Los Angeles is not the first place that springs to mind when someone says "trail running heaven." The longer I live in Los Angeles, though, the more I recognize that we are truly blessed with a wealth of trail-running riches.
Perhaps the largest of these is the vast network of trails in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Thanks to multiple contiguous public lands, it's possible to do a point-to-point thirty-mile run without touching pavement or leaving the city limits.
One park within the National Recreation Area is Topanga State Park.
That's where I headed last Sunday, to do a 15-miler on Fire Road 30 and Eagle Spring Fire Road. I began at the Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park, the trailhead at the top of Reseda Boulevard, then headed west on Dirt Mulholland to Fire Road 30. At the intersection known as "The Hub," I proceeded down Eagle Spring Fire Road, then turned around for a 15-mile round trip.
It was a gorgeous, overcast day. Enjoy the photos! And see you on the trail.