Parker Mesa Overlook Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within Topanga State Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,503 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 177 feet. Near the end of the trail is a viewpoint.
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).
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