California's Top-Rated Park for Hikers Is Inside the City of LA

According to AllTrails, a popular fitness and travel mobile app, Topanga State Park has many highly-rated trails, most of which are of moderate difficulty and vary in length from three to seven miles.

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April 2, 2024, 10:00 AM PDT

By Clement Lau


View of Topanga Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Topanga State Park in Los Angeles, California was ranked the top park for hiking in the state by hiking app AllTrails. | Steven Larsen / Adobe Stock

Topanga State Park is a California state park located in the Santa Monica Mountains and is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The park is located adjacent to the community of Topanga in the City of Los Angeles. With an area of 11,000 acres and 36 miles of trails and unimproved roads, the park's boundaries stretch from Topanga Canyon to Pacific Palisades and Mulholland Drive. 

According to AllTrails, a popular fitness and travel mobile app, Topanga State Park has many highly-rated trails, most of which are of moderate difficulty and vary in length from three to seven miles. Many trails are accessible to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders, and some also serve as fire roads. The primary trailheads are at the Trippet Ranch area passing Eagle Rock. The Backbone Trail System, a multi-use long-distance trail spanning almost 70 miles across the Santa Monica Mountains, passes through Topanga State Park. A few of the most popular trails at the park are:

  • Temescal Canyon Trail 
  • Skull Rock Loop 
  • Los Leones Trail
  • Los Leones Canyon Trail
  • Paseo Miramar Trail

For more information, please read the source article.  To find out more about trails across Los Angeles County, readers may also check out this website created and maintained by the L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation.

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