Day After Halloween Hike: Los Leones (Liones) Canyon Trail
Clocks go backward 1 hour on Sunday as Daylight Savings Time ends.
Hiking to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants Adventure: (intermediate-difficult level for cardio and balance).
So you can find me easily walk to the northern end of Los Liones Drive to the stone arch entrance with the sign in the picture or along the hike if late:
I will have a hiking stick and blue backpack and be standing by the sign.
Cell reception is fine at the entrance then generally becomes worse as you move away.
The first junction you will reach is on the East Topanga Fire Road at the top of Los Liones Trail. Turn left up this wide trail to hike to Parker Mesa Overlook, a great viewpoint from a higher ridge in the Santa Monica Mountains that is 2.6 miles away. Otherwise, you can return down the Los Liones Trail to complete a 2.6-mile out and back trek.
At the top of Los Liones Trail, take a load off. Sit on the bench just before the junction and admire the south-facing view of Santa Monica Bay. watch slow moving waves roll in toward the shore. The views extend down to Palos Verdes Peninsula. On a clear day, even Catalina Island is visible. What a peaceful spot of a quick city escape!
Los Liones Trail is a 2.6-mile round trip hike. I also run it when less busy.
The trek up Los Liones Trail is most enjoyable in cool temperatures. When it gets too hot, the enclosed trail can feel more oppressive than enchanting. Dogs and bikes are not welcome, but no fee or permit is required, so get out and enjoy!
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