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Secret Trail to Calabasas Peak

We have done Calabasas Peak from the Stunt Road trailhead, but this route will be new for us.  The "Secret Trail" (that is its actual name) runs from Mulholland Highway two miles up to a fire road that we will take another half mile up to Calabasas Peak.  From the top there are wonderful views in all directions, including Pacific Palisades, the SF Valley, nearby Saddle Peak, and more!  We will be done before it gets dark.

Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1050'
Difficulty: Intermediate
Restrooms: Haha!
Parking: Free, but EXTREMELY limited! READ the info below!!!!!
Dogs
: Only if leashed, per State law.

Important: Make sure you bring plenty of water for this hike, especially if it is hot.  The Secret Trail can get very hot going up, though there is some shade and the fire road often has a nice breeze.

Known Dangers: Near the top watch out for the notorious Biting Butt Bugs of Calabasas Peak!  Poison oak is also present on a short section of the bottom portion of the trail, and rattlesnakes & slip 'n fall are always possible.  Because of the poison oak (and possible ticks), I strongly advise long pants, even if it's hot.

Driving Directions:  Get on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas and watch the mile markers by the side of the road. The trailhead is between mile marker 27.42 and 27.53, about a half mile from Dry Canyon Cold Creek Road.  NOTE:  My Apple Maps tried to take me to the wrong road!  Google Maps was worse! It told me it could not find any route at all.  Just follow the directions here, it's actually quite simple.  The trailhead is on the SOUTH side of Mulholland and you will see white painted stripes that almost look like parking spaces, but DO NOT PARK there or you'll get a ticket!  You must pull your vehicle off the pavement!  Read the next paragraph too!

Parking!!!! There are only spots for perhaps 10 vehicles if we park very close to one another's bumpers.  If other people are there when we arrive, there won't be enough room.  IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU CARPOOL, 4-5 people per vehicle!  As always, help your driver to pay for gas as a courtesy.  Use the comments section below to communicate, but send your phone numbers to others in private emails (go to the other person's profile and look for the email link).  If you put your phone in the comments, the scammers will get it and you'll get unwelcome calls. Because of this parking situation, I'm putting a limit on the number of attendees, and  No Guests unless I loosen that restriction close the day itself.  If we get there and there simply isn't enough parking, we will drive to the nearby Stunt Road trailhead where there is more parking, but it's a much steeper hike.

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  • Hanni M.

    Thank you Kurt it was amazing I really enjoin that hike

    June 8, 2014

  • Harshali

    Thank you Kurt for organizing this wonderful hike! It was a great experience... Three cheers for the group... Everyone one is very welcoming and energetic.... I enjoyed thoroughly... Will see you guys again soon!!

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Hanni M.

    Thank you cece ,I will Chang my picture ,it was nice meeting you I hope we can go on a hike again with the group it was great

    June 8, 2014

  • Jinjer

    Thanks for taking us on such a fun hike, Kurt! I liked this trail a lot. Beautiful scenery, perfect weather, and really nice people.

    June 8, 2014

  • Kurt G.

    I had a wonderful time at the hike, as well as at the Sagebrush afterwards, and I hope the rest of you did as well. We had several new people this evening, which is always fun. I hope you felt welcome and that you come back for more events. The weather was great, we saw some great views and a horseback riding club, and I'm not aware of anyone being attacked by the infamous Butt Biting Bugs of Calabasas Peak! Hooray! The Sagebrush festivities got a little out of hand when the dancing morphed into pole dancing, but the bouncers were nice enough as they showed us the door.

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Kurt G.

    Here is a link to the park where people are meeting. Leave from here AT 5, so get there before then.
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/3701+Lost+Hills+Rd/@34.126843,-118.7076018,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80e820ef8efef571:0x99e413d09141b547?hl=en

    June 7, 2014

    • Paul

      I won't be going early now as I did not hear back in time. See you another time.

      June 7, 2014

    • Kurt G.

      Paul, I was there at 3 and looked around but didn't see anyone else so off I went and hiked it.

      June 8, 2014

  • Jan

    Good timing, great trails and wonderful leadership ! Thanks Kurt;)

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Dodger J.

    Great, driven by many times, now I know where it is.

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Cece R.

    Kurt...thank you so much for the great hike. Richard...thank you for driving.
    Partner trail-mates...you are are so wonderful.........have a great week!!

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • ellen g.

    Lori where are you. ..iam waiting in the Parkinglot

    June 7, 2014

    • Jinjer

      Almost there!!!!

      1 · June 7, 2014

  • Jinjer

    Whoever is waiting at winnetka for Lori. We're almost there.

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Hanni M.

    My phone is[masked]

    June 7, 2014

  • Hanni M.

    Sorry i have an auto correction if I don't watch it it s spell wrong ,I meant I can meet you at 4pm

    June 7, 2014

  • Hanni M.

    Nono tat 3 pm would you like to Meeting at 4pm

    June 7, 2014

  • Adriana C

    Have fun all, sad I'm missing it!

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Debra

    Not gonna make it. I'm at a service project that has gone south. Will meet you at Sagebrush.

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I could carpool with anyone coming from Santa Clarita area.

    June 7, 2014

  • Hanni M.

    Mercedes
    I live in 5780 kelvin ave if you know where Target is above Ventura we can Meer there or you can came to my house and we drive from her.

    June 7, 2014

  • Hanni M.

