Topanga State Park, Los Angeles
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Roam the 45 sq km (17 sq mi) of Topanga State Park, where a range of microclimates supports a variety of plant and animal life. Hike, bike, or horseback ride along the state park's many trails, which can take you through woodlands of California oak and walnut, savannah grasslands, and ranch areas with large sandstone formations. The park shelters over 140 animal species, including many resident and migratory birds. A few historical buildings dot the grounds, and its nature center educates visitors about the biodiversity of the area. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Topanga State Park by using our Los Angeles vacation planner.
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We went to Topanga during our weekend in LA. We were looking for a nice/short hike and we loved it. Hiked Eagle Rock and it was totally worth it. I would recommend to start your day early and to bring... read more »
We entered the Park from Pacific Palisades and quickly were above the Malibu coastline. This is such a wonderful hike and park. The trails are really well maintained, you can hike for miles if you wan... read more »
Selecting Topanga State Park was a wise use for protecting an area offering superb leisure recreational enjoyment. Have been a Topanga resident since inception of the Topanga State Park. We enjoy it's... read more »
Topanga State Park is a beautiful place in a very good location. The parking lot off of Sunset Blvd is the most common starting point and can be very crowded on the weekends (don't forget to pay for parking). From there, there are several trails of varying difficulty and distance. Bikes are not allowed in the park itself but they are allowed on the surrounding trails which connect to the park and to dirt-Mulholland. I would recommend the park for its shorter hikes and loop. If you are looking for long half-day to full-day hikes, I would look at the Los Leones trailhead and hikes along the backbone trail, farther north in the Santa Monica mountains.
I went here to go hunting in the morning. It's a crowded place, lots of people Haike even though wee hours. It's also rather short, not very arduous so I would recommend it for people who have bad knees but still want to go and get fresh air in Los Angeles. This is the sort of thing you have to take advantage of when you lived here, we are the unique city that has the largest green space a real for us in the middle of our city specifically one that splits the valley and the WESTSIDE. it doesn't really split mid Wilshire to the downtown area from Studio City. But this is a part of that green space and in case you do fall like I said there are plenty of people and it's a big area so as there are plenty of people it isn't like you're all going in on a caravan.
Paul Van Suchtelen
Decent views and hiking trails/ Fire roads that connect throughout Santa Monica mountains and LA Basin. Not usually too crowded until you get closer to Will Rogers State Park. The roads are maintained so you can bring the younglings with a jogger stroller if you wish.
Highlight of my family's vacation in Southern California. The rangers were welcoming & helpful -- both in terms of recommending an easy/short hike for my family and in making change to pay for parking. The bathrooms and other facilities were in tip top shape. The short hike was simply gorgeous. Just fantastic.
Has hard bike trails, good bbq places, easy to reach. Posible to free parking
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