Topanga Knoll Trail

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As the name suggests, this trail snakes up a small knoll off of the Pacific Coast Highway, west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The trail runs immediately below Topanga Creek and fronts Topanga Beach to the south. The short, quarter-mile hike rewards hikers with great views of Topanga Beach and Pacific Ocean. Restrooms and a picnic area offer hiking amenities for pedestrian use. A walkway underpass is available at the staging area to cross the PCH.

From Topanga Canyon Boulevard, head south towards the PCH. Make a right onto the PCH and continue for about 50 feet. Safely park along the PCH in the permitted areas. The trailhead is located near the yellow gate immediately east of the Reel Inn restaurant.

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Name: Topanga Knoll Trail
Length: 0.28 miles
Elevation Gain: 91 feet
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What You Might See

California Ground Squirrel
Otospermophilus beecheyi
Acorn Woodpecker
Melanerpes formicivorus
American Crow
Corvus brachyrhynchos
American Kestrel
Falco sparverius
American Peregrine Falcon
Falco peregrinus
Bigleaf Maple
Acer macrophyllum
Black Mustard
Brassica nigra
Black Sage
Saliva mellifera
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Archilochus alexandri
Bobcat
Lynx rufus
California Black Walnut
Juglans californica
California Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum
California Coffeeberry
Frangula californica
California Dodder
Cruscuta californica
California Fuchsia
Epilobium canum
California Horned Lark
Eremophila alpestris
California Lilacs
Ceanothus spp.
California Poppy
Eschscholzia californica
California Quail
Callipepla californica
California Red-legged Frog
Rana draytonii
California Sagebrush
Artemisia californica
California Scrub Jay
Aphelocoma californica
California Sycamore
Platanus racemosa
California Tarantula
Aphonopelma sp.
Chamise
Adenostoma fasciculatum
Coast Live Oak
Quercus agrifolia
Coast Paintbrush
Castilleja affinis
Coast Range Newt
Taricha torosa
Coastal Wood Fern
Dryopteris arguta
Cooper's Hawk
Accipiter cooperii
Coyote
Canis latrans
Coyote Brush
Baccharis pilularis
Garter Snake
Thamnophis hammondii
Gray Fox
Urocyon cinereoargenteus
Hollyleaf Cherry
Prunus ilicifolia
Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja gleasoni
Laurel Sumac
Malosma laurina
Lemonade Berry
Rhus integrifolia
Long-eared Owl
Asio otus
Lupine
Lupinus albifrons
Monkey Flower
Mimulus aurantiacus
Mountain Lion
Puma concolor
Mugwort
Artemisia douglasiana
Mule Deer
Odocoileus hemionus
Narrow-leaved Milkweed
Asclepias fascicularis
Pacific Rattlesnake
Crotalus viridis
Plummer's Mariposa Lily
Calochortus plummerae
Poison Oak
Toxicodendron diverisloba
Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla
Red Tail Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis
Silvery Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus
Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis
Sugar Bush
Rhus ovata
Summer Holly
Comarostaphylis diversifolia
Toyon
Heteromeles arbutifolia
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura
Valley Oak
Quercus lobata
Western Grey Squirrel
Sciurus griseus
Western Screech Owl
Otus kennicottii
White Sage
Salvia apiana
White-tailed Kite
Elanus leucurus