The Los Leones to Parker Mesa Trail is a moderately difficult, 7.3-mile route, with 1,300 ft of elevation gain. Often spelled "Los Liones," the area is named after the mountain lions that are common in the canyon. The trail winds through lush green vegetation through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Santa Monica Mountains and ends at an amazing vista overlooking Santa Monica Bay.
What Makes It Great
This trail is considered by many to have one of the best vistas of the Pacific Ocean in the LA area, and will surely provide runners and hikers a peaceful escape from the city below. The trail starts in a shaded green canyon at the lower elevations and eventually meets up with fire roads higher up in Topanga Canyon State Park, where it rises quickly to a breathtaking view from Parker Mesa. Be sure to bring plenty of water on this route during the hotter summer months, as the upper section approaching Parker Mesa is very exposed. This trail is well traveled, and the trail is well marked, so navigation should be pretty easy.
Who is Going to Love It
Anyone with most of a day to spend outside will love this trail. This trail is dog friendly, but it is recommended to keep them on leash, so that they don’t get in the way of others.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Hikespeak.com: Los Leones Drive is the second left off Sunset Blvd from PCH and is just 1/3 of a mile from the beach. Park on the right side of Los Leones, and enter the trail from the end of the cul-de-sac.