Trippin' In Topanga

Slow down and join us for a day devoted to activities in lovely Topanga Canyon! We'll spend it hiking in Red Rock Canyon Park, dining at one of the local establishments, shopping the funky stores, and vegan potluck picnicking outside Will Gear's Theatricum Botanicum before heading inside the amphitheater to watch a performance of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Tickets are normally $35, but will be discounted 15% with a group of 10 or more.

Attend the whole day or drop in for your favorite activities (see schedule below). Please let us know if you plan to attend the play when you RSVP. Bring water, hiking gear, a cooler to keep your potluck dish fresh, and extra money (cash, credit card) to cover anything else you want to purchase that day. Feel free to contact meet-up coordinators of Trippin' In Topanga with any questions, Lisa Levinson[masked] and Lesa Miller[masked]-7389.

10am: meet in the parking lot of Pine Circle Mall near Waterlily Cafe in Topanga town center at 120 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Cyn CA 90290

10:15-30am: carpool to Red Rock Canyon Park (trailhead info below)

10:30-12pm: gentle, majestic hike in Red Rock Canyon Park (2.5 miles)

12:15-2:30pm: explore/shop the funky consignment stores and/or grab a snack or beverage at Abuelitas, The Waterlily Cafe or General Store, all within a hop, skip and jump from each other.

2:30-4pm: drive to Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum outdoor amphitheater where we'll enjoy a potluck picnic of vegan food and drink (BYOB is allowed here prior to entering the amphitheater), but feel free to bring whatever you want, including water. Address & contact info: 1419 N. Topanga Cyn Blvd, Topanga CA 90290. [masked]-3723.

4-6-ishpm: Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew inside the amphitheater. Tickets can be purchased at this link, but groups of 10+ get discount tickets ( Please purchase your tickets first & mention you are with the Levinson-Miller group in order to apply the discount. I have not asked the Botanicum if we can approach it that way yet.

6pm-on: We could stop at either Inn of the Seventh Ray or Froggy's Restaurant for a nightcap before calling it a night, depending on our energy levels.

Trail Details: Red Rocks Canyon is an enchanting spot. The drive into the park makes you feel as though you are entering a remote and rustic location. Leashed dogs and bicycles are permitted. There are bathrooms and a picnic area at the trailhead. A third of a mile from the trailhead along Red Rock Motorway, there is a tall sandstone formation on the left that begs to be explored. Climb above the small caves to gain a sweeping view of Red Rock Canyon.

Not far beyond the caves comes a junction with the Overlook Trail. This unmarked single track breaks off to the right and climbs 325 feet over 3/4 of a mile to more outstanding Red Rock views. Those looking to break off trail and do some bouldering, will find good opportunities along the way.

As the name implies, Red Rock Canyon is filled with impressive colorful sandstone. The red rocks stand out from their lush green surroundings to create a dramatic landscape. The park’s “main” entrance is located at the end of Red Rock Road. Main is in quotes because the park entrance is so hidden that one must drive down a narrow dirt road to reach it. First time visitors will be questioning their directions, but this only adds to the enchanting character of the park.

There are two basic trails within the park, Red Rocks Overlook and Red Rock Motorway. Red Rock Motorway is a wide fire road that starts at the parking lot and progresses up to a T-junction with the Calabasas Peak Motorway. The junction is 1.1 miles from the summit and 0.7 miles from Stunt Road. The total distance from the Red Rocks Trailhead to Calabasas Peak is 2.3 miles, and it is 1.9 miles from the Red Rocks Trailhead to Stunt Road.

To get to the trailhead (from 101): Take the Valley Circle Drive/Topanga Canyon Blvd. exit off the 101, and head south on Mulholland Drive. Turn right on Valmar Road which becomes Old Topanga Canyon Road. Turn right when the road comes to an end on Mulholland Highway Road. After a short distance, turn left to get back on Old Topanga Canyon Road. Stay on this road as it weaves through canyon neighborhoods, and turn right on to Red Rock Road. Stay on Red Rock Road as it becomes narrow and unpaved. Continue past all of the “no parking” and “no trespassing” signs until the road ends at the park.

Trailhead address: 23601 West Red Rock Road, Topanga Canyon, CA 90290
Trailhead coordinates:[masked], [masked]

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