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Castle Peak - Cave of Munits - Stunning 360 View

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Location: Cave of the Munits trail head

Hike Difficulty: mostly Level 4/10 (Cave climbing is a part of this hike.)

Distance: 3 miles

Elevation Gain: 700'

Time: 3 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail (We will climb up the 100 feet chimney cave.)

Water: Minimum 1 liter (2 bottles)

Dog: No dog

Toilette: None

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What to bring: sunscreen, snacks, water, and the usual stuff. No hiking pole.

What to wear: hat, long pants and hiking boots. Gloves are not recommended. (Absolutely no tennis shoes)

Direction: The trail head is at 24477 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307. It is accessible from 101 and 118 freeway via Topanga Canyon Blvd and Vanowen St.

Parking: Residential street parking

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Lunch afterward: We will meet at the corner of Vanowen St. and Fallbrook Ave. (Northeast corner of the Fallbrook Mall), and have lunch at the Tikka Grill. It has the best Yelp review among the 4 restaurants around this corner, and the price is quite reasonable.  

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Trail Description:

The 'Cave of Munits' is a large cave on the side of Escorpión Peak within the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve.

The cave is important because stories about its significance are still known by Chumash people today. According to oral history, this cave was the home of a very powerful shaman who eventually met his end after murdering the son of a politically important chief. Chumash culture was here for 10,000 years.

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Our Policy:

Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level >7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list.

Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.

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Warning and Disclaimer:

If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

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  • Mike C.

    Let me thank all of you for joining me on this adventurous climb up Cave of Munits and Castle Peak. Weather was perfect and our spirit was high. It is a perfect getaway for a Saturday morning.

    Let me take this opportunity to thank those who make this hike possible. I want to thank Daniel for leading and Steve for sweeping for a job well done. We also need to thank Cory and John to assisting hikers up the cave. Without you guys, it would have been a lot harder.

    The lunch at Chili's was a blast. It could go on for a couple more hours and no one would notice the time. We must also thank Steve for the wine. He is so generous as usual.

    4 · March 30, 2014

    • SIL

      My pleasure. Wine always tastes better when shared with friends.....

      March 31, 2014

    • Tony

      thank you mike and everyone for a wonderful time.

      March 31, 2014

  • Nancy

    Great hike and nice view!!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Adele W.

    Wow! Computer gremlins so just seeing the photos now. It was a fantastic experience! I want to thank all of you for your help and encouragement. I am stoked to build some strength and endurance so one day I can join you again. You Rock!!! Happy trails til then.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Richard C

    Sorry to have to opt out. Been dealing with plumbing probs and continuing tomorrow morning. Have a great hike every one!

    March 29, 2014

    • SIL

      We missed you Richard A Lot! Did you have your plumbing fixed? I have an excellent plumber. Just let me know if you need him.

      1 · March 29, 2014

    • Richard C

      Hi Steve, thanks for your offer. It was resolved. Now I can flush my worries away!

      March 30, 2014

  • Daniel

    Beautiful hike. Short and sweet. I always have a blast hanging out with this group.

    March 30, 2014

  • Cory P.

    Great View. Great climb

    March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks all! Was fun meeting everyone and laughing at Chili's. I'm full of mashed potato and broccoli and am napping soundly. Was a good day!

    2 · March 29, 2014

  • Cory P.

    As usual :)
    Looking to carpool from 2521 Fairmount Ave. La Crescenta. My neighborhood can accommodate lots of cars. Easy access to the 2/210 Fwy. Or we can organize some meeting place.

    March 24, 2014

    • Cory P.

      I'd say 8:30am. It's about a 40 -45 min drive

      March 27, 2014

    • SIL

      Thanks again for carpooling!

      March 29, 2014

  • SIL

    Another fantastic hike organized by Mike Cheng. All the fellow hikers made it exceptionally special. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you so much.

    March 29, 2014

  • Adele W.

    I'd like to try it but the 50' cave looks a little daunting.

    1 · March 22, 2014

    • Michelle

      It looks daunting but I did it with another group. There will be, im sure, people to help you out. Getting in the cave can be a bit tough but with a good push and pull you will be ok....its a great hike

      1 · March 22, 2014

    • SIL

      So proud of you Adele! You did great!!!

      1 · March 29, 2014

  • caroline

    Sooo very disappointed... Have to cancel!! Have to work though out the weekend...Wish I could be there.... :-(

    March 28, 2014

    • SIL

      Just let your boss know you are still shell shocked from the earthquake and you need to stay outdoors for just a few hours. He will understand.

      2 · March 29, 2014

    • caroline

      hahaha... that is a good one :) Have to meet with the client for finalizing the project... and you don't want to disappoint them ... too bad!! Next time hopefully ! You guys have fun !

      March 29, 2014

  • Adele W.

    The address did not show up on my Garmin. I might notmake it in time .

    March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had to cancel ..Party I forgot about..and it's at my house!...See you soon Mike..

    March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I sprained my wrist weight lifting in the gym this week so I really cannot climb through a cave so someone can have my spot but see you next week at Islip.

    March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks like a lot of Fun Mike !!!

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Mike C.

      Thank you Joey.

      March 27, 2014

  • Annie K

    Is anyone coming from the south bay?

    March 27, 2014

    • Tony

      i'll be coming up the 405 from long beach. but may not be staying for the after hike lunch.

      March 27, 2014

  • John N.

    Do I need an adventure pass for this hike?

    March 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No.

      1 · March 27, 2014

    • John N.

      Good - thanks Jay!

      March 27, 2014

  • John N.

    I'll be driving up from Downtown if anyone wants a lift.

    March 26, 2014

  • Adele W.

    Thanks for the encouragement. Just did Topanga rocks. I held up well so building some confidence.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Mike, I got up late. I'll be 15 minutes late...Can you wait???

    March 23, 2014

  • Adele W.

    could a beginner handle this hike?

    March 22, 2014

  • Alina

    Can I bring my 9 years old kid?

    March 17, 2014

    • Mike C.

      May not be a good idea. We will be climbing up a 50' cave.

      March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Schedule conflict. Have an outing to Santa Cruz island with VHC. You guys have fun!

    March 15, 2014

  • Michelle

    Did this hike awhile ago it was awesome!!

    March 14, 2014

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