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Eagle Rock Loop From Trippet Ranch

Topanga State Park

20825 Entrada Road Topanga

Hiking Distance: 8-Mile Loop Hiking Time: 4 Hours

Configuration: Figure-Eight Double Loop With Short Spur To Eagle Rock

Elevation Gain: 800 Feet

Difficulty: Moderate To Somewhat Strenuous

Exposure: Exposed Hills And Forested Pockets

Dogs: Not Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Topanga Topanga State Park Map Tom Harrison Maps: Topanga State Park Trail Map

Eagle Rock Is A Massive Sandstone Outcrop Towering Over The Landscape At The.

Head Of Santa Ynez Canyon. The Layered Crag, Pocked With Small Caves From Water Erosion, Is A Popular Destination For Its Unobstructed Views. From A Perch On The 1,957-Foot Rock Are Vistas Of The Mountains, Valleys, And A Superb View Down Santa Ynez Canyon To The Ocean.

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This Hike Begins At Trippet Ranch In Topanga State Park By A Bucolic Picnic Area With A Pond And A One-Mile Nature Trail. The Hike Follows The Eagle Springs Fire Road Through Grasslands And Oak Groves Up To Eagle Rock. After A Short Scramble Up To The Summit, The Hike Circles Around The Formation Past Hub Junction (A 4-Way Junction By Temescal Peak) And Eagle Springs (A Natural Spring Seeping Out Of The Sandstone). The Hike Returns On The Musch Trail. The Footpath Meanders Through Lush Vegetation That Includes Ferns, Moss-Covered Rocks, And Sycamore, Oak And Bay Trees, Making A Couple Of Stream Crossings Back To Trippet Ranch.

To The Trailhead

From Santa Monica, Drive 4 Miles Northbound On The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 To Topanga Canyon Boulevard And Turn Right. Continue

4.6 Miles To Entrada Road On The Right And Turn Right Again. Drive 0.7 Miles And Turn Left, Following The State Park Signs. Turn Left Again And Go 0.3 Miles Into The Topanga State Park Parking Lot. A Parking Fee Is Required.

From The Ventura Freeway/Highway 101 In Woodland Hills, Exit On Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Drive 7.6 Miles South To Entrada Road. Turn Left And Follow The Posted State Park Signs To The Trippet Ranch Parking Lot.

The Hike

Walk To The End Of The Parking Lot By The Grassy Picnic Area And Weathered Live Oaks. Follow The Trail Uphill A Short Distance To A Posted Junction. The East Topanga Fire Road (Hike 80) Bends Right. Bear Left On The Eagle Springs Fire Road, And Pass The Santa Ynez Canyon Trail (Hike 83) On The Right At A Half Mile. Continue Uphill On The Ridge Road To The Musch Trail On The Left The Return Route And A Road Split At 1.5 Miles. Veer Left On The Eagle Rock Fire Road, Reaching The North Slope Of Prominent Eagle Rock As The Road Crests. Leave The Trail To The Right To Explore The Tilted Formation With Sculptured Caves And Hollows. Scramble Up The Gorgeous Monolith For Great Views Down Santa Ynez Canyon To The Pacific.

Back On The Eagle Rock Fire Road, Continue East, Passing The Garapito Trail On The Left. Climb The Slope With Views Across The San Fernando Valley.

Top The Hill To Westward Views Across Los Angeles To The Ocean. Descend To Hub Junction, A 4-Way Crossroads With A Map Kiosk At 3 Miles. The Temescal Ridge Fire Road, The Middle Right Trail, Leads 0.7 Miles To Temescal Peak And

4.8 Miles To Temescal Gateway Park At The Mouth Of The Canyon (Hike 76).

To The Left, The Temescal Ridge Fire Road Leads To Dirt Mulholland And Reseda Boulevard In Tarzana. (South Of Hub Junction, The Temescal Ridge Fire Road Is Called The Temescal Ridge Trail.)

For This Hike, Make A Sharp Right Back Onto The Eagle Springs Fire Road. Descend 1.3 Miles, Now Skirting Under The South Side Of Eagle Rock, To A Posted Fork With The Musch Trail On The Right. (En Route, A Short Side Path On The Right Leads To Eagle Springs, A Trickling Spring In The Sandstone Bedrock Under A Sycamore And Oak Glen.)

Take The Musch Trail, Leaving The Fire Road, And Wind Down Into A Verdant Valley. Cross A Couple Of Ravines Through Lush Riparian Vegetation And Woodlands Of Oak, Sycamore, And Bay Laurel. One Mile Down Is A Junction With Musch Camp At The Former Musch Ranch. Follow The Trail Sign, Crossing A Meadow. Wind Down To A Junction With The Dead Horse Trail (Hike 77). Continue Straight, Passing A Pond On The Left And Crossing An Earthen Dam To The Main Topanga State Park Parking Lot At Trippet Ranch.

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