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Topanga Creek Outpost Loop

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10.7 Miles 17.3 Kilometers



1,382' 421 m


-1,382' -421 m



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2,059' 628 m


895' 273 m


Shared By Chris Kelly


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A 10-mile loop with a good mix of fire roads and singletracks.

Chris Kelly

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Family Friendly Part of the trail is a wide-open fire road, great for kids.


A great loop with a good variety of scenery, wildflower, and beautiful views.


Starting from the Topanga Creek Outpost, head north on Topanga Canyon Boulevard for 0.5 miles, then turn right on Arteique Road. Shortly after, turn right again on the Deer Hill Trail and the trailhead starts on the left-hand side up a dirt ramp covered in wood chips. The beginning part is all singletrack with a moderate climb. In the middle of the trail, you go through an open meadow that's completely covered in beautiful yellow wildflowers in the springtime (it reminds me of Little House on the Prairie).

Continue to dirt Mulholland Drive Fire Road for a jaw-dropping view of the San Fernando Valley. Follow this open and flowing fire road until the Temescal Ridge Trail (Fire Road 30) intersection, turn right and go around the gate. Enjoy the beautiful view from above the wild and lush canyons with sycamore and oak riparian forests below. Wildlife such as songbirds, upland birds, and deer are seen year-round. There are occasional sightings of coyotes inside the state park as well.

After an ascent up to the Hub, you can take a rest under a shaded canopy. Then take the first trail (Eagle Springs Fire Road) on the right-hand side behind the outhouse for a short climb to the highest point of the ride. The landscape here is Mars-like with an abundance of red soil and round pebbles protruding from it. You'll also find gorgeous views of the canyons below, all the way to the Pacific Ocean and beyond.

The rest of the ride is a super fun descent all the way down to Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Do not miss the right-hand turn onto Cheney Ranch Road, which is entirely singletrack with a bit of a technical, rocky waterfall section at the end, right before exiting the State Park around a closed gate.


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Garth Jolly
Berkeley, CA
Garth Jolly   Berkeley, CA
A necessary part of the indicated route is along Santa Maria Rd. You will be greeted with a sign that says "Private Property. Residents and Guests Only. No Trespassing". As much as I think they're dicks to close off the road like this, it is their right. So if you're comfortable with trespassing or can rationalize to yourself that you are their 'guest', then have fun. Jul 22, 2017
Tim Sauyan
winnetka, ca
Tim Sauyan   winnetka, ca
This trail was BRUTAL ! SO MUCH INCLINE !!! Directions were a bit sketchy at the beginning as mentioned below by fellow members. The trail loop was a challenge for someone like me who weighs 262lbs and is a complete novice. I took this loop as my 6th ride and it was tough. Brace yourself for lots of incline. Tough for beginners thats for sure ! Side note stop by Cathedral Rock and take some pictures ! Catherdral is along the route if you follow the loop towards the end right before at thejunction of Backbon Trail and Temescal Fire Road !! You wont regret it ! Feb 12, 2018
Rich M  
This route was really pretty, but boy was it a grind. Make sure you get an early start if it's warm out as most of this trail is very exposed. I would second the comment below that said directions were a little confusing and I had to constantly check my GPS. Also was confused by the private roads that said no trespassing. I didn't have an issue and rode through and didn't get any dirty looks from the people there. The single track at the end though was incredibly technical, I don't recommend for a hard tail. I'll also echo the comment that the dh section was a bit of a let down. After the tech rock garden, which is relatively short, the rest of the way down is paved road. It honestly would have been more fun to ride this as an out an back I think. Overall, I don't regret the ride, but I don't think I'll be doing it again as the dh wasn't worth the grind up. Apr 22, 2018

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