Hondo Canyon / Topanga Lookout
Had an awesome day. The trails I hiked – Hondo Canyon Trail, Fossil Ridge Trail and the road up to Topanga Lookout were pretty empty. I was freezing for the first ten minutes but warmed up as I climbed up some rocky, sometimes steep or slightly treacherous terrain. This hike had excellent views and a few oddities that made it fun.
Off the trail a few feet is a rock perch sitting above a creek. At the bottom a cross – what happened here?
Tower on zoom
Fossil Ridge Trail really does have fossils.
At the end of Fossil Ridge Trail I saw what appeared to be a bus stop down by the side of the road. This is Lois Ewan Overlook. There are placards with maps showing different landmarks. Photo 2 is Calabasas Peak, photo 3 is Ladyface Mountain.
Looking toward the ocean and see Santa Monica Bay.
The road that leads to Topanga Lookout is a paved but closed to traffic. There is graffiti everywhere, which I usually hate. But I must admit, there are some eye catching paintings. The road soon forks. I stayed on the paved road and it took me up to the tower I saw on Hondo Canyon trail. Covered by graffiti, protected by razor wire.
I went back down to the junction and joined the dirt road. Soon I spotted the concrete foundation for Topanga Overlook. At the end and and at the top. This shot was taken from below on the main trail.
The views are huge – 270 degrees. The Lookout is also covered in spray paint.
More views from Topanga Overlook