When I asked the ranger what trail I should take on my first visit to Topanga State Park, her answer was immediate: “Go to Eagle Rock.”
The trailhead starts at the Trippet Ranch parking lot and is a slow uphill trek that starts in forest and after you pass through the Musch Camp, continues through meadowland. Total elevation gain is about 750 feet, and that includes scaling Eagle Rock itself.
Eagle Rock becomes visible to the north as the main focus of the landscape once you reach Eagle Junction and continue up the wide fire road. Once you reach the rock, it’s an easy climb to the edge to look out over the homes in affluent Pacific Palisades and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
To return, head back to Eagle Junction. From there you can either return back down the Musch Trail or take the more direct fire road, which also drops you back at Trippet Ranch. I took the fire road as it was getting dark and logged about 4.5 miles total on this loop.