Explore abandoned Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains. Also has some killer views of DTLA and the Pacific Ocean. Graffiti artists looking to make their own touch have come here to stray paint on the huge concrete blocks that sit on top of the peak. A short hike, but definitely one that should be on your list if you live in LA. You’ll soon find with such rich history and killer views, why not make this your next hiking excursion.
Distance: 2 miles (out and back)
Duration: 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 300ft
Dog Friendly: Yes
Parking map below, not limited, and you can also park on the dirt road along the scenic highway.
The trailhead address is 23298 Saddle Peak Rd
This place has a unique history of its own, dating back as a initial warning system to protect the civilians living across these mountains in case of a fire. This location also borders next to an old Nike Missile Silo, which was used during the cold war to serve as a warning to possible incoming missiles on the west coast. This facility has been discontinued since the 1980’s and is now in closure and can not be visited. Once upon a time though, vandals and onlookers would break into gates of the site. But as of 3/5/16 you can not do so, security guards are now stationed.
The hike starts easy enough, take the large fire road you see to your left, it gains in elevation, but not that drastically.
Continue until you see a yellow gate along the trail. The trail splits, take the left path with no incline. The right path leads to the old Nike Missile Site, which is inaccessible.
Once you’ve taken the left path, the hike turns more into a hike. The asphalt road turns into dirt. Follow this dirt road and you’ll find what you’re looking for.
With only about a half mile to go, enjoy the views while they last. You can see DTLA and the SFV on a clear day. Also the tower of the Nike Missile Base can be spotted.
In just 30 minutes you can find one of the coolest urban spots of LA.
Photography is a must here.
If this hike wasn’t enough for you, you can continue down the mountain next to the concrete slabs and hike along the ridge of the mountain. Some very interesting rock formations await you.