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Hike to Eagle Rock [Topanga Canyon State Park]

13 May , 2016   Gallery

Eagle Rock in Topanga Canyon is not to be confused with the hipster enclave neighborhood of Eagle Rock north of downtown Los Angeles. THIS Eagle Rock is nestled in Topanga Canyon State Park between Pacific Palisades and the western portion of the San Fernando Valley.

The hike to Eagle Rock is one of the most popular routes, and though heavily trafficked at times, you’ll still enjoy quiet views of the mountains, canyons, and on a clear day, even the Pacific Ocean.

The main point of interest is a large sandstone rock formation, which sticks out at a dramatic, slanted angle. Here, there are also a few little graffiti-filled caves (please leave no trace and don’t add to this — graffiti belongs on manmade structures and not in nature).

And if you choose to do the loop as described below, you’ll have something new to see the entire way. Happy hiking!

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SCREENSHOT THESE DIRECTIONS: Hike the loop to Eagle Rock


  • Trailhead Address: 20828 Entrada Rd, Topanga, CA 90290
  • Parking: $10 to park past the entrance, but there is FREE street parking on Entrada Rd. before you enter.
  • Distance: 4.9 miles
  • Difficulty: 🌮🌮🌮🌮 out of 5
  • Step-By-Step Instructions: 
    1. Note before you begin: The trail is a loop that leads up one way and down another, but you can always retrace your steps if you want to stick to one route. These directions describe going up on the Eagle Springs Fire Road and returning on the Musch Trail.
    2. Start in the Trippet Ranch parking lot. If the bathrooms are on your left, the trailhead begins at the top right corner of the lot.
    3. Head up this path (sticking to the right up the hill) for a quarter mile until you reach a T junction with trail signs, then turn left for Eagle Rock.
    4. Wind through the trail for about 1.5 miles until you reach Eagle Junction and a sign pointing up to Eagle Rock.
    5. Take note that to the left, you’ll see a sign for the Musch Trail, which you’ll take back. (Or ignore it and return on the same trail you just came up on).
    6. Head up to Eagle Rock for .5 more miles. As you approach Eagle Rock, you’ll know it when you see it by the big ass rock formation jutting out of the landscape to the right of the trail.
    7. Keep heading towards it and explore the site!
    8. When you’re done, return to Eagle junction a half-mile back. This time, head right on the Musch Trail and descend for 2 miles.
    9. Link up with the final stretch, a paved fire road, and complete the last mile to the parking lot.

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