One of the best things about living in Los Angeles is the outdoors. Between the beaches and mountains, the wide variety of scenery continues to blow your mind.
How is all of this within the city limits of Los Angeles?
If you want to feel like you’re a million miles away from traffic and buildings and dudes trying to give you their mixtape, hike to Eagle Rock in Topanga State Park.
My fellow Hermosa Beach resident and Cincinnati native Jason Dulle introduced me to this place while some of his friends were in town.
Topanga State Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains with 36 miles of trails that offer views of both the San Fernando Valley and the Pacific Ocean.
The park is also considered the world’s largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city. And once you reach Eagle Rock, you’ll see why. The panorama is incredible.
If you go:
Many of the trails can be acccessed from Trippet Ranch, including the hike to Eagle Rock, which is located at 20825 Entrada Road in Topanga, CA 90290.
The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset and charges $10 for parking, according to a sign as you enter the lot. There are restrooms and picnic tables near the parking area as well.
From the parking lot, take Musch Trail until it ends at a junction with Eagle Springs Fire Road, which is the connection to Eagle Rock. Make a hard left turn on Eagle Rock Fire Road and climb the 0.5 miles to your destination.
Overall, it’s an easy hike. I estimate it’s about 4 miles out and back if you return the same way.
You can also recreate the Lion King scene if you want.
After the hike:
Both are located only 6 miles away in Malibu, right on the Pacific Ocean.
The seafood at Reel Inn is so so so good, and Rosenthal has a wine flight for $13 for four wines. They also have great outside seating, live music on the weekends and the most amazing porta potties I’ve ever seen.
Photos by my new friend Jenna Mäkinen (check out her tumblr):
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