Topanga State Park, Los Angeles

4.7
#4 of 12 in Nature in Los Angeles
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. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Los Angeles trip simple and quick.
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  • Really enjoyed the hiking and scenery at this hiking spot. We started off on one of the more challenging hills thinking we could handle it but that did not last long and we went to something simpler. ...  more »
  • We went halfway on the lookout trial and were rewarded with a view of the ocean, beach, and downtown LA in the background. Good 1.5 hour hike  more »
  • Topanga State Park is a gem - located centrally to the San Fernando Valley and the Westside, the park offers miles and miles of gorgeous, easily accessible trails. Trippet Ranch is the main access poi...  more »
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  • Love this place. Go hiking here regularly. Used to live in Topanga for a year or so and felt like being in countryside while within half hour of the city. Lots of great hikes and trails. Lots of wildlife and great views. If you go, please keep it clean. Dogs not allowed. Enjoy
  • Topanga State Park is open from 8am – Sunset. Be aware that dogs are not allowed on the trails. The park features some easily manageable trails. The trails have trees at some point which makes it look like a small fairy tale wood. Be aware that there are rattle snakes, so careful where you step. I actually encountered one.
  • Pets are not allowed as they can disrupt the wildlife at this location however the hikes here are wonderful. There are multiple trails to take and most are fairly easy. The views are amazing.
  • Hiked loop trail, waterfall and ridge, been going for years. Great short hike with some moderate elevation gain, about 900 feet over a mile or so, total loop just under 3 miles. Great views of DTLA and the ocean from the top, snow on the mountains today. This is the gateway to miles of fire road hiking as well. No dogs past the bottom Temescal Gateway Park. I have seen rattlesnakes a handful of times, but they wont bug you if you leave them alone. Just be aware that they are there and be careful, particularly if you go off trail. Parking is $10 and they do enforce it, but there is always open free parking on Sunset.
  • Really nice. The trail looks well kept. One sad thing is all of the trails to the left of the path don't allow dogs, so if you bring your dog on a hike you've really only got 1 option.

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