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.

SDC11780     SDC11786     SDC11816   I started at around 6 a.m.  The trail is a little spooky at this time of the morning – lots of rustling bushes and dark hollows.


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.

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Walls of Ivy

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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.

SDC11861     SDC11910   East Topanga Fire Road is no joke, steep ups and down the whole way.  This is serious workout.  Photo 2 –  Evidence of deer in the area.

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I exited the fire road for a short hike out to Parker Mesa Overlook and a view of the Santa Monica Bay.

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Snowy San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.

SDC11967     SDC12032     SDC11955   I arrived at Trippet Ranch, rested and ate lunch.

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Deer at Trippet Ranch

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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.




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