EAGLE ROCK TRAIL IN TOPANGA STATE PARK
Join the UChicago Alumni Club of Los Angeles for a breathtaking hike in the Santa Monica Mountains
Description: Towering 1,957 feet above the Pacific, and only five miles from the coast, Eagle Rock looms majestically over the canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, with sweeping views of the surrounding peaks for miles in all directions. Our hike to reach this scenic wonder, with its cave-like “nature’s room with a view” portico, is one of the most charming in all of Malibu’s 26 miles of coastline. After meeting at Trippet Ranch, we’ll make the pleasant 800 foot ascent along a fire road over approximately two miles. We’ll pass groves of trees and sage brush on either side of the trail. As we reach Eagle Rock, which rises with seeming abruptness over the already breathtaking landscape, we’ll walk up its lunar, craggy sides to conquer its summit and celebrate the views. Our walk back will reward us with more vistas as we descend into a wooded creek along the Musch Trail. A self-host victory lunch will follow.
Duration and difficulty: 4.5 mile loop with 800 feet of elevation gain and loss. Approximately 2 ½ hours.
What to bring: 2 liters of water, hat, sunscreen, snack. Hiking boots recommended.
Location and parking: From PCH, take Topanga Canyon Road inland for 4.6 miles to Entrada Road. Alternately, from the 101 Freeway, drive 7.7 miles south on Topanga Canyon Road to reach Entrada Road. Turn east on Entrada Road and drive up the mountain for one mile, following signs for Topanga State Park. There is a $10 day-use fee to park at Trippet Ranch, which is open from 8 a.m. to sunset. Free parking is available along the road just outside the park. Meet up inside Trippet Ranch near the picnic tables.
Address and Time: Trippet Ranch is located at 20829 Entrada Road, Topanga Canyon, 90290; we will meet up for the hike near the Trippet Ranch picnic tables at 9 am.
Special note: Allow an extra 10 minutes to walk to the parking lot if you want free parking along Entrada Road.
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Cost: Free/hike; $10/car for parking (free street parking available); self-host lunch
Shao-Yi Qian AB'15