Topanga Lookout and Saddle Peak---loop hike

A 9 mile Loop hike from Stunt Road up the rocky ridge to Topanga Lookout, with amazing climbable rock formations all the way up, (takes 3 hours) then snacks/ late lunch on the concrete pad up there with great views of the city and the ocean,

 

then up to the top of Saddle Peak for more fun climbing rocks,  Finally, downhill via the Stunt High Trail past Cold Creek back to our cars.

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WE MEETUP AT 2:00 AND HIKE STARTS AT 2:15 --I WILL WAIT 15 MINUTES MAXIMUM FOR LATECOMERS. PLEASE TAKE THE 101 FREEWAY TO GET HERE, AS THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY WILL BE A PARKING LOT!!! Call me at[masked] if lost

 

DISTANCE: 9 miles, 5 HOURS. Elevation gain is 1250 feet from Stunt Road to Topanga Lookout in mostly full sun. Then we gain another 350 feet after lunch to hit Saddle Peak in part sun part shade.

 

FOLLOWED BY OPTIONAL DINNER AT SOME PLACE TO BE DETERMINED, MOST LIKELY Rocco's Pizzaria IN TOPANGA CANYON. 123 S Topanga Canyon Blvd

 

Weather is predicted to be 82 degrees:

http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/USCA0149


DIFFICULTY: The first three hours is a hard workout, but is doable by any able hiker. We will sometimes need to use our hands as we climb over rocks on the trail to Topanga Lookout. After lunch, the trail is much easier (more civilized).

 

PLEASE: NO DOGS, EVEN ON-LEASH

 

PHOTOS: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=4659602

 

(BELOW: optional climb up this rock--the trail goes around it--suitable for thrillseekers only!)

(NOTE: sofas are not included)

(Topanga Lookout)

 

(Saddle Peak)

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DIRECTIONS TO PARKING AREA:

Take the 101 freeway to the Woodland Hills area, and take the offramp to the SOUTHBOUND Topanga canyon Blvd.

In a mile, turn right onto Mulholland Drive. In a mile or so, you turn left onto Mulholland Highway. If you pass a Gelson's market shopping center, you took the correct turn.

Follow Mulholland Highway several more miles over the summit, then in a little more than a mile there is a hard right turn. Just before this turn is Stunt Road. Turn left onto Stunt road and go about 1 miles. PARK NEAR TRAIL CROSSING SIGN.

 

GOOGLE DIRECTIONS: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Culver+City,+CA&daddr=1667+Stunt+Rd,+Calabasas,+CA&hl=en&sll=37.269174,-119.306607&sspn=11.21887,19.753418&geocode=FQIfBwIdzmnx-Cmdc3fbHrrCgDH-WetL0emFMQ%3BFUdACAIdl5Dt-Ck5CwC_jJ_CgDGydxCgrNQzYQ&t=m&mra=ls&z=12

 BELOW: LOCATION OF PARKING

MAP TO THE PARKING--MEETUP SPOT:

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=34.09507,-118.64852&z=15&t=M&marker0=34.09507%2C-118.64852%2C4.4%20km%20W%20of%20Topanga%20CA

 

PRINTABLE TRAIL MAPS:

http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/d/a/3/6/highres_75595862.jpeg

http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/2/c/9/4/highres_76571412.jpeg

 

AS USUAL: BRING 4 LITERS OF WATER, A HAT, SUNSCREEN, COMFORTABLE SHOES, LUNCH, SNACKS

 

LEGAL STUFF: finally, by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:

http://www.meetup.com/terms/

 

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  • Leo S.

    This was a great time. I really enjoyed the group
    and I hope the next hike Rex organizes you will all sign up!

    July 21

  • Lee Z.

    Rex - you do fantastic location hikes. Kudos

    July 20

  • Maria Paz R.

    Nice challenging hike. I'm sorry I missed the last tranquil part though I did have since time chatting it up with Good company along the road too. And dinner was fun! Thank you Rex for organizing. It was great meeting all of you

    July 20

  • Rex Frankel; M.

    my favorite hike of the year!

    July 20

  • Carmen

    After I uploaded the photos, I realized they not only have the wrong date and time printed on them. Just disregard that as we know it was 7/19/14.:)

    July 20

  • Carmen

    Challenging on the way up climbing the rocks: Once we got to the top, though, I felt rewarded. Downhill through Saddle peak was gorgeous and relaxing. Thanks Rex for your patience and sympathy to the group who couldn't make it to the top through the big rock.

    July 19

  • Lori

    It was nice hiking with y'all! Sorry I left from the restaurant so quickly. I was stressed about running out of gas. It was close but I made it!!! :)

    July 19

  • Jihee

    Sorry, I cannot make it today due to the conflict of other schedule in the evening. Have a wonderful day.

    July 19

  • Liz K.

    Change of plans. Sorry, I'm heading out to Ojai. But for those of you that have not done this hike...you'll love it!

    July 19

  • Liz K.

    This is one of my favorites! Race ya to the top!

    July 18

  • Sally

    Finally!!, A hike near where i live. No more driving an hour to get to a hike. I am all smiles. I will be there!

    2 · July 16

  • Tammy

    You know why I love this one :)

    July 16

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