Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Santa ynez Falls via Trippet Ranch

Date:
April 23, 2012

Nearest City:
Topanga Canyon, CA

Driving Directions:
From the 101 Freeway take the exit for CA-27 south/ Topanga Canyon Blvd. Follow this road through the canton for 8 miles and make a left onto Entrada Road. Continue for 0.7 mile and make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road. Follow for 0.3 mile more and make a left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot.

From PCH (1 Freeway ) depending on your direction down PCH make a right or left toward CA-27 north/ south Topanga canyon Blvd.  Continue into the canyon for 4.6 miles and make a slight right onto Entrada Road. In 0.7 miles make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road and another left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot. Adventure passes are NOT excepted.

Hours:
8:00am - sunset
*If you are planning on watching the sunset from Parker Mesa Overlook make sure to park outside the date or you will be locked in. Also bring a flashlight to find you way back down the fire road to your car.

Difficulty:
Easy- Moderate

Why?
The trail is all down hill from the fire road meaning it will be all uphill on your way back out of the canyon.

Elevation:
Total Gain 250 ft.

Seasons:
Year around- always make sure to check current weather conditions for the area you will be hiking in.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
There is a $10 parking fee, pay at the booth that is open on busy days before entering the parking lot or it its closed par at the self pay things in the parking lot. Adventure passes are NOT excepted . There is a ranger station in the parking lot so don't skip out on the parking fee!!! For free parking park on the road outside of the gate.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile-  No service at the parking lot but I was getting spotty service along the trails.

Waterfall Height:
18 ft.

Trails:
*All the trail miles listed are one way unless it says otherwise and start at Trippet Ranch*
Santa Ynez Trail (waterfall)- 2 Miles
Temescal Peak- 5 Miles
Trippet Ranch to Los Liones Trailhead- 12.2 Miles round trip
Eagle Rock- 1.8 Miles
Musch Trail- 2 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook (Trippet Ranch)- 2.8 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook (Los Liones)- 3.2 Miles
Temescal Conference Grounds- 7.8 Miles
Pacific Palisades- 4.6 Miles
Dead Horse Trail- 1.4 Miles
Will Rogers State Park- 8.5 Miles

 Trail Condition:
The trails in the Trippet Ranch area of Topanga State Park are in excellent condition, no trash anywhere! I think this may have the first time ever! Didn't notice a single bit of trash an the trails. This trail is easy to follow for most of it but once down in the canyon the trail crosses the creek a lot and you can easily take the wrong trails and get lost.

Trail Directions:
From Trippet Ranch Parking Lot head up the main trail past the Nature Center to the first fork in the road, go left like the arrow points. Once at the main junction (mapped and signed) go left and follow the fire road to the signed trail for Santa Ynez Trail. Take this trail down to the canyon floor where it will eventually dump you out at a squared sign with "waterfall" on all for signs follow where the arrows point. From this point on to the falls pay very close attention to where you are going as there are trail leading off to nowhere. The trail crosses the creek a whole bunch till eventually the trail leaves the creek and head up and out above the trees the trail splits a few times and goes off to other large rocks, you have gone the wrong way. head back to just when the trail left the creek and went up. Theres a large boulder (see picture) go past this large boulder following the creek deeper into the canyon, theres not really a trail for this section just keep following the creek. Soon you will hit a tiny waterfall, sometimes there is a rope, but the rangers come and take them down. Climb up the boulder to the left of the fall and continue down the canyon. Eventually the canyon ends at the waterfall. Enjoy and head back the way you came.

