At 2,375 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Topanga Lookout Trail is one of the highest points in the Santa Monica Mountains—and it’s a pretty easy hike.
Hiking to this massive graffitied concrete slab, jutting out miles above Red Rock Canyon Park below, will make you feel like you’re standing at the edge of the world. The former fire observation tower is reminiscent of the Sunken City with its striking contrast of colorful tags juxtaposed with a rich natural landscape. Except, here, you’ll be treated to sweeping views of canyons instead of the crashing waves of the Pacific. [Featured Image: @hikingwithsun]
At 2,375 feet above sea level, it’s one of the highest vantage points in the Santa Monica Mountains and there are few places that match a sunset at Topanga Lookout. But the good news is, most of that elevation can be covered in your car if you’re going via Saddle Peak Road’s trailhead. The trail is a 2-mile round trip and will take you around an hour to complete.
Your entire journey will offer opportunities to take in the spectacular surroundings of the Santa Monica Mountains, Calabasas, and the Santa Susana Mountains. To get there you’ll need to make your way to the Backbone Trail and Stunt Road crossroads. However, there are a number of ways to get there (which you can find here) offering different sites and terrain to traverse. Whichever route you take will cost you absolutely nothing and you’ll be able to bring your four-legged friends along too.
Location: 23300 Saddle Peak Rd. Calabasas, CA 91302
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
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