Past Meetup

Snail's Pace to Eagle Rock, Cathedral Rock & Temescal Peak

This Meetup is past

11 people went

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Organizer: Mike Cheng

Location: Topanga State Park, CA

Hike difficulty: Level 6/10

Distance: 8 miles

Elevation Gain: 1250'

Time: 5 hours

Trail condition: mostly fire road, no shade

Water: You must carry a minimum of 2.5 liters.

Guest: 1

Dog: no

Weather report: Topanga State Park Weather Forecast (

Toilette: At trail head and 2.5 mile into our hike


What to Bring:

Hat, rain gear, sunscreen, energy bar, lunch, snacks, and water.

Early departure: If you need to be separated from the group for any reason, you must inform the hiker leader. Not knowing your whereabouts may prompt us to report your missing to proper authority for further actions.


Direction and Parking:

Direction: From Topanga Canyon Boulevard, turn east on Entrada Road; that’s to the right if you’re coming from Pacific Coast Highway. Follow Entrada Road by turning left at every opportunity until you arrive at Topanga State Park. The trailhead is at the end of the parking lot.

Parking: $ 10 if you park inside the park. Street parking is free.


Trail Description:

A 7.7 mile half loop in one of the Los Angeles area’s most accessible parks. Some classic, Sycamore-covered geography, with meadows, boulder formations and outcroppings, and rolling chaparral ridges. Excellent views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Mountains and the far reaching sprawl of the Los Angeles City.

The trail is mostly fire roads so the trail is open and exposed. Owing to the large parking lot and picnic area at the beginning of the trail at Trippet Ranch, it’s also very popular among the local hiking groups.

This hike is a little longer because we will be doing some rock scramble around Cathedral Rock and summit Temescal Peak.

We plan to start this hike from the parking lot heading generally northeast along the Topanga Fire Road. We will then take the Eagle Spring Fire Road to appreciate the beauty of the Eagle Rock from below. At the junction of Temescal Fire Road, we will turn right to summit Temescal Peak. Upon reaching the peak, we will head back to the intersection of Topanga Fire Road but instead of going below the rock, we will summit the rock to soak in the beautiful vista from atop the Eagle Rock.


Warning and Disclaimer:

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.


Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in this event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:


Profile Photo:

Members interested in joining this hike must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of US Hiking. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up.