Other Activities:
Hiking
Trail Running
Walking
Dongs NOT allowed on trails and fire roads in Topanga Canyon FOLLOW THE RULES!
Camping (musch campgrounds)
Horseback riding
Mountain Bikes
Picnic/ BBQ

Links:

Jessie's Thoughts:
I did this hike months ago with a group of kids from the Pacific Palisades entrance. Look for my blog post to hike that trail. The first time we hiked this trail it was easy going, at first. Once past the squared waterfall sign the trail crosses the creek many times making it hard to follow the trail. There are other trails leading off the trail and near the end the trail heads up to some large rocks. Theres a network of trails up there and with kids it was a little scarey. After a very long time of looking for the correct trail, we figured out the trail doesn't go up but then follows the creek. So for the last part of the trail there was no trail just following the creek to the waterfall. Coming from Trippet was a lot better, the trail is a fire road for the first part then turns into a trail leading along the ridge line down into the canyon where it eventually drops you at the squared sign that says waterfall on it. From there is where we encountered the same issues as last time but quickly remembered what ways to go and it was a lot easier. I recommend this trail to everyone, its a great trail to enjoy with the family, BUT do this trail twice, I would do it from both entrances the second time do it from Trippet and it will be much more fun and less stressful so you will be able to enjoy the hike better and notice all the things you missed the first time that make this trail such a great hike!

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Temescal Peak via Trippet Ranch

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Date:
April 20, 2012

Nearest City:
Topanga Canyon, CA

Driving Directions:
From the 101 Freeway take exit CA-27 south/ Topanga Canyon Blvd. Follow this road through the canyon for 8 miles and make a left onto Entrada Road. Continue for 0.7 mile and make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road. Follow for 0.3 mile more and make a left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot

From PCH (1 Freeway) depending on your direction down PCH make a right or left toward CA-27 north/ south Topanga Canton Blvd. Continue into the canyon for 4.6 miles and make a slight right onto Entrada Road. In 0.7 mile make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road and another left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot. Adventure passes are NOT excepted.

Hours:
Sunrise - sunset
*If you are planning on watching the sunset from Parker Mesa Overlook, make sure to park outside the gate or you will be locked in. also bring a flashlight to find your way back down the fire road to your car.

Difficulty:
Easy- Moderate

Why?
This trail is on a fire road for most of the hike but there is a slight incline for sections of the trail and some may find this difficult. 

Elevation:
Temescal Peak- 2,129 ft
Total Gain- 926 ft

Seasons:
Year around- always make sure to check current weather conditions for the area you will be hiking in.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
There is a $10 parking fee, pay at the booth that is open on busy days before entering the parking lot or if its closed pay at the self pay thing in the parking lot. Adventure passes are NOT excepted. There is a ranger station in the parking lot so don't skip out on the parking fee!! For free parking park on the road outside of the gate.

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- No service at the parking lot but I was getting spotty service along the trails.

Trails:
*All the trail miles listed are one way, unless it says otherwise* 
Temescal Peak- 5 Miles
Trippet Ranch to Los Liones Trailhead0 12. 2 Miles round trip
Eagle Rock-1.8 Miles
Musch Trail- 2 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook (Trippet Ranch)- 2.8 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook (Los Liones)- 3. 2 Miles
Santa Ynez Trail (waterfall)- 2 Miles
Temescal Conference Grounds- 7.8 Miles
Pacific Palisades- 4.6 Miles
Dead Horse Trail- 1.4 Miles
Will Rogers State Park- 8.5 Miles

Trail Condition:
The trails in the Trippet Ranch area of Topanga State Park are in excellent condition, no trash anywhere! I think this may have been the first time ever! Didn't notice a single bit of trash on the trails. All the trails are very well marked with signs, making it every easy to not need detailed trail directions. 

Trail Directions:
From the parking lot of Trippet Ranch head up the main trail past the nature center to the left. at the first fork in the trail follow the arrow and go left. Once at the mane signed junction head left and continue on for a while to the Eagle Rock, Eagle Springs Fire Road, and Musch Trail junction. Take the trail to the right, Eagle Springs Fire Road. The fire road go beneath Eagle Rock and window up to Hub Junction. Once at Hub Junction, there is a bathroom and trashcans. Take a look at the large map of the park and continue right down the Temescal Ridge Fire Road. In 0.7 mile there is a signed trail to the left, Take the backbone trail a very short distance to a small trail to the left leading up through the brush to Temescal Peak. There are two poles sticking out the top and are visible from the trail below. 

