Tuna Canyon Park - Hike - Santa Monica Bay ViewLocated in the Santa Monica Mountains between Topanga and Malibu, Tuna Canyon Park covers an expansive 1,255 miles. The park is dotted with sagebrush, wildflowers, and oak trees, offering a picturesque landscape.

Tuna Canyon features numerous hidden trails, making it a less frequented destination perfect for those seeking solitude away from the bustling city life of Los Angeles.

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Tuna Canyon Park - Hike - WildflowersOne of the most notable trails starts from Tuna Canyon Road at the Big Rock Motorway dirt road. With no signage at the trailhead and no official parking, it's easy to overlook; just pull over onto the dirt and follow the trail for about 790 ft.

Interesting Facts:  The park offers breathtaking 360-degree views ranging from the San Gabriel mountains to Santa Monica Bay. It's part of over 18,000 acres of contiguous protected open space, linking from Topanga State Park west to Las Flores Canyon​ (MRCA)​.

The drive from PCH through Hwy 27, Fernwood Pacific, and Tuna Canyon Road is itself a rewarding experience, filled with lush greenery and quaint mountain communities, complete with several scenic overlooks.

Tip: Prepare for your visit by using restroom facilities before embarking on the winding roads, as there are none available along the trails.

At a key junction, you can choose to turn left onto Hearst Tank Motorway Tuna Canyon Park - Hike - Malibu Viewand face a steep ascent to a viewpoint offering stunning vistas of the ocean and surrounding hills. Alternatively, turn right and follow Big Rock Motorway to another unmarked junction for a gentler route, enjoying the lush meadows en route.

Following Big Rock Motorway leads to Budwood Motorway, where you'll hike parallel to the coastline, enjoying magnificent views toward Malibu to the west and Santa Monica Bay to the east.

Tip: There are no signs or markings in the park, so be sure to take photos and make notes at each junction to ensure you can find your way back.

Tuna Canyon Park - Hike - Trail - WildflowersFor those looking for a challenge, continue down Big Rock Motorway to the Big Rock Lateral junction, then follow Big Rock Lateral until you reach a viewpoint overlooking Las Flores Canyon, with a breathtaking view of the winding Malibu coast below.

Direction to the main Trailhead

Starting from PCH, turn onto Topanga Canyon Rd (Hwy 27), then left onto Fernwood Pacific Dr. Follow the winding road, which eventually turns into Tuna Canyon Rd. Stop at Big Rick Motorway (dirt road) and begin your hike.

Interesting Facts: A unique feature of the park is a stone labyrinth at one of the trail's ends. Visitors' personal dedications enhance this spot, making it a memorable part of the hike.

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Trailhead address: Tuna Canyon Trailhead, Topanga Canyon, CA 90290

Trailhead coordinates: 34.059538, -118.616345

As you leave, Tuna Canyon Road to the right becomes a one-way route leading down to PCH.