Tuna Canyon Hike - Labyrinth 

Notes: 
1.6 miles out and back
🐾 Dog friendly
Best views in town
Wide trail/fire road

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Driving Directions:
From the PCH, head north on Topanga Canyon Blvd. approx. 4 miles. Turn left onto Fernwood Pacific, and head few miles up through the community to the ridgeline. At the stop sign, continue straight onto Tuna Canyon Road. Travel approx. 1.2 mi. to the dirt pullout that constitutes the trailhead entrance for the park. Note that just south of the park entrance, Tuna Canyon Road becomes one-way southbound out to the PCH and can be used to exit the area, but not to travel up to the area from the coast.

Hiking:
Now that you've parked your car off the road, enter the park through the main entrance. Hike south down the dirt service road (named Big Rock Motorway - although there's no sign) for 0.15 miles to an unmarked junction. Turn left to hike up Hearst Tank Motorway to the highest point in park at approximately 1,800 feet. Less than a mile of mostly uphill hiking will bring you to the highest peak, with the most incredible 360 degree view of the surrounding areas, from Catalina Island, to Downtown Los Angeles, to Point Mugu in Malibu, to the San Bernardino mountains. It is truly the most incredible view of all hikes. Rest on the bench under the shady oak tree and then head to the end where you will find a large labyrinth. The labyrinth is a walking meditation, a path of prayer. There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth... but since you've hiked all the way to the top, you should definitely walk to the center (and back out!) of the labyrinth.


Tuna Canyon Hike - Lower Lookout

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Notes: 
3-ish miles out and back
🐾 Dog friendly
Perfect view of Malibu, great for sunsets! 
Wide trail/fire road... but also single tracks if you venture off

Driving Directions:
Same as above. 

Hiking:
Hike south down the dirt service road (named Big Rock Motorway - although no one really knows this) for 0.15 miles to an unmarked junction. Instead of turning left and climbing the hill up to the labyrinth, we are going to turn right and head down towards the ocean. There are lots of trails down here that you can explore, and they are all beautiful.. but we are going to stay on the fire road for about 1/4 mile, we reach another split in the road. Keep right and head down the hill towards Malibu. Once you get to the next junction, instead of turning left or right, climb up that hill in front of you, and voila! A perfect lookout spot. Bring a picnic and watch the sunset here. 


Red Rock Park

Notes: 
2.5 miles out and back
🐾 Dog friendly
Lots of caves... and red rocks! 
Wide trail/fire road... but also single tracks if you venture off
Pay for parking $5 cash

Trailhead Address:
23601 West Red Rock Road, Topanga Canyon, CA 90290

Driving Directions:
From PCH, drive up Topanga Canyon Blvd and turn left onto Old Topanga Canyon Rd (right in the center of town) and then turn right onto Red Rock Rd. Stay on Red Rock Rd as it becomes narrow and unpaved. Continue past all of the “no parking” and “no trespassing” signs until the road ends at the park.

Hiking:
Once you park and pay for your car, head up into the park on the main fire road. A little ways up, on your left side, walk up the  steps/path that will open up to a few cool caves. These caves are beautiful and also fun to crawl in. Continue on the main road all the way up to the top of the hill (locals call this walk cardio hill). At the top there will be a bench and a cool view of the mountains and a little village in Calabasas area. If you're up for it, continue right up the hill, and see how far you can go! You can also hike a ways up the single track path that breaks off on your right as you go up the fire road. Highly recommended. 


Eagle Rock from Trippet Ranch

Notes: 
4-5 miles roundtrip
NOT dog friendly - don't try, you will upset the rangers and deer
Good workout, incredible giant rock with caves at the end
Wide trail/fire road and single track - you choose!

Trailhead Address:
20828 Entrada Rd, Topanga, CA 90290

Driving Directions:
From PCH, take Topanga Canyon Blvd for 4.6 miles. Turn right on Entrada Rd and drive up the mountain for one mile, following signs for Topanga State Park. There is a $10 day-use fee to park at Trippet Ranch, which is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Free parking is available along the road just outside the park. Or you could become a Docent like me and get a free annual parking pass! 

Hiking:
There are two trails to get to Eagle Rock from Trippet Ranch. 1. The main trail/ fire road, which is 2 miles from Trippet to Eagle Rock. 2. My personal favorite, Musch Trail, which is 2.5 miles from Trippet. For Musch Trail, head from the parking lot over the bridge and turn right up Musch Trail. Follow up the single track's winding path, pass Musch Campground (water fountain!). Head on up to the top of Eagle Rock and crawl into the cave (which is one of the "eagle's eyes") and look out over the state park, Pacific Palisades and the blue Pacific Ocean. On your way back down, mix it up and take the alternative route back to Trippet Ranch. 

If you're here on a Sunday in between January and July, stop by the Visitor Center, say hi to a Docent, look at some stuffed wildlife and get all your nature questions answered. 


Parker Mesa Lookout from Trippet Ranch

Notes: 
6.7 miles roundtrip
NOT dog friendly
Great views, especially at the end
Wide trail/fire road
Bring water - it's a trek

Trailhead Address:
20828 Entrada Rd, Topanga, CA 90290

Driving Directions:
Same as above, you're parking at Trippet Ranch.

Hiking:
Head up the main trailhead and at the junction, follow the sign and turn right. Head down this fire road for what feels like a very a long time until you get to the end! There, rest on one of the sweet glorious benches and take in the exceptional 360 degree views. 


Top of the World / "The Slab"/Topanga Lookout

Notes: 
2 miles out and back
🐾 Dog friendly
Incredible views of Topanga, particularly Old Canyon
Graffiti art
Bring your camera!

Trailhead Address:
Lois Ewen Overlook (type that into Maps). The trailhead is where Saddle Peak, Stunt Rd and Schueren Rd meet. 

Driving Directions:
From PCH, turn inland on Las Flores Road (across from Duke’s Restaurant). Drive 3.4 miles up this narrow twisting canyon and turn right onto Rambla Pacifico Street. After 0.6 miles, make a sharp right onto Schueren Road, and take that for 1.8 miles to the intersection with Stunt Road and Saddle Peak Road. The trailhead is on the left just past the intersection. You could also drive up Topanga Canyon Blvd from PCH, turn left on Fernwood Pacific, and then at the stop sign, turn right up Saddle Peak Rd, and travel several miles up Saddle Peak until you reach Lois Ewen Overlook. 

Hiking:
Just beyond the gated trailhead, the paved Topanga Tower Motorway crosses a junction with Fossil Ridge Trail, a 0.6-mile section of the Backbone Trail that connects to the top of Hondo Canyon Trail. Continue past this junction up the paved road toward the radio towers atop the summit. When a wide dirt trail breaks off to the left, follow this track along the ridge uphill and down to the lookout. The lookout, or "the slab," as locals call it, is a large cement foundation that is an ever-changing backdrop for graffiti artists. It's also an incredible view into the canyon. You are looking down into Red Rock Canyon, and Old Topanga Canyon. It's awesome. Great place for an Instagram photoshoot.