Other Activities:
Hiking
Walking
Trail Running
Mountain Bikes
Dogs are NOT allowed on trails and fire road in Topanga State Park!!! FOLLOW THE RULES!
Camping (Musch Campgrounds)
Horseback Riding
Picnic/ BBQ

Links:

Jessie's Thoughts:
Like all the trails in this canyon this was a great trail, I recommend it for families with young  children. This is a great easy hike and the trail to the summit is extremely easy. 

Map:

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Trippet Ranch to Los Liones Trailhead

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Date: 
April  14, 2012
Nearest City:
Pacific Palisades, CA
Driving Directions:
From the 101 Freeway take exit for CA-27 south/ Topanga Canyon Blvd. Follow this road through the canyon for 8 miles and make a left onto Entrada Road, continue for 0.7 mile and make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road and follow for 0.3 mile more and make a left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot.

From PCH (1 Freeway) depending on your directions make a right or left toward CA-27 North/ South Topanga Canyon Blvd. and in 148 feet turn right onto CA-27 north/ south Topanga Canyon Blvd. continue into the canyon for 4.6 miles and make a slight right onto Entrada Road. In 0.7 mile make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road  and another left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at parking lot. Adventure Passes are NOT excepted.
Getting to the Los LIones Trailhead:
From PCH take Sunset Blvd. and make a Left onto Los Liones Drive. Park on the right side of the street and the trail starts at the end of the street.
Hours:
Sunrise - sunset
*If you are planning on watching the sunset from Parker Mesa Overlook, make sure to park outside the gate or you will be lock in, and bring a flashlight to find your way back*
Difficulty:
Moderate- Strenuous
Why?
 The first three miles if you start at Los Liones is all up hill. Starting at Trippet Ranch this part is great, all down hill, but keep in mind you have to go back the way you came. 

Elevation: 
Parker Mesa Overlook- 1,525 ft.
Seasons:
Year around- always make sure to check current weather conditions for the area you will be in.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
There is a $10 parking fee, pay at the booth that is open on busy days before entering the parking lot or if its closed pay at the self pay thing in the parking lot. Adventure passes are NOT accepted. There is a ranger station in the parking lot so don't skip out on the parking fee!
There is no fee to park at the Los Liones Trailhead
Cell Service:
T-Mobile- No service at the parking lot, but I was getting spotty service along all of the trails. Out of all the trails I hiked this day in this canyon, Parker Mesa Overlook got the best cell service. 

Trails:
*All the trail miles listed are one way*
Traippet Ranch to Los Liones Trailhead- 12.2 Miles round trip
Eagle Rock Trail- 1.8 Miles
Musch Trail- 2 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook (Trippet Ranch)- 2.8 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook (Los Liones)- 1.3 Miles
Santa Ynez Trail (waterfall)- 2 Miles
Mulholland Drive- 4.6 Miles
Temescal Conference Grounds- 7.8 Miles
Pacific Palisades- 4.6 Miles
Dead Horse Trail- 1.3 Miles
Will Rogers State Park- 8.5 Miles
 Trail Conditions:
The trails in the Trippet Ranch area on Topanga State Park are in excellent condition! no trash anywhere, I think this may have been the first time EVER I didn't notice a single piece of trash on the trails. All the trails are very well marked with signs, making it easy enough to not need trail directions.
Trail Directions:
Starting at the Trippet Ranch Parking lot head up the wide trail past the nature center and follow the trail sign pointing to the left. At the first signed junction go right and continue on for a few miles to Parker Mesa Overlook junction. Take a short 0.5 mile detour to Parker Mesa Overlook and rest for a while and enjoy the views of the ocean. After head back to the junction and head on down the fire road. The next three miles is all down hill and will wind around the mountains for a while till it reaches a large junction with Los Liones Trail. Take this trail through the brush, giving you much needed shade along this very exposed fire road. Once at the trailhead continue down the road a short distance to the bathrooms then head back the way you came. 

