Past Meetup

Parker Mesa Overlook via Los Liones Trail - the back way

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Parker Mesa Overlook

575 Los Liones Dr · Pacific Palisades, CA

How to find us

At the trailhead - NO CHURCH PARKING. Will depart at 9:10am.

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Organizer: Rimona Seay

Location: Pacific Palisades, CA

Hike difficulty: Level 7/10

Distance: 7.3 miles

Elevation gain: 1700 ft

Time: 4 hours

Trail condition: dirt, uneven surfaces, fire road. No bathroom on trails but plenty at the trailhead. PLEASE WEAR SHOES WITH GOOD TRACTIONS.

Water: Minimum 2 liters (If you bring less than this amount, you will be in big trouble.)

Guest: +1

Dog: No

Toilette: at the first turnout before the trailhead

Fee: None

Adventure Pass: None


What to bring: Hat, Sunglasses, Snack, Water, Sunblock

What to wear: Light clothing, jacket (if you get cold easily), hiking/trail running shoes

Direction: From the Pacific Coast Highway, turn east onto Sunset Blvd. and left onto Los Liones Drive after 0.3 miles

Parking: Plenty of free parking along the street . DO NOT USE THE CHURCH'S PARKING LOT


Trail / Venue Description:

A 7.3 mile 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 I’ve seen in the Santa Monica Mountains. We will not use the popular trail, but the back way and it's rugged, and difficult. We will use the usual trail to descent 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.


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If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

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