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Description - Located in the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park features 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Attractions - Located in the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park features 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The park is located entirely within the Los Angeles city limits and is considered the world's largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city. More than 11,000 acres of land are preserved in the park. The park is bound on the south by Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, on the west by Topanga Canyon, and on the east by Rustic Canyon. Numerous geologic formations can be found in the park, including earthquake faults, marine fossils, volcanic intrusions, and a wide variety of sedimentary formations. A good place to start a visit to Topanga State Park is Trippet Ranch, once a "gentleman's ranch" for a weekend getaway from the city.

Recreation - The park offers excellent recreational opportunities for hikers as well as mountain bikers (restricted to fire roads) and equestrians.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months.

Location - From Pacific Coast Highway, travel north on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, pass the post office at the center of "town," then turn right on Entrada Road. Keep to the left at every opportunity until you reach the park's main parking lot (about one mile). From the Ventura Freeway (101), exit at Topanga Canyon Boulevard, drive south over the crest of the mountains and proceed three miles to Entrada Road and turn left.


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Filed By: John (San Francisco, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Nice trails for running or hiking. Have seen southern pacific rattlesnakes. Saw a large coyote leaving the park on Nov 6, 2004.

Filed By: Julian Escardo (Calabasas, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I hicked down (from the Entrada Road entrance toward the beach using the Santa Ynez trail) and then back up (some 6 miles in all). I recommend doing it the other way around for those that want to do a power climb (from the Palisades area) and then test your speed and ability going down. A great place to rest is Eagle Rock (good view, breezy); just below, under the canopy of huge trees, you can also find a quiet place to collect your thoughts and nourish. Go early if you start at Entrada - take plenty of water \ I usually stick to the Santa Ynez trail: it offers enough challenges and diversity to call it a real workout and yet you can be visible in case of trouble. Mobile phone nightmare, so pack a whistle or some reflective strips just in case. Stay in the trails - not doing so may result in a steep fall in some cases. There are less intense trails if you want a combination of walking and hicking. I recommend Topanga Park as a place to find yourself in the middle of you might call wilderness - no cars, no tar, open views. Enjoy it............


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping First come, first served camping. Contact the park directly for more information.
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More Information

Contact Information:
Angeles Topanga Sector Headquarters, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road , Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272, Phone: 310-454-8212, Fax: 310-459-2031

Additional Information:
Los Angeles County State Parks and Beaches - In Los Angeles County, wild places exist in the middle of a major metropolitan area. The state park sites in this county cover mountains and high-desert to beaches.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area - Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is comprised of a rugged coastal landscape covered with chaparral fronts on the sandy beaches north of Los Angeles.

Links:
California State Parks - Official agency website.

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