Other Activities:
Hiking
Walking
Trail Running
Mountain Bikes (Bikes are ONLY allowed on fire roads, most trails have no bike signs)
Dog are NOT allowed on trails and fire road in Topanga State Park!!! FOLLOW THE RULES!
Camping (Musch Campgrounds)
Horseback Riding
Picnic/ BBQ


Links:
Facebook (photos)
YouTube (Videos)
Etsy (Store)
Weather.com
Maps
Topanga State Park

Jessie's Thoughts:
This trial like all the others I have hiked in Topanga Canyon is a great trail for every type of hiker, biker or runner. I do the Los Liones section of this trail at least once a week for the great steep climb for three miles. 
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Parker Mesa Overlook via Los Liones Trail

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Date:
April  14, 2012
Nearby City:
Pacific Palisades, CA
 
Driving Directions:
From the CA-1 Freeway/ PCH make a Right/ Left (depending on direction you are coming from) onto West Sunset Blvd. and a left onto Los Liones Dr.  follow for 0.5 mile and park at the end of the street near the church.

Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty:
Moderate- Strenuous

Why?
The best way I could think of to describe this trail is, 3 miles of uphill. For a large section of the Los Liones trail to Parker mesa overlook has a steady- steep  incline.

Elevation:
1292ft Gain

Seasons:  
Year around- always make sure to check current weather conditions for the area you will be in.
 
Parking/ Entrance Fee:
None

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- I had no service in the canyon but once the trail was above the trees and on the fire road I had spotty service. 

Trails:
Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook- 3.5 miles one way
Trippet Ranch to Parker Mesa Overlook- 2.7 miles one way
Trippet Ranch to Los Liones Trailhead- 12. 2 miles RT

Trail Condition:
While hiking many times in sections of Topanga Canyon State Park I have found it is one of the cleanest parks I have hiked in. This trail was very clean, with trash cans and benches along the trail and very well signed, making it very hard to get lost. 

Trail Directions:
Walk to the end of the street past the gates and onto the trail leading into the brush. Take this trail as it climbes up and out of the canyon for 1.3 miles to a large junction with the East Topanga Fire Road. Take a rest on the bench and you soak up the views. Keep left at the junction and take the fire road, winding through the Topanga canyon and at 3.2 miles from the start the fire road hits another junction with the Parker Mesa Overlook. Take this trail to the end where there are two benches to rest on and enjoy the views. Return the way you came.


Other Activities:
Hiking
Walking
Trail Running
Mountain Bikes (Bikes are ONLY allowed on fire roads, most trails have no bike signs)
Dog are NOT allowed on trails and fire road in Topanga State Park!!! FOLLOW THE RULES!
Camping (Musch Campgrounds)
Horseback Riding

Jessie's Thoughts:
Great work out hike! I love this trail for early morning workout. If you are looking for a tough challenge hike this or other trails starting from Los Liones. 

Maps:
 

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Inspiration Point Loop

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Date:
April 17, 2012
Nearby City:
Pacific Palisades, CA
Park Name:
Will Rogers State Park
Driving Directions:
From the CA-1 Freeway/PCH, turn Right or Left depending on your direction (can only turn one way) onto Chautauqua Blvd. and then a Right onto Sunset Blvd. In 0.6 mile turn left onto Will Rogers Sate Park Road, in 0.6 miles make a slight right onto Will Rogers State Park Road and follow to the booth. Parking is $12
Hours:
8am - Sunset
Difficulty:
Easy- Moderate 
Why?
Slight incline for a large part of the trail.
Elevation:
325 ft Gain
Seasons:
Year around, always make sure to check current weather conditions for the area you will be in.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
$12 to park
Cell Service:
T-Mobile- I had spotty service along the whole trail.
Trails:
Inspiration Point Loop- 2.25 miles 

Trail Conditions:
The trail is a fire road the whole way to the top then becomes a trail on your way back down to the parking area. I trail is in excellent condition, no trash, plenty of benches along the trail and signs so it is very hard to get lost!

