Topanga is both extremely accessible and rugged. It is a natural park lying within Los Angeles and is within easy day-use reach of... more » over 12 million regional residents.
Many of the park's trails can be accessed from Trippet Ranch. Two miles from Trippet is Eagle Junction with access to the Eagle Spring loop trail. Eagle Rock is one of many boulder outcrops in the park which stands over the surrounding terrain, providing panoramic views of the surrounding country. Also hiked on this trip was Temescal Peak, an easy climb with further outstanding vistas of the surrounding ranges and canyons below.
Topanga State Park includes 11,529 acres of varied terrain, much of it rugged, steep and scenic with over 36 miles of trails. The park's boundaries extend from the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to the hills over the San Fernando Valley. Eight communities surround the park and there are more than 60 entrances along the park's range crossing boundary. Hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and equestrian users will all feel quite at home here.
Topanga's vegetation is dominated by chaparral. Within the Trippet Ranch area are broad stands of oak woodlands. Coastal sage scrub, grassland savannah, bay laurel woodland, walnut woodland, and a variety of riparian habitats can also be found within the park.
These habitats support a wildlife community which includes more than 80 mammal species, several hundred bird species, and over 60 reptiles and amphibians within the park's boundaries.
Human occupation goes back at least 8,000 to 10,000 years, starting with an early Paleo-Indian culture to the more-recent Tongva and Chumash peoples. less «