Los Liones Trail / Parker Mesa Overlook
I started on Los Liones Trail, hiked for miles on East Topanga Fire Road with stops coming and going at Mesa Parker Overlook and made it up to the park like Trippet Ranch. I had never hiked in the Topanga area before and found these trails different than what I am used to. The influence of humanity shone through in a few ways – invasive plants, city views and lots of people on the trail. I even passed a large group filming a commercial. During the day I spoke to several very nice and helpful folks but found most people interacted as if they were passing on a city sidewalk, that is they would pass without acknowledging or even looking at each other. An interesting hike overall, but trails this well traveled will never make it on my personal favorites list.
One of the first things I noticed about Los Liones Trail is the invasive ivy with yellow flowers wrapping itself around trees, plants, everything. This plant is called Cape Ivy and it’s absolutely taking over the bottom of the canyon. It does, however, give the area a lush, almost exotic feel.
Walls of Ivy
I spot Catalina Island on the way up. At the top of Los Liones Trail is a bench and a fantastic view of the Santa Monica Bay.
I exited the fire road for a short hike out to Parker Mesa Overlook and a view of the Santa Monica Bay.
Snowy San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.
Deer at Trippet Ranch
On the down I once again stopped at Parker Mesa Overlook and gazed out over the Santa Monica Bay. Photo 2 shows a close-up of the Santa Monica Pier.