Trail Directions:
From the parking lot head up the paved road along the side of a large field in front of the Rogers home. Soon there will be what looks like a small house to your right continue around to the other side of the building where there is a signed trailhead. Follow the dirt road as it winds around the mountain up and out of the canyon. Continue along this dirt road for a while till you reach junction with a large map of the area and three trails leading off. The one to the left is a short cut trail to Inspiration Point, the one next to that; the middle trail will take you to Inspiration Point. The third trail all the way to the right goes off in another direction. Take one of the two trail leading to the top and in a few minutes you will be there! Once you have rested and taken in the views, head back the way you came or take the trail on the other side of Inspiration point down into the canyon, giving you some much needed shade on the hotter days. Take this trail for a short distance back down to the parking area.

Other Activities:
Walking
Equestrian
Horse back riding lessons
Polo Field
Trail Running
Mountain Bikes
Picnic/BBQ


Jessie's Thoughts:
The Will Rogers State Park is a great place to take the family on the weekend or to go get some exercise. From horse back riding lessons to a picnic with the family this park has a lot to offer the people who go there. 
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Waterfalls in Southern California

The list below is a list of waterfalls in Southern California, Click on a name to see more information on that waterfall, if you don't see a waterfall listed please comment with the name and location below so it can be added to the list.

Chiquito Falls
Sycamore Canyon Falls
Millard Falls
Cooper Canyon Falls
Solstice Canyon Falls
Soldier Creek Falls
Big Falls
Rose Vallet Falls
Kitchen Creek Falls
Cedar Creek Falls
Mildred Falls
La Jolla Canyon Falls
Nojoqui Falls 
Tangerine Falls (West fork cold spring falls)
Newton Canyon Falls
Temescal Canyon falls
Tahquitz Falls 
Bonita Falls
Santa Ynez Falls
Moss Grotto Falls (Ribbon Rock Falls)
Grand Chasm Falls
Thalehaha Falls and Roaring Rift Falls
Leontine Falls
Glen Canyon Falls (Sometimes Spelled Glenn)
Lewis Falls (Soldier Creek)
Placerita Creek Falls
Devild Canyon Falls
Darlin' Donna Falls
Saucer Branch Punchbowl
Stoddard Canyon Falls
Holy Jim Falls
Falls Canyon Falls


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Friday, April 13, 2012

Parker Mesa Overlook

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Date:
April 7, 2012

Nearby City:
Topanga Canyon, CA

Driving Directions:
From the 101 Freeway take exit for CA-27 south/ Topanga Canyon Blvd. Follow this road through the canyon for 8 miles and make a left onto Entrada Road, continue for 0.7 mile and make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road and follow for 0.3 mile more and make a left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot.

From PCH (1 Freeway) depending on your directions make a right or left toward CA-27 North/ South Topanga Canyon Blvd. and in 148 feet turn right onto CA-27 north/ south Topanga Canyon Blvd. continue into the canyon for 4.6 miles and make a slight right onto Entrada Road. In 0.7 mile make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road  and another left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at parking lot. Adventure Passes are NOT excepted.

Getting to the Los LIones Trailhead:
From PCH take Sunset Blvd. and make a Left onto Los Liones Drive. Park on the right side of the street and the trail starts at the end of the street.

Hours:
Sunrise - sunset
*If you are planning on watching the sunset from Parker Mesa Overlook, make sure to park outside the gate or you will be lock in, and bring a flashlight to find your way back*
Difficulty:
Easy- Moderate

Why?
Most of the trails in the Trippet area of Topanga State Park are very easy trails with little to slightly moderate inclines.

Elevation:
Parker Mesa Overlook- 1,525 ft.
Total Gain- 650 ft.

Seasons:
Year around- always make sure to check current weather conditions for the area you will be in.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
There is a $10 parking fee, pay at the booth that is open on busy days before entering the parking lot or if its closed pay at the self pay thing in the parking lot. Adventure passes are NOT accepted. There is a ranger station in the parking lot so don't skip out on the parking fee!

