Paseo Miramar Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook

Santa Monica, California 90402

Paseo Miramar Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Coastal views and chaparral dominate the scenery for most of this popular Topanga State Park hike, which winds uphill along a wide, well-maintained fire road to a clearing with unbeatable views of the Pacific Ocean."

Paseo Miramar Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook Reviews

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4/10/2012
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9/28/2008
Fue una manana esplendorosa con nuves bajas cubriendo el Pacifico que parecia cubierto de nieve, pareciese como si el mar se hubiese levantado sobre la orbe urbana, cubriendo el oceano y edificios. Esta es la segunda vez que he estado en este lugar y sin lugar a duda ha sido una nueva experiencia. El trayecto lo realisamos en dos horas y media disfrutando del paisaje.
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1/30/2007
The road leading to the trail is very narrow and curvy through a residentail area. Parking is only on one side of the street and there is very little of it. The trail itself is a hard-packed fire road. No switchbacks- just straight uphill for much of it. We hiked this trail early on a Saturday morning and it was very crowded. Not your typical weekend hiking crowd- mostly locals walking/jogging/ cycling the trail for exercise. You can see people and houses almost everywhere you look. The one great thing about this hike was the view. Amazing views of the ocean and Malibu coastline for miles- and you can see them from the very beginning of the hike. The trail ends at a lookout where there are 2 benches overlooking the ocean. The scene is spectacular but very anticlimactic because its lovely the entire hike! And even better going back down. Overall its a fairly easy, 2-2.5 hr hike for anyone looking for some exercise and a great view of the ocean, but not my cup of tea as far as hikes go. I like more solitude and nature, less Los Angeles.
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Trail Information

Santa Monica
Nearby City
5.5
Distance
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
310-455-2465; parks.ca.gov /?page_id=629
Local Contacts
USGS Topanga
Local Maps

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Dec 2018