This hike will be a sweeping tour of the southwest region of Topanga State Park. I am combining two of our regular hikes and creating one big loop. Hike will be about 11.5 miles with 2,900 feet total ascent.
We'll start earlier than usual so it will still be cool for our initial climb. Parking will be better too.
Our hike will begin at the entrance to Los Liones Canyon, but instead of heading up the canyon we will immediately head up the southern ridge to Parker Mesa Overlook with a 1400 ft gain in a mere 1.5 miles. Some parts are steep and loose.
At the top, on the Overlook, there are a couple of benches where we can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Los Angeles coastline and a snack. We'll take an extended break here to allow everyone to catch up
Here we are last July
From Parker Mesa we'll head over toward Trippet Ranch and descend Santa Ynez Canyon. Santa Ynez Canyon features chilly mountain pools, several beautiful waterfalls, and slim sandstone cliffs set in a cool oasis of lush oak and sycamore forests.
We'll take a short break at the canyon's lower trail head and then continue downstream until we get to the Wire Break trail. This will provide a strenuous 800' elevation gain in 1/2 mile (hence the earlier break) and bring us to the E. Topanga Fireroad
We will return via the hilly side trails of E Topanga Fireroad, and the beautiful Los Liones Canyon
The Los Liones Trail weaves through a lush canyon just a mile from the Pacific Ocean. Slivers of big blue sea can be seen from much of the ivy and chaparral-lined canyon
From Santa Monica or Malibu area: Take the Pacific Coast Highway and turn on Sunset Boulevard. Go 0.3 miles on Sunset, take a left on Los Liones and drive half a mile to the end of the street. Park on the right side of the street in the lot across from the church.
There is plenty of free street parking, as well as two lots near picnic areas and restrooms.