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- No service at the parking lot, but I was getting spotty service along all of the trails. Out of all the trails I hiked this day in this canyon, Parker Mesa Overlook got the best cell service.  
Trails:
*All the trail miles listed are one way*
Eagle Rock Trail- 1.8 Miles
Musch Trail- 2 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook (Trippet Ranch)- 2.8 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook (Los Liones)- 1.3 Miles
Santa Ynez Trail (waterfall)- 2 Miles
Mulholland Drive- 4.6 Miles
Temescal Conference Grounds- 7.8 Miles
Pacific Palisades- 4.6 Miles
Dead Horse Trail- 1.3 Miles
Will Rogers State Park- 8.5 Miles

 Trail Conditions:
The trails in the Trippet Ranch area on Topanga State Park are in excellent condition! no trash anywhere, I think this may have been the first time EVER I didn't notice a single piece of trash on the trails. All the trails are very well marked with signs, making it easy enough to not need trail directions.

Trail Directions:
This whole area has signs all over and trail directions are really not needed, but here are trail directions to Eagle Rock and Eagle Springs Fire Road Loop from Trippet Ranch Parking lot.

From the parking lot take the trail to the right of the gated of section up the dirt road past a house on the right and a visiter center/ house on the left. At the first fork go left, then at the second (two huge signs) go right. Follow the fire road as it winds along the side of the mountains offering amazing views of the ocean and surrounding areas. After about 2 miles the fire road ends at a junction. The trial to the left is the Los Liones trail, the small trail leading off toward the ocean past some trash cans is the trail. Continue along this trail for 0.5 mile more. There are two benches at the end to sit and relax. I did this trail later in the day, I recommend this as a morning trail as it is very exposed. ALSO there are only two benches so SHARE! When I finally got up there and all I wanted to do was sit and enjoy the views. I found that one bench had a couple deeply involved in themselves, and the other bench crammed full of people, PLEASE keep in mind you are NOT the only person on the trails so please be aware of your surroundings!!!

Other Activities:
Hiking
Walking
Trail Running
Mountain Bikes (Bikes are ONLY allowed on fire roads, most trails have no bike signs)
Dog are NOT allowed on trails and fire road in Topanga State Park!!! FOLLOW THE RULES!
Camping (Musch Campgrounds)
Horseback Riding
Picnic/ BBQ

Ranger Information:
Great short hike with minimal elevation gain. The trail is very exposed to the sun and there is limited shade along the trail so make sure to wear a hat and sunscreen! This hike is great for families with young children or for the couples who want a romantic spot overlooking the ocean, just make sure to bring a flashlight and park outside of the gated parking lot if you plan on staying for the sunset.

Map:


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Monday, April 9, 2012

Musch Trail (Musch Camp)

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Date:
April 7, 2012

Nearby City:
Topanga Canyon, CA

Driving Directions:
From the 101 Freeway take exit for CA-27 south/ Topanga Canyon Blvd. Follow this road through the canyon for 8 miles and make a left onto Entrada Road, continue for 0.7 mile and make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road and follow for 0.3 mile more and make a left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot.

From PCH (1 Freeway) depending on your directions make a right or left toward CA-27 North/ South Topanga Canyon Blvd. and in 148 feet turn right onto CA-27 north/ south Topanga Canyon Blvd. continue into the canyon for 4.6 miles and make a slight right onto Entrada Road. In 0.7 mile make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road  and another left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at parking lot. Adventure Passes are NOT excepted.

Hours:
Sunrise - sunset
*If you are planning on watching the sunset from Parker Mesa Overlook, make sure to park outside the gate or you will be lock in, and bring a flashlight to find your way back*

Difficulty:
Easy- Moderate

Why?
Most of the trails in the Trippet area of Topanga State Park are very easy trails with little to slightly moderate inclines.

Elevation:
Total Gain- 620 ft.

