Fossil Ridge and Saddle Peak west of Topanga, lots of rocks to play on

(ABOVE: rocks on Scheuren road owned by the National Park Service)


Here's one for those that hate lots of elevation gain....

(cause it's going to be hot!)

We start on Saddle Peak Road at the beginning of the Fossil Ridge trail portion of the Backbone trail. We head west passing assorted old sea shell imprints in the rocks. Then we hit the saddle where three roads come together and head south and drop by about 150 feet to some rock formations no other hiking groups have gone to which are owned by the National Park Service. Then we head back up to the three roads-saddle and head further west to the summit of Saddle Peak (UP BY 500 FEET) .  We get some shade on the uphill trail. Then we climb around on the rocks there including some on the Stunt High trail.

Then we return going east via the Backbone trail and Fossil ridge trails to our cars, bikes and skateboards.

ABOUT 3  1/2 HOURS MAXIMUM

MAP LINK TO PARKING AREA: http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=34.08304,-118.63946&z=15&t=M&marker0=34.08386%2C-118.63637%2C3.5%20km%20WxSW%20of%20Topanga%20CA

 

 

 

THE USUAL STUFF:

BRING ALL THE USUAL STUFF, I'M NOT YOUR MOM....

Bring clothing (sorry, nude hikes are a different Meetup group), lots of water, hat, comfy shoes, snacks, all your troubles..., guitar, camera, etc

LEGAL STUFF:  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.

    Carmen

    The photos are really great!

    Leo

    July 31

  • Ann S.

    I really wanted to join you all but I couldn't find the anyone up there. I got lost!!!! Maybe next time will work out better. Wish me luck!

    July 26

  • Murielle

    Sorry, only just got back - hideous traffic. Hope you're all having a fab time conquering the rocks!

    July 26

  • Eric B

    Late addition, hope I get there in time.

    July 26

    • Missy S.

      I am lost went up Mildas dr off of stunt

      July 26

    • Eric B

      Drive to intersection of three roads at top of stunt road then continue east on Saddle Peak Road. Call me at[masked]

      July 26

  • Rex Frankel; M.

    if anyone is interested in an exploration hike nearby at 1 pm to a special place, leave your comment and I'll get back to you privately.

    1 · July 23

    • Whirlie T.

      Can't make it :) have fun ! Next time !

      July 26

  • Murielle

    Not sure out get there in time. On my way back from Santa Barbara.

    July 26

  • Missy S.

    Can I bring my dog?

    July 25

    • Rex Frankel; M.

      dogs on leash are ok with me. I don't know what the rangers might say, though, as we'll be on state parkland, where normally dogs are prohibited.

      July 26

  • wendy

    Sorry.. I need to catch u on the trails for next hike. If hike were earlier , I may have been able to make it.

    July 26

  • Nedda H.

    Hi Rex,
    How many miles is the Fossil Ridge hike?

    July 25

  • Rex Frankel; M.

    revised weather report for Saddle peak hike: around 85, 10 degrees cooler than the valley, 10 degrees warmer than Malibu beach.

    July 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone would like to carpool, meet me at Wholefoods, Woodland hills , I get off from work at 2, I leave from there to the hike at 2:15.

    July 25

  • Rex Frankel; M.

    weather report for tomorrow says 71 degrees on the Malibu side of the mountain and 92 degrees on the Calabasas side. Luckily, we're staying on the Malibu side most of the hike!

    July 25

  • Rex Frankel; M.

    I added a streetview picture of the roadside rocks on Scheuren Road that we'll be visiting. They've always looked cool from my car...

    1 · July 24

  • Pontida (.

    Hi Rex, is this the same location as last Saturday's?

    July 23

    • Rex Frankel; M.

      this is the peak we did not do last Saturday, plus some more rocks that were not in last week's plans. And since it is going to be very hot, this hike features only a little elevation gain.

      July 23

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