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Parker Mesa Overlook

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (47) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A one-day adventure into the southern hills of Topanga State Park to arguably the best view around.


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7.5

Miles

12.1

KM

Out and Back

1,532' 467 m

High

270' 82 m

Low

1,469' 448 m

Up

1,471' 448 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Overview

For anyone who enjoys beautiful trips through the dry, chaparral hills of California, this out-and-back to the Parker Mesa Overlook is not to be missed. The route is a moderate length for a solid day trip and provides nice views along the way.

The final reward of the Parker Mesa Overlook makes the uphill effort all worthwhile. There are benches and some space to spread out a beautiful picnic lunch or opt for a sunrise/sunset trip for stunning photographs.

Description

To access this featured hike, head up Los Liones Drive to the Los Liones Trailhead on the north side of Castellammare. There is a pull-off parking area at the trailhead.

The trail starts off gradually with a couple of short and steep climbs while it snakes through the dense bushes of the chaparral ecosystem. After a little more than a mile, the trail ends at the East Topanga Fire Road.

Turn left onto the East Topanga Fire Road and continue the uphill climb along the ridgeline to the north. The higher the trail gets, the better the views become, but the best one is yet to come.

From there, turn onto the East Topanga Fire Road from the Los Liones Trail and head north for a mile until the trail begins to level off with some downhill sections. A little less than a mile further, look to the left for the Parker Mesa Overlook Spur.

Head south on the Parker Mesa Overlook Spur for a half mile until you reach the climactic view from the Parker Mesa Overlook. Once you've refueled and taken in the view of this striking vista, head back the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Intact chaparral ecosystem with woody shrubs.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Topanga State Park

Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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  4.5 from 47 votes

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Photos

Sunset over the Santa Monica Bay from the East Topanga Fire Road. with permission from laollis
Sep 29, 2016 near Topanga, CA
Parker Mesa Overlook Spur. with permission from laollis
Sep 29, 2016 near Topanga, CA

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Jun 15, 2020
Amy Hartman
7.5mi — 3h 00m
Oct 19, 2019
Braden Batsford
10.8mi — 2h 53m
Oct 12, 2019
Allen A
Aug 11, 2019
Jessica Burch
Beautiful hike! 7.5mi — 3h 30m
Jul 7, 2019
Gold B
May 17, 2019
John Barber
Apr 28, 2019
Amit Gaur
Apr 27, 2019
Sara Lotz