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Hiking the Santa Monica Mountains

When: 6/25/2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Topanga State Park
United States
Contact: Andrea Ackerman, Ph.D.

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The LACPA Hiking Club Presents:
A hike in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, starting at Topanga State Park and heading to the Parker Mesa Overlook, a barren knoll with beautiful views overlooking Topanga Beach, Santa Monica Bay, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica.  
The total distance for the hike will be ~ 6 miles round trip and will take approximately 3 hours. 
Sunday, June 25th at 9:00 AM
Meet at the trail head at the end of the parking lot at Trippet Ranch, the headquarters for Topanga State Park.   Detailed directions below.
RSVP to Andi Ackerman andiackerman@aol.com.  We wait for those who have RSVP'ed, so please provide me with your cell phone number for last minute changes or to try to reach you if you haven't arrived when we are ready to go  Please call 818.426.0674 day of the hike if you need help getting there or have changed your mind.
Rating:My hiking book does not provide ratings for this hike. However, my hiking companions and I would rate this hike as moderate. The trail itself is well marked and well maintained and does not require any additional challenges beyond the moderate ascents and descents, and the distance of the hike.  This hike follows the East Topanga Fire Road along the ridge dividing Topanga Canyon and Santa Ynez Canyon.  There are spectacular views into both canyons along the trail. We will return to our starting point. Hiking boots are recommended and hiking poles are always a plus, but good tennis shoes should be find for this trail as well.  The trail is open with limited shade, so sunscreen and a hat are recommended if the weather is warm; a light sweatshirt or other outer layer if the weather is cool.   Water is a must, and a snack for the trail is suggested since this is a longer hike.
Directions:From the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 Freeway to Topanga Canyon Blvd.  Head south on Topanga Canyon 7.6 miles to Entrada Drive.  Turn left and follow the posted state park signs to the parking lot.  You can also park on the street before or after the park entrance if you can find a spot, in order to avoid the parking fee.  From Santa Monica, take PCH north to Topanga Canyon Blvd.  Turn right and continue 4.6 miles to Entrada Road and turn right.  Again, follow the posted state park signs to the parking lot. 
Parking:This is a State Park so there is a $10 parking fee.  Not sure if the old “Iron Maiden” is still there, requiring cash, or one of the new automated "Pay to Park" devices which will take your credit card, so please come prepared for either one.

Andrea Ackerman, Ph.D.

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