Topanga Canyon News
Topanga State Park Free Guided Tours
By Camille Sarabia
Jun 19, 2013 - 11:43:27 PM

TOPANGA CANYON—With the Topanga State Park Guided Walks, Topanga Canyon provides the ability to view a diversity of wild and plant life.


The park is like an oasis within the city structure of Los Angeles and is often referred to as, “the world's largest wild land within the boundaries of a major city." 

The Parker Mesa Overlook in the Topanga State Park.


According to the Topanga State Park’s online resources, they are, “a uniquely rugged and wild area and is one of three large California State Parks which are located in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The park is roughly 11,500 acres in size and has more than 36 miles of hiking trails, including 17 miles of the Backbone Trail which links Point Mugu State Park and Will Rogers State Historic Park.”  The various terrain and landscape make this state park the perfect place for an outdoor walk, hike and adventure. 


The State Parks states, “This park features a variety of geologic formations, including earthquake faults, marine fossils, and volcanic intrusions, as well as a variety of sedimentary rocks. Most of the trails give you panoramic mountain, valley, or ocean views.”


The guided tours take place every Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. You can even eat a quick lunch on their tables before the tour begins.  Each tour is free of charge, but parking is $10.  The tour, lasting two hours is guided through with a docent who is familiar with the park and shows the trails to those on the tour.  The open trails are: the Nature Trail, the Musch Trail, the Parker Mesa Overlook and the Dead Horse Trail.  Each trail is unique and provides different features.  The guided tours are only open from January 1 to June 30. 


Every docent, the tour guide is educated in wild and plant life.  The Topanga State Park encourages people to come equipped with good shoes, long pants and lots and lots of questions.  They can answer questions about the birds, snakes, insects, wildflowers, land grants and Native Americans.  The State Park states, “Our docents are knowledgeable friendly, trained volunteers.  The park is beautiful, and on a clear day you can see Catalina Island.” 

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