Seasons:
Year around- always make sure to check current weather conditions for the area you will be in.
Parking/ Entrance Fee:
There is a $10 parking fee, pay at the booth that is open on busy days before entering the parking lot or if its closed pay at the self pay thing in the parking lot. Adventure passes are NOT accepted. There is a ranger station in the parking lot so don't skip out on the parking fee!

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- No service at the parking lot, but I was getting spotty service along all of the trails. I found if I was above the canyon I had service. 

Trails:
*All the trail miles listed are one way*
Eagle Rock Trail- 1.8 Miles
Musch Trail- 2 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook- 2.8 Miles
Santa Ynez Trail (waterfall)- 2 Miles
Mulholland Drive- 4.6 Miles
Temescal Conference Grounds- 7.8 Miles
Pacific Palisades- 4.6 Miles
Dead Horse Trail- 1.3 Miles
Will Rogers State Park- 8.5 Miles

Trail Conditions:
The trails in the Trippet Ranch area on Topanga State Park are in excellent condition! no trash anywhere, I think this may have been the first time EVER I didn't notice a single piece of trash on the trails. All the trails are very well marked with signs, making it easy enough to not need trail directions.   

Trail Directions:
This whole area has signs all over and trail directions are really not needed, but here are trail directions to Eagle Rock and Eagle Springs Fire Road Loop from Trippet Ranch Parking lot.

From Trippet Ranch Parking lot-
Head toward the bathrooms in the parking lot, next to them is a paved road , take this road past the trailhead sign and take the Musch Meadow Trail to Musch Camp. The trail goes from a nice hilly meadow to down in the canyon covered by trees offering much needed shade on the hotter days. Follow the trail to Musch Camp by following the trail signs once at Musch Camp take a rest and a look around then continue on by walking through the camp past the horse corrals and picking up the trail again. The trail goes down into the shaded canyon and back out above it a few times before eventually reaching the Eagle Junction. Here you can go left and head up to Eagle Rock, take Eagle Springs Fire Road to Hub Junction, or take the trail to the right back to the parking lot. I did this trail in reverse starting from Eagle Junction.
Ranger Information:


Other Activities:
Hiking
Walking
Trail Running
Mountain Bikes (Bikes are ONLY allowed on fire roads, most trails have no bike signs)
Dog are NOT allowed on trails and fire road in Topanga State Park!!! FOLLOW THE RULES!
Camping (Musch Campgrounds)
Horseback Riding
Picnic/ BBQ


Jessie's Thoughts:
Musch trail is great! Its basically two trails in one, If you start from Trippet Ranch Parking lot the trail is for the most part all up hill, nothing steep just a nice incline for most of the way. If you start from Eagle Junction and head toward Trippet Ranch Parking lot its mostly down hill with a few short inclines to keep your body working. So pick the way you want to go and combine a few of the other trails to make this trail as long or short as you want!

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Eagle Rock - Eagle Springs Loop

Photos: To view all of the pictures from this hike click here to go to the photo gallery
Videos: To view videos from this hike click here to go to YouTube


Date:
April 7, 2012

Nearby City:
Topanga Canyon, CA

Driving Directions:
From the 101 Freeway take exit for CA-27 south/ Topanga Canyon Blvd. Follow this road through the canyon for 8 miles and make a left onto Entrada Road, continue for 0.7 mile and make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road and follow for 0.3 mile more and make a left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at the parking lot.

From PCH (1 Freeway) depending on your directions make a right or left toward CA-27 North/ South Topanga Canyon Blvd. and in 148 feet turn right onto CA-27 north/ south Topanga Canyon Blvd. continue into the canyon for 4.6 miles and make a slight right onto Entrada Road. In 0.7 mile make a slight left to stay on Entrada Road  and another left to stay on Entrada Road. The road ends at parking lot. Adventure Passes are NOT excepted.

Hours:
Sunrise - sunset
*If you are planning on watching the sunset from Parker Mesa Overlook, make sure to park outside the gate or you will be lock in, and bring a flashlight to find your way back*

Difficulty:
Easy- Moderate

Why?
Most of the trails in the Trippet area of Topanga State Park are very easy trails with little to slightly moderate inclines.