    Mercedes,

    We can carpool where can we meet

    June 6, 2014

    • Mercedes

      Somewhere close to the 101 freeway. Somewhere safe to leave the car. Do want to drive and I will give u 4 gas or you want me to drive?

      June 6, 2014

  • Dodger J.

    Anyone carpooling should meet @ de Anza Park at 4:30 to leave at 5:00 and make 5:30 trailhead start.
    Don't want to be late for life. You might miss something important or someone cute.

    June 3, 2014

    • Kurt G.

      This is an excellent place to meet and carpool as joe says. It's on Lost Hills a couple miles from its own exit off the 101, almost to Las Virgenes.

      June 6, 2014

    • Darcy M.

      I'm late to the carpooling party but is Deanza park on? Works for me

      June 6, 2014

  • Damaris S.

    Anyone for carpool? I can meet in Chatsworth, Woodland Hills or Calabasas. Thanks.

    May 27, 2014

    • Dodger J.

      Carpoolers should ALL meet @ de Anza park on Lost Hills just west of Las Virgenes and condense into cars. Parking up @ the trailhead is very limited.

      June 6, 2014

    • Dodger J.

      4:30 and make trailhead by 5:30 start.

      June 6, 2014

  • Robert

    Kurt, I was driving back now from.Kings Canyon N.P. ..will be there. .

    June 6, 2014

  • Hanni M.

    Anyone carpool at woodland Hills?

    June 4, 2014

    • Mercedes

      I live close by Hanni. We can carpool if you want. I am new this group so I don't anyone private emails.

      June 5, 2014

  • Adriana C

    I can squeeze a few ppl in my car, more so however taking car seats out and putting them back is a pain in the ass! We can meet at Juan Bautista park

    May 28, 2014

    • Marc

      It looks like a lot of people are meeting at Juan Bautista at 4:30. I'm sure you could meet up and carpool with someone....that's what I'm planning on doing.

      1 · June 5, 2014

    • Cece R.

      Count me in........

      June 5, 2014

  • Adriana C

    Ok looks like I won't be able to go now. Wahhhhh! Have to help out a friend in Ventura. Have fun be safe! I still think everyone should meet and carpool from Juan Bautista Park though! Kirk thanks so much for dealing with my high maintenance self. Have a shot for me at Sagebrush! You guys will enjoy it there.

    June 3, 2014

    • Dodger J.

      Bummer, we can change plans and help her instead of hiking and drinking, well maybe not. I am good for a Ventura trip any time though. Surf's up, but I do not surf. Beach time. Hiking in Ventura?

      1 · June 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to carpool and will be coming from Oxnard. If anyone has space, please email me. Thank you. :-). Sagebrush, yea, baby, I'm in for that, too!!!

    May 27, 2014

    • Dodger J.

      Is your last name Jameson, Adriana?

      1 · June 2, 2014

    • Adriana C

      Kurt, not sure. Depends on the day and how I'm feeling. I'll know a few hrs ahead of time.

      June 3, 2014

  • Mercedes

    I will like to
    Carpool? Anyone going from Tarzana? Please email me.

    June 3, 2014

  • Robert

    I think the.bug thing is Kurt's sense of humor.

    May 29, 2014

    • Kurt G.

      Art, read my reply just above yours for the full explanation. It's a bug that bites butts.

      June 2, 2014

    • ART

      I read it again... sounds like a tick

      June 2, 2014

  • Dodger J.

    Surfing lessons in the back of my truck at 50 mph through the canyons would be a more exhilarating ride than a limo. And Kurt we have know cents of good humor, man. Cheece and Chong by the way was great on Saturday @ the Greek. Dave's not here, man, It is time for another potluck. Adriana told me so,

    June 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Haha... I thought it was Cheech & Chong... And surfing in your truck? What have you been smokin, Joe. Lol.

      June 2, 2014

    • Dodger J.

      Nada. Blame the margarita after the hike last night. 2 hours of hiking and 3 hours of drinking, eating, & laughing. Cantina on Saturday. BYOS. Bring your own sombrero.

      June 2, 2014

  • Adriana C

    Is there a spot in calabasas we all can meet and carpool together?

    May 27, 2014

    • Debra

      Me too?

      June 2, 2014

    • Adriana C

      Yes and yes!

      June 2, 2014

  • Ben B. (CDH f.

    If you park diagonally, you can get a lot more cars in.

    1 · June 2, 2014

    • Kurt G.

      Excellent info, Ben! Thx!

      June 2, 2014

  • Menaka

    Hello, anyone going from Moorpark/Simi/TO area to car pool?
    I can meet in a convenient location to you. Please email. Thanks

    May 31, 2014

  • Robert

    Will Marc be riding horses this time?

    2 · May 29, 2014

  • Kurt G.

    The best place to meet and consolidate cars is the place where we hiked tonight (Wednesday, May 28). Here is a link to the hike, where you can find the exact location, not far from where we will go for THIS hike: http://www.meetup.com/The-PM-Hikers/events/184277362/

    May 28, 2014

  • Robert

    Any live music @ Sagebrush that day.

    May 28, 2014

    • Adriana C

      Yes there is! A dj as well as a rock band @8:30

      1 · May 28, 2014

  • Adriana C

    Biting butt bugs AND ticks, I seriously can't even deal with that nonsense. However, I still want to go. If anyone is interested, we can meet up at Sagebrush Cantina afterwords :)

    1 · May 26, 2014

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