Trailer Canyon Fire Road
The Trailer Canyon Fire Road is one of several access points in the southern end of Topanga State Park. The hike to the junction with the Temescal Ridge Fire Road, described here, is a nice, moderately challenging trip where hikers are rewarded with panoramic views of the ocean and canyons. Those with time and energy can extend the hike in either direction.
From Michael Lane, the trail ascends steadily, soon providing nice views of the canyon and its unique geology, including famous Eagle Rock. The grade is fairly consistent throughout, gaining a manageable 450 feet per mile. There is no shade, although with an early start, the hillside will probably block the sun.
After three quarters of a mile, you officially enter Topanga State Park. Shortly afterward, the trail curves south, providing views of the ocean, Catalina Island and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. After doubling back to the north, the road continues its climb. At the Temescal Fire Road, take a left and walk briefly to a flat spot where you can get a good aerial view of the canyon. On clear days, you can see Santa Barbara Island and even distant San Nicolas, appearing like a flat pancake on the ocean.
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