Stoney Point

Stoney Point in Chatsworth

Stoney point is tucked away in a quiet part of Chatsworth. Its most notable characteristic is the steep and imposing rock formation. Because of this, it has actually become a very popular spot for mountain climbers. It is not tall enough for serious climbers, but it has some challenging climbs that are great for practice.

There is a lot of vegetation year-round with many bushes and shrubs. There are not many trees so don’t forget a hat or sunglasses.

Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park
Topanga State Park
Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park is a massive nature reserve with many different trails and several different places to enter the park from. Some of the trailheads have their own parking lots, which can be nice but comes with a $10 fee. At over 11,500 acres you can go there and escape from civilization.

The highest peaks are tall enough that you can see across the valley and into the ocean from one point.

There are seasonal rivers and a waterfall, which is a very popular hiking destination in the spring and summer.

For those that really love this spot, there’s camping amenities as well.

Malibu State Park

Malibu State Park by Sergei Gussev
Malibu State Park by Sergei Gussev

Malibu State Park is another giant at over 8000 acres. It is located in the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Malibu. It stretches from the desert chaparral of the valley all the way to the beach.

MASH Set by Marty B

The park is not only a beautiful sight of nature but also has some popular manmade attractions. The most famous of these the the set of the show M*A*S*H. There is still a well-preserved Korean War ambulance there that has been preserved as a monument. The hike to get there is 3.6 miles.

Hansen Dam Wildlife Reserve

Hansen Dam, photo by SFV Audubon Society

Hansen Dam Wildlife Reserve is a great place to spend a weekend afternoon. We should start off by pointing out that it is actually a lot more than just a dam and a nature reserve. It has many different types of recreation including two lakes, sports fields, a jungle gym, and picnic areas.

The two different lakes (both of which are manmade) serve two very different purposes. One is part of the nature reserve for birds and fish. People are allowed to fish there as well as feed the birds. The other lake is for people to swim and does not have any fish. It is open to the public and maintained by LA Parks and Recreation.

There are many trails that are open to both hikers as well as horseback riders. These trails connect with others that go into the Angeles National Forest and even come in contact with the world famous Pacific Crest Trail.

It is common to see large gatherings of all different kinds. On any given weekend you will see lots of different parties from birthdays with young kids and bounce houses, to weddings with entire extended families dressed up in formal attire.

Tujunga Canyon

Tujunga Canyon, William D Skiles

Tujunga Canyon is partly in the city of Los Angeles and is right up against the northwestern corner of the SFV. The trails go back into Angeles Forest. It has roads that go through the forest that and all the way across the desert. It’s a route that can be taken for more scenic views or just to avoid rush hour traffic.

There are several rivers and many world-famous cliff jumping spots. The most well-known being Monkey Canyon and wikkiup.

Cell phone reception can be poor in the canyon, so bring a buddy and make sure to tell a friend where you are.

Corbin Canyon Park

Corbin Canyon, Hikespeak

It is located right on the edge of Topanga State Park by Tarzana and Woodland hills. This park is one of the few in the area that allows both horses and bicycles. This is uncommon for fairly obvious reasons, so that is one thing that you need to consider, especially if bringing small children or a pet.

For everyone who does horseback riding or mountain biking, this is their playground. Most of the trails are very open, making it more traversable for horse and bike riders. With that being said, you must always remember that horse riders must yield to pedestrians and bicyclists must yield to everyone.

Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park