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7.6 mile 12.2 kilometer out and back
84% Runnable


Ascent: 1,526' 465 m
Descent: -1,525' -465 m
High: 1,538' 469 m
Low: 264' 80 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

A one-day adventure into the southern hills of Topanga State Park to arguably the best view around.

Zander Göpfert

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For anyone who enjoys beautiful trips through the dry, chaparral hills of California, this out-and-back to the Parker Mesa Overlook is not to be missed. The route is a moderate length for a solid day trip and provides nice views along the way.

The final reward of the Parker Mesa Overlook makes the uphill effort all worthwhile. There are benches and some space to spread out a beautiful picnic lunch or opt for a sunrise/sunset trip for stunning photographs.

Runner Notes

A sustained uphill climb with a relatively flat upper section to the overlook on a wide, dirt trail will leave you breathless, but feeling accomplished.


To access this featured run, head up Los Liones Drive to the Los Liones Trailhead on the north side of Castellammare. There is a pull-off parking area at the trailhead.

The trail starts off gradually with a couple of short and steep climbs while it snakes through the dense bushes of the chaparral ecosystem. After a little more than a mile, the trail ends at the East Topanga Fire Road.

Turn left onto the East Topanga Fire Road and continue the uphill climb along the ridgeline to the north. The higher the trail gets, the better the views become, but the best one is yet to come.

From there, turn onto the East Topanga Fire Road from the Los Liones Trail and head north for a mile until the trail begins to level off with some downhill sections. A little less than a mile further, look to the left for the Parker Mesa Overlook Spur.

Head south on the Parker Mesa Overlook Spur for a half mile until you reach the climactic view from the Parker Mesa Overlook. Once you've refueled and taken in the view of this striking vista, head back the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Intact chaparral ecosystem with woody shrubs.


Land Manager: NPS - Topanga State Park

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May 24, 2019
Black Beard
Fun run. Great views. Plenty of walkers in first section to navigate past but free and open thereafter. 7.5mi — 1h 10m
Aug 1, 2018
Matt Uramoto
Jul 16, 2018
Sharon Brinsko
7.6mi — 2h 50m
Jun 24, 2018
Yinlan Chen
Jun 3, 2018
Andy Yurko
Jun 30, 2017
Joshua Schlag
Only made it up to the first viewpoint, as I was with a friend who wanted to make it a shorter day. No biggie, as the view from there was great! 2.3mi — 0h 40m
May 27, 2017
Alonso Tienda
Mar 11, 2017
Kim C

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Bōwdy Brown   Santa Monica, CA
Great run, beginning with a tunnel of trees for a mile. After that there are lots of opportunities to hit side peaks and skinnier, more technical trails outside the fire trial, and then the coyote trail for extra distance after the large rock slide halfway up. Hot days bring water. The decent is a nice reward after hoofing it all the way up. The views as well! Feb 26, 2019

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