We will repeat this hike we did exactly a year ago to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Bud's birthday and the meeting of friends! Couldn't make it last year and not sure what to expect? Check out the photos (http://www.meetup.com/The-Weekday-Trailblazers/photos/856401/13724166/) and sign up now!
Topanga State Park is an urban wilderness sitting in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains. The often spectacular terrain varies from rocky peaks and canyons to gentle meadows with scattered oak and chaparral forests. On this hike, we'll see some of the best examples of each of these.
We'll start at Trippet Ranch, heading east on the Musch trail through grassy meadows, oak groves and overhead chaparral. Using a well-travelled equestrian trail, we'll connect to Cheney Fireroad (although it's more of a trail these days) to reach the rocky overlook of Eagle Rock. After pausing for a snack and a good look at the view, we'll head back to the start on Musch Trail, but continue on Dead Horse Trail almost to Topanga Canyon Road. From there we return to the cars, but we'll take a different route for the last half mile or so. Confused? Come on out and see how it all fits together!
The hike overall is about 8.3 miles round trip with about 2100 feet of climbing. We'll be going past the parking area after 5.8 miles (1600' of climbing) so there is an option to stop there and skip the Dead Horse Trail. If you park outside the park, you will have to hike another half mile total to get to and return from the meeting point.
Directions: Meet at the Trippet Ranch parking area near the bathrooms. There is a $10 fee for parking. You can park just outside the park on Entrada Road and hike the quarter mile to the meeting area. This Google Map (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=34.093539,-118.587826&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=18&sll=34.093211,-118.588695&sspn=0.00307,0.004485&ie=UTF8&ll=34.092864,-118.588818&spn=0.006139,0.004903&t=k&z=17)will get you to parking area. Briefly,
From the 101 Freeway, exit at Topanga Canyon Blvd (from the west, exit at Ventura Blvd and turn right onto Topanga Canyon Blvd after 1/2 mile) and drive south for 7.6 miles. Turn left onto Entrada Rd and follow the signs up the hill 1 mile to the park. Be carefull on Entrada because it makes several turns.
From the PCH, follow Topanga Canyon Blvd north 4.7 miles and turn right onto Entrada Rd. Follow it 1 mile up the hill to the park, following the signs.
The locale will not be the only thing green out there, as we're requiring EVERYONE to sport some green on this hike. Those clever, saucy few who claim to be wearing green we can't see will be required to prove it, so don't be pulling any blarney on us.