Elevation:
Total Gain- 800 ft.

Seasons:
Year around- always make sure to check current weather conditions for the area you will be in.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
There is a $10 parking fee, pay at the booth that is open on busy days before entering the parking lot or if its closed pay at the self pay thing in the parking lot. Adventure passes are NOT accepted. There is a ranger station in the parking lot so don't skip out on the parking fee!

Cell Service:
T-Mobile- No service at the parking lot, but I was getting spotty service along all of the trails. I found if I was above the canyon I had service.

Trails:
*All the trail miles listed are one way*
Eagle Rock Trail- 1.8 Miles
Musch Trail- 2 Miles
Parker Mesa Overlook- 2.8 Miles
Santa Ynez Trail (waterfall)- 2 Miles
Mulholland Drive- 4.6 Miles
Temescal Conference Grounds- 7.8 Miles
Pacific Palisades- 4.6 Miles
Dead Horse Trail- 1.3 Miles
Will Rogers State Park- 8.5 Miles

Trail Conditions:
The trails in the Trippet Ranch area on Topanga State Park are in excellent condition! no trash anywhere, I think this may have been the first time EVER I didn't notice a single piece of trash on the trails. All the trails are very well marked with signs, making it easy enough to not need trail directions.

Trail Directions:
This whole area has signs all over and trail directions are really not needed, but here are trail directions to Eagle Rock and Eagle Springs Fire Road Loop from Trippet Ranch Parking lot.

Looking at Eagle Rock from the loop trail
To Eagle Rock-
Form the Trippet Ranch Parking lot walk in the direction of the bathrooms, right now theres a gated off area of the parking lot go to the right of this fence and head past the house up on the right and head to the right of the trailhead sign, The trail goes past what looks like another house on the left. Soon the trail hits a fork, go left to the first trail junction, where there is a large sign with trail listed and a map of the area. Head left to Eagle Rock. The trail is a fire road for most of the way. Once at the Eagle Junction, there are three trails leading off. To the left, Musch Trail, this trail goes through Musch Camp on its way back to Trippet Parking lot. The trail all the way to the right, Eagle Springs Fire road, takes you to hub Junction and can be taken to Eagle Rock, once at Hub Junction take the trail to the left to Eagle Rock. The trail in the middle leading up is the shortest way to Eagle Rock. Take this trail as it winds up around the mountain to Eagle Rock. Once at the rock, rest at the bench overlooking the canyon and Eagle Rock or climb up to the top and enjoy the view.

Make it a loop-
From here you can head back the way you came and take one of the other trails or continue on on the trail past Eagle Rock. Soon the trail will pass two trails leading off toward the Valley. Cheney Road and Temescal Ridge Fire Road. Continue past these trail to Hub Junction, there is another large map of the area, take the trail to your right, Eagle Springs Fire Road back down to Eagle Junction where you can take Musch trail or head back down the trail you started from.

For trail directions to Musch Trail
For trail directions to Parker Mesa Overlook
For other trails in this canyon I am getting to them so make sure to look back for posts on those trails!

Ranger Information:


Other Activities:
Hiking
Walking
Trail Running
Mountain Bikes (Bikes are ONLY allowed on fire roads, most trails have no bike signs)
Dog are NOT allowed on trails and fire road in Topanga State Park!!! FOLLOW THE RULES!
Camping (Musch Campgrounds)
Horseback Riding
Picnic/ BBQ


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Jessie's Thoughts:
The Trippet Ranch area of Topanga State Park has tons of great trails for every level of hiker and biker. At the parking lot there are lunch tables with grills and large CLEAN bathrooms. These trails are great for families with young children but at the same time are great for getting in shape or training. A lot of the trails are fire roads so make sure to bring a hat and sunscreen as there is limited shade on some of the trails. There are park rangers located at the parking lot, to find the office ask one of the maintenance guys working or walk up the exit past the large building, once on the far side of it look down at the building there is a small door with a ranger sign on the wall, thats the rangers office.

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