Photo: Some Guy Took A Segway Up A Topanga Hiking Trail
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and Rob Bynder and his wife Sam Bryant were out for a hike in Topanga State Park when a Segway passed them by. They were hiking Parker Mesa Overlook Trail from Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park, and Bynder, who spoke with LAist, said that he and and his wife were at least three or four miles out on the trail when the Segway appeared."It was so far out. I don't know how he got up there," Bynder told LAist.
"Hiking in Los Angeles and you see this dork," he later tweeted with the photo.
"He just kind of zoomed up behind us and passed us on the trail, which by the way I think is illegal, having a motorized vehicle on a state park trail, not that I want to get the guy arrested," Bynder said. No one answered the phone at the park's ranger station, so the question of legality remains unanswered. Topanga State Park is one of the largest state parks within a city limit in the U.S., according to the National Park Service. (Topanga is a part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which is jointly administered by the National Park Service, California State Parks, and several local agencies.)
"It was just so L.A.," Bynder said. "I took that picture and then I was like I gotta tweet that."
"I've been hiking for my whole life and I've never seen a mountain lion or anything cool," he told LAist, adding that the Segway rider was "by far the wildest animal I'd ever seen."
Bynder, a native Angeleno and a Topanga resident, describes the rest of his Sunday, which also included a stop for smoothies at Topanga Living Cafe, as being "lovely" but otherwise uneventful.