Since we did not hike on Saturday, we decided to challenge ourselves a bit with a 6 mile hike that gives you an 800 foot elevation. For today’s hike, we picked Parker Mesa Overlook located in Topanga State Park. Hiking this moderate trail you get breath taking views of the surrounding valleys and at one point downtown LA.
When you start the hike, there is a nice climb up to a split in the path. If you turn left there are at least four other trails to follow but if you want the overlook as we did you will turn right. You find yourself going up and down the hills through the canyon at time there are some steep points but not awfully bad. Be warned…there are bikes on this path and even though bikes are supposed to yield to hikers they are at times going pretty fast so, get out of their way.
At the trails end there are breath taking views of the ocean, Santa Monica, and from what I have read Catalina Island.
The return trip is just as good as the trip up. At times you find yourself going downhill and other going back up hill all while taking advantage of great views. There is not a lot of shade on this rail so make sure you wear sun screen. Also, take plenty of water…especially if it is in the 80s or higher.
After the hiking yesterday at Fryman Park, we decided to make this a two hike weekend. Today we head north of Los Angeles to Red Rock Canyon. This is not to be confused with Red Rock Canyon in the Las Vegas area – even though that is a spectacular park as well.
Getting to this park is a bit confusing as there are two entrances. The main entrance, of which we were unaware, is off of Topanga Canyon Road and is an easier hike than the one we picked. So if you are using the book Day Hikes Around Los Angeles or a great site called Local Hikes they give detailed directions to the one we picked.
After a winding trip through some pretty scenic view we find ourselves at a pull off on Stunt Road. We parked and I saw the hill…I was like are you kidding me. This hike takes you between 700 to 800 feet elevation immediately. I was astounded! The weather was a bit better than the day before no rain but still a bit chilly with the wind blowing.
Welcome back! This summer, my partner and I will be spending the some weekends hiking around LA and Southern California.
Today is the first day we will be hiking; the weather is not great…it is a bit rainy and cold. We are meeting a friend at her house and she will be taking us into Fryman Park. Now I know that sounds scary but really, Fryman is located in Studio City sort of in the middle of the drive up into the hills off of Laurel Canyon. We are going to be hiking on the Fryman Canyon Loop trail which according to one source, “Day Hikes Around Los Angeles” by Robert Stone is a 4 mile hike but other sources report it being 3 miles; one really good site is an article called Hiking Fryman Canon. I tend to think it is closer to a three mile hike as it seemed really quick and painless. Of course unless you hiked with each author you never know what path they followed.
Getting to the park is really easy and as you can search maps on the internet I will not spend time talking about how to get to Fryman Canyon. All I ask is that you pay to park in the lot versus parking on the road. Paying to park helps keep the parks open.