Every Saturday, I start my morning with a long run, and it’s usually enough to knock me out of commission for the rest of the weekend. So, I like to start my active recovery Sundays with a hike! One of the best things about living in Los Angeles is the proximity to beautiful oceans and accessible mountains. In the case of the Los Liones trail, you get the best of both worlds, with a short, forest-y uphill hike that ends with a beautiful view of the Pacific.
I like this hike because it’s easy to get to and parking is a breeze. Sometimes when I want to go for a hike, I end up choosing something else to do because I know parking is going to be a nightmare (cough, Runyon Canyon). The trailhead for Los Liones is right off the PCH in the Pacific Palisades. I recommend going semi-early in the morning before traffic on the PCH picks up.
Once you arrive and park (for free) on the side of the road, there is a clear entrance for the trail and Topanga State Park. You’ll have about a mile and a half of easy uphill trail before you reach the overlook. The overlook provides a gorgeous view of the ocean, Santa Monica and the Palisades. If you want to continue onto the Parker Mesa overlook, you simply turn onto the fire road and continue climbing. If you return the way you came, you’ll have a 2.6 roundtrip hike. If you continue onto Parker Mesa, you’ll end up with a 7.8 roundtrip hike. Either way, you’re rewarded with a great view and a nice dose of nature.
To get to the Los Liones trailhead, simply enter the following into your GPS and enjoy the drive up (or down) the PCH: 580 Los Liones Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Where is your favorite place to spend some time outdoors?