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'
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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