Saturday, April 21, 2012

Trippet Ranch to Los Liones Trailhead

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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.
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*
Moderate- Strenuous
 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. 

Parker Mesa Overlook- 1,525 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!
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. 

*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:
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:
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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