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Parker Mesa OverlookLos Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hiking avatar May 07 2016
Hiking8.17 Miles 1,927 AEG
Hiking8.17 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.77 mph
1,927 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
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Started at Los Liones trailhead reasonably early while there was still plenty of parking a few hundred yards before the official trailhead. You start on the Los Liones Canyon trail which is a nice trail with trees providing a shade canopy along most of the way. It takes you up the canyon for about a mile, and then heads Eastward for another half mile to a nice overlook with a bench where Los Liones Canyon trail ends at the Paseo Miramar trail.

Paseo Mirimar trail is really a fire road. Reasonably smooth for a dirt road and very wide it heads up the ridge line gaining about 800 feet of elevation in a mile which is only a little more than the Los Liones Canyon trail, but it feels like a lot more because you're walking in the sun and you can see it going up and up for a long way ahead. After what seems like forever the trail stops climbing and the rest of the way is easy with just short ups and downs. The Paseo Miramar trail becomes a regular trail branching off to the left as the main road becomes the E. Topanga Fire Road which continues off to the North toward Trippet Ranch. I was pleasantly surprised to see trash and recycle cans at the junction. Paseo Mirimar ends up at the Parker Mesa Overlook about a half mile after the junction.

The view from the overlook is spectacular. Unfortunately when I went it was quite hazy, but even so the panoramic view was pretty amazing. The skyscrapers of downtown LA were just visible through the haze as was the Palos Verdes peninsula. Well worth the walk! I'll definitely do this one again.
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Not to many flowers in the canyon, but once up on the ridge there were extensive areas covered in yellow and orange blossoms.
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