Friday, July 22, 2011

#198: Topanga Lookout

High above Red Rock Canyon you'll find the site of an old fire tower which is now a graffiti covered concrete platform. This is the Topanga Lookout, a little known treasure in Malibu that starts at the intersection of Stunt and Schueren Road. Take a short 2 mile roundtrip hike to this amazing lookout.

There are no signs for the Lookout trail, but you'll see a gate near the intersection of Schueren and Stunt. Park for free on the side of the road anytime between 6 am and 9 pm.

The trailhead

Continue up the path and you'll come across this junction:

Take the trail on the left

Once you take the left trail, it's a straight shot to the lookout.

You'll pass this radio tower on your right

The hill to the lookout

As you can see, the hike is largely unshaded, so plan accordingly. There used to be a sofa on the platform--can't imagine how hard it must have been to get it there--but now it's gone.

Have you been to the Topanga Lookout? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!


  1. This looks fantastic! Also, I just wanted to say thank you for putting in the effort to introduce us to such cool things, my boyfriend and I went to the Super Serious Show on Thursday and it was so much fun, we want to go back every month! Thank you! (:

  2. sweet! we were there last Thursday too! thanks for reading-- it makes me happy to know that people are discovering new things in this city :)

  3. did this hike last week, it was a blast, thanks!

  4. awesome--glad you enjoyed it! :)

  5. Not too strenuous. It's a pretty gradual incline until the very end where you have to walk up a small hill to get to the platform.

  6. I was at the tower yesterday and didn't even realize there was a back entrance to get in to the place. But I want to go back and see the lookout now. That would be rad.

  7. Thanks for the comment, Anonymous. Have fun at the lookout!

  8. i love your blog!!!!! I'm so looking forward to visit many places you have listed. I'm actually going to hike this place tomorrow! Thanks again for putting this together and sharing with the world :)

  9. Thanks for the nice comment Anonymous! Have fun hiking the lookout :)