (45 km²), with thirty-six miles of trails and unimproved roads, the park’s boundaries stretch from Topanga Canyon to Pacific Palisades (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Palisades,_California) and Mullholland Drive (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mullholland_Drive). There are more than 60 trail entrances. Topanga State Park is not only the largest park in the Santa Monica Mountains, but it's also considered to be the largest park located in the limits of a city." - per Wikipedia. The detail of our particular route for this hike is as follows: We will start up the wide fire road departing from the south end of the parking lot from the Trippet Ranch trail head. After a quarter mile, you will come to a intersection. Turn left and head northeast toward Eagle Rock. The trail is wide and well maintained continuing uphill through clusters of oaks (this area is a known hangout for the park's beloved mule deer). Just before the last batch of trees, approximately 0.25 from the start, you will pass a junction with the Santa Ynez Canyon on the right. Continue up the Eagle Springs Fire Rd. which gently climbs to reveal views of the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Ynez Canyon and the Pacific Ocean. After another 0.8 miles, the trail crests and gradually descends to a 4-way junction. Continue slightly to the left towards Eagle Rock on the wide Eagle Rock Fire Rd. We will gain about 300' over the last 1/2 mile on a rocky and rutted fire road. The road continues past the summit, so take the path to the right by the bench on the way to summit, where we will take in the view minutes to share a snack or beverage then continue back down in a timely manner. Distance: 4 miles / Out & Back Elevation Gain: 850' Difficulty: Strong beginners should be okay. The trail is very similar to the Albertson Motorway up to China Flats. Restrooms: Yes; and water too at the trail head. Parking: Free along the road outside on the park or you can park in the lot for a fee ($10.00) See directions below. Dogs: Not allowed on State Park trails. Directions: Take Topanga Canyon from the 101 toward the ocean for about 7 miles and you will see a sign on the right marking the entrance, turn left onto Entrada Rd.. From PCH take Topanga Canyon north for roughly 5 miles and turn right into Entrada Rd. Stay on Entrada for about a mile. The park entrance is clearly marked. Park for free along Entrada before you enter, even if you have to drive up above the park entrance to find a spot. Watch carefully for signs that restrict this free parking! Again, you can park inside the Park for a fee if you wish. Known Dangers include rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall, and please be careful on Eagle Rock itself. DO NOT get close to the edge at the top. Disclaimer / Release of Liability: You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgement and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.

Trippet Ranch

20825 Entrada Road Topanga State Park · Topanga, CA

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