To get to main entrance of Topanga State Park:
Travel 7.5 miles south from Ventura Fwy (Rte 101) or 4.6 miles north from Pacific Coast Hwy (Rte 1) on Topanga Canyon Blvd (CA Rte 27) to Entrada Rd. Turn east onto Entrada Rd and make two left turns to stay on Entrada Rd to park entrance. Nominal parking fee. The park is open daily 8am to sunset.
in the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park features 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The park affords excellent recreation for families and avid hikers as well as mountain bikers (bikers are restricted to fire roads) and equestrians. The park is bound on the south by Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, on the west by Topanga Canyon, and on the east by Rustic Canyon.
Most of the park's hiking trailheads begin at the main location of Trippet Ranch Visitor Center (E). The other main trail begins near the pond, where the Musch Trail leads north to the Musch Trail camp and continues through oak woodland and chaparral until it joins up with the Eagle Spring loop trail. From there, you can hike to Eagle Rock, a stunning boulder outcropping, which affords a panoramic view of the park. At the east end of the loop is Hub Junction - aptly named for the intersection of several trails and the main fire road.
Walking east on the fire road from Trippet Ranch (E), you can access the Santa Ynez trail (see marker 14) leading down into a lovely riparian woods. Further on, a short side-trail leads to the waterfall which is most abundant in the late winter and spring.
Hiking maps are available at the Nature Center (open Sunday, January through June, noon until 4 pm). Contributions are welcome.