Unique Rock Series # 2: Castle Peak - Cave of Munits - Stunning 360 View

This Hike Will Be Repeated on 10/6/12.

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Hike assistant: Mike J. and Thomas Arnold

Location: Cave of the Munits trail head

Hike Difficulty: Moderate, mostly Level 3/10. Cave climbing is a part of this hike. We will climb up, down and around (mostly around) big boulders.

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

Parking: Residential street parking

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.

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

What to bring: sunscreen, snacks, water, and the usual stuff.

Hiking plan: We plan to climb up the Cave, hike along the ridge line, and make a short climb up to the Peak. We will play around the Peak area, and then take an easy trail back down.

This entire hike is along the edge of a rocky cliff. If you are afraid of heights or you are not used to hiking up, down and around (mostly around) big boulders, then this may not be the hike for you.

This hike is not difficult. From the Cave to the Peak is around 1 mile. But in certain places all of us may need to be assisted by our fellow hikers. Some of the breaks that we plan to take will be along the edge of a sheer cliff.

I do not recommend gloves so that you have full use of your fingers. You hands may sustain some scratches but it is safer for you.  The sole of your hiking boots need to have sufficient traction to give you the grip that you need for this hike.

We plan to take it slow to make sure everyone has a fun and safe experience.

Lunch afterward: We will meet at the corner of Vanowen St. and Fallbrook Ave. (Northeast corner of the Fallbrook Mall). There are several restaurants here: Tikka Grill, Chili's, IHop and Red Lobster. We can form smaller groups to fit into any of them. At lunch time, restaurants are generally busy. It maybe difficult for one restaurant to accommodate the entire group.

This is the second in a series of 3 hikes that take us from Rocky Peak to Eagle Rock.

This is a social hike for fun-loving people.

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. Cumash culture was here for 10,000 years.

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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  • Larry T

    This was so much fun. Thanks for leading yet another outstanding hike Mike.

    October 25, 2012

  • Oki

    Mike, thank you for organizing this hike. Many many thanks to the people who helped me climbed up the rocks.

    August 26, 2012

  • Paul G

    Thanks for Mike leading this hike. It was a great group and I really enjoyed it.

    August 26, 2012

  • Melissa

    Mike is a super organizer leader. He knew the hike and made everyone feel welcome - it was a great day!

    August 25, 2012

  • LaNisha

    Cave was awesome. Thank you, Mike, Mike, Scott, Russ, Andrew and anyone I'm forgetting for helping us in over the bigger rocks. And BIG, BIG THANKS for helping chicken little, me, with high points of the hike. As always it is greatly appreciated. I will overcome my fear. Thank you leader Mike for another great hike. Looking forward to the next one.

    August 25, 2012

  • Elizabeth T

    Thanks, Mike for leading a great hike! Also a special thanks to Mike, Scott, Mark, Andrew, Russ, and Paul for your assistance. Could not have done it without such a great group and team lead! Had a blast!

    August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Mike for another great hike! It was fun meeting everyone today.

    August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing views! Thank you Mike!

    August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike! It was a pleasure meeting all of you. Thank you Mike!

    August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was my pleasure to hike with this wonderful group of people. The weather was cool with a nice breeze. The Cave was challenging but fun. The Peak and the Ridge trail offers a view like no other. I want to thank Mike for leading and Russ for sweeping. Mike, you are the best lead there is. Russ, you are the most reliable. I also want to thank Scott, Andrew, Mark and many others who lent a hand to help fellow hikers. You guys were the best. I look forward to hiking with all of you soon.

    August 25, 2012

  • Diane L

    Hi Mike! Thanks again for a great hike today! It was alot of fun! :)

    August 25, 2012

  • ! That JOHN G.

    GREAT hike... Thanx Mike!

    August 25, 2012

  • Andrew C.

    Great hike! I was a +1 from Karen. Im glad I came out. Met a lot of great people!

    August 25, 2012

  • sondra

    Thanks Mike for a wonderful hike and thanks Isaac and all the other peeps who helped out getting us over the tight spots.

    August 25, 2012

  • Mojdeh

    This was a great hike Mike! I will upgrade the level of difficulty though. :)

    August 25, 2012

  • Chris M.

    Thanks for the hike Mike! Had a good time and the caves are very cool

    August 25, 2012

  • THOMAS A.

    What a great hike Mike. Rita and I are still talking about it. My camera died so all I had was my I phone to take photos.

    August 25, 2012

  • Diane L

    Hi Mike! :) No hiking tennis shoes?

    August 22, 2012

    • Larry T

      Nike has made hiking shoes, but don't think they currently have any in their product line.

      August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Might have to meet you guys up there, got some slight errand to do at 9

    August 24, 2012

  • Isaac

    Hi All, carpool from OC Tustin, Irvine area?

    August 24, 2012

  • Carina

    Would like to carpool from Ventura County.

    August 22, 2012

  • Paul G

    If someone is coming from or the Alhambra/San Gabriel/Pasadena area that I could carpool with, let me know.

    August 22, 2012

  • GERN B.

    i was bitten by a MUNITZ once and got west Nile virus but im feeling better now because of the prozak and the accidental lobotomy

    August 21, 2012

  • THOMAS A.

    Hi Mike, I would love to help you on this hike. I am a very experienced hiker and have been a sweeper before. Let me know if you would like my help.

    August 21, 2012

  • LaNisha

    Carpool anyone? Think I'm coming the farthest - Riverside via 57/210/134/101. Most likely doing lunch after.

    August 21, 2012

  • Irina

    sorry if I miss something, where we supposed to meet?
    6800 Sunset Ridge Ct., West Hills, CA or 24477 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307 ???

    August 19, 2012

  • sondra

    ANyone want to carpool from SFV area or points east? I am in Sherman Oaks, so can take people from Burbank, Pasadena, NoHo, Encino, whatever along the way.

    August 19, 2012

  • sondra

    yes I am coming, Mike. Anyone want to carpool from SFV let me know (sherman oaks, valley village, valley glen)

    August 8, 2012

  • GERN B.

    thanks for the helpful hint Mike, Ill definitely wear pants; you have no idea how much trouble Ive gotten onto when I WASNT wearing pants

    1 · July 31, 2012

  • Danelle

    I think I have done this one before. Where pants! because of rocks and poison oak.

    July 23, 2012

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