Top of the Morning

Tuna Canyon Park Sunrise

Secluded at 1,500 feet in the Santa Monica Mountains, Tuna Canyon Park in Malibu is quiet even on a gorgeous Saturday afternon, its stunning ocean views shared by few hikers. But visit at sunrise and the park feels truly wild: Rustling trees, singing birds, and scampering animals are the only sounds you’ll hear. Hike 0.8 mile uphill on a wide fire road to a spectacular sunrise viewpoint marked by a spiraling labyrinth of stones. Views of Santa Monica Bay and the Pacific surround you, and on clear days you can see the San Gabriels in the distance. It’s especially breathtaking when a sea of fog spreads out below, waiting for the sun to break through and turn the sky into a kaleidoscope of purples and pinks. Wild sunrise.

Café, s’il vous plaît: Finish the morning at Topanga’s Café Mimosa (395 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.), a quirky local spot with French flair serving coffee drinks, teas, and bites to eat (but … no mimosas!). Sip your latte outside on the patio.

This is a 1.6-mile (round-trip) hike. From Topanga Canyon Blvd., head west onto Fernwood Pacific Dr. and then take your second left to stay on Fernwood Pacific. Fernwood Pacific becomes Tuna Canyon Rd. after 1.3 miles. The park entrance can be tricky to find: After 2.3 miles on Tuna Canyon Road, the entrance appears at a junction with an unmarked fire road that’s known as Big Rock Motorway. Parking is available on the side of Tuna Canyon Rd. Hike on Big Rock Motorway for 0.2 mile until you reach an unmarked T-junction; here, turn left and hike 0.5 mile to the summit. Café Mimosa, open at 7:30 a.m., is located right near the turnoff for Fernwood Pacific Dr. Tuna Canyon Park and Café Mimosa’s patio are dog-friendly!

Trending Stories SoCal

View all Stories
  1. Image that represents the story
    Sponsored

    Road Trip Ahead: Oregon Outback

    Remote open spaces, camping under true Dark Skies, hiking and biking trails galore, wildlife refuges, and hot springs! Plan your road trip to the Oregon Outback this summer.

    View
  2. Image that represents the story

    Easiest Best Hike in the World

    Choose the easiest and most view-rewarding hike in Yosemite. Okay, we’ll go first: the combination of hiking to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. Both of these lookouts are within a couple miles of each other on Glacier Point Road

    View
  3. Image that represents the story
    Sponsored

    All Roads Lead to Rogue

    Idea for your next road trip: Go Rogue! The Rogue Valley in beautiful Southern Oregon has some of the state’s best hiking, swim holes, and wineries, and the charming historic towns of Ashland, Medford, and Jacksonville.

    View
  4. Image that represents the story

    Bouquet of Waterfalls

    Like a good love letter, some of the best hiking trails are short and sweet. Cue the hike to Bouquet Falls in Santa Clarita Valley’s Bouquet Canyon.

    View

Trending Stories Northern CA

View all Stories
  1. Image that represents the story

    Tam Slam!

    This 8-mile (round-trip) hike is a pure classic, with redwoods, water-flows, and soaring views of the coastline. Oh yeah, and that ladder!

    View
  2. Image that represents the story

    Secret Beach

    A hidden beach and a killer view? Those are hard to come by, but that’s exactly what you’ll get at Perles Beach on Angel Island. This pocket cove is worth the 1.5-mile trek to get there.

    View
  3. Image that represents the story

    Magical McClures

    McClures Beach is a seductive little spot: small, beautiful, and quiet. It’s easy to while away an afternoon-turned-sunset at this pocket cove in Point Reyes.

    View
  4. Image that represents the story
    Sponsored

    Road Trip Ahead: Oregon Outback

    Remote open spaces, camping under true Dark Skies, hiking and biking trails galore, wildlife refuges, and hot springs! Plan your road trip to the Oregon Outback this summer.

    View