Parker Mesa Overlook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This uphill climb follows an easy to follow fire road up intothe hills of Topanga State Park. The wide trail winds throughchaparral with views of the ocean and the park. After a great2-mile workout, turn off the main trail for the final ascentonto Parker Mesa Overlook. A bench with a view marks theturnaround of this scenic yet challenging hike."
--Bryn Fox Pitterle, Best Easy Day Hikes: West Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"This hike follows the Santa Ynez Fire Road (also known as East Topanga Fire Road) along the ridge dividing Topanga Canyon and Santa Ynez Canyon. There are spectacular views into both canyons, including numerous ravines and enormous slabs of sandstone. This hike begins in Topanga State Park and heads south. The trail ends at Parker Mesa Overlook, a barren knoll overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The overlook can also be accessed from the south."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Los Angeles (Day Hike Books).
"The hike to Parker Mesa Overlook from Paseo Miramir has spectacular vistas along the trail. The trail follows the Santa Ynez Fire Road (also known as the East Topanga Fire Road) along a ridge separating Santa Ynez Canyon and Los Liones Canyon. There are views from Venice to Malibu and from West Los Angeles to Topanga. The Parker Mesa Overlook, also known as the Topanga Overlook, is a barren knoll overlooking Santa Monica Bay, Palos Verdes, and on clear days, Catalina Island."
"Popular with ﬁtness enthusiasts and hikers of all stripes, this route begins in a surprisingly lush riparian canyon (in the cooler months at least) and climbs to the small, ﬂat summit of Parker Mesa for sweeping views of Santa Monica Bay and the cities below. It’s deﬁnitely one of the best trails on the west side."
-- Casey Schreiner , Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books).
Great hike! Amazing views! It is a little bit strenuous at times but the view at the end is well worth it. It took us 3 hours and wasn't too crowded.
A great hike. I prefer the trailhead a bit farther down, at the end of Los Liones Drive. There is a parking lot, and you get an extra mile each way through a sub-tropical forest environment. Take plenty of water, particularly if hiking at midday--it gets very dry up on the fire road.
first of all, it was harder and longer than I expected. so much up and down.
it was a big foggy day. we started early morning. so, mysterious also kind of scary canyon view covered by mist. we could not see anything below.
but when we got Over Look, mist are gone. it's beautiful mountains and ocean.
it's worth it. and great for excise.
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