The Best Kept Secret in the Valley – Topanga Overlook
Tucked away in the Santa Monica Mountains, lies the Topanga Overlook. This unobstructed view point provides visitors with a 360 degree panorama of the San Fernando Valley including portions of the City of Los Angeles. On a clear day, one can see from the Verdugo Mountains in the east, past the Hollywood Sign, to Palos Verdes and Catalina Island in the west. The overlook is located at an elevation of 1,700 feet above sea level.
The Topanga Overlook is a popular spot for picnics, sunset watching, and stargazing. It is also a favorite spot for proposal as it provides a secluded and intimate setting. The best time to visit is during the weekdays when there are less people. However, even on weekends the crowds are manageable. Parking can be tight on weekends so arrive early to secure a spot.
The overlook is located within Topanga State Park which is the largest wildland within the limits of Los Angeles. The park features 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks, sycamores, walnuts and manzanitas. Wildlife includes mule deer, bobcats, skunks, squirrels, lizards and snakes. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy operates a visitor center located just outside the park entrance which offers maps and information about local hikes and events.
If you are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further than Topanga State Park. Take in the fresh air and stunning views from the Topanga Overlook. Don’t forget your picnic basket!