Monday, April 9, 2012

Musch Trail (Musch Camp)

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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.

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*

Easy- Moderate

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

Total Gain- 620 ft.

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. 

*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:
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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