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NEWTON CANYON WATERFALLS / BACKBONE TRAIL - CALIMIGOS RANCH / M-CAFE FOR FOOD!!

  • Feb 17, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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6 MILE WATERFALLS** HIKE... followed by the INCREDIBLY INTERESTING Calimigos Ranch ( there's an incredibly friendly COW... a Merry Go Round... a large POND with Paddle-Boats and a TERRIFIC restaurant with great burgers and Mimosas )


**Waterfalls is sometimes " underwhelming "

Elevation change is nominal... approx 600 feet. We'll be going at a relaxed pace.

pics of HIKE and Calimigos Ranch and M-CAFE

NIFTY INTERACTIVE MAP TO THE HIKE:

From PCH... turn inland on Kaanan Dume road. The parking lot is approx 4.5 miles up-hill, just 1/4 mile past the tunnel on the left.

Kaanan Dume road is 18 miles from Santa Monica / and 6 miles past Pepperdine College

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  • Tammy

    Fun, easy hike with nice weather. What a great day to spend with friends and fellow hikers...and M cafe to boot! Thanks John!

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Naoko

    ¡Maravilloso! Muchas gracias a John y a los demás por un día inolvidable. ¡Muy chevere! :-)

    2 · February 18, 2013

    • Vlad

      Hi Naoko, did you see pic of you what Eric posted on facebook?
      https://www.facebook.c...­

      February 19, 2013

    • Naoko

      Hey Vlad ;) couldn't see it, but I hope it was pleasant! :-D

      February 19, 2013

  • Sueli S.

    It was a great hike. Very nice people.Thank you John

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Grant

    Great hike. Thanks to everyone involved in organizing this hike and this meetup group.

    2 · February 18, 2013

  • Armond

    A splendid hike and an afterward gathering at the M Cafe with a nice group of friends/hikers. John, thank you for organising another fun event. Hey, we were the last ones to leave the M Cafe, they kept on bringing firewood and did not want us to leave! Betsy the cow must have put in a good word for us.

    3 · February 18, 2013

  • Alma B.

    Superfine

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Vlad

    perfect timing! (so nice day yesterday for outdoor fun, so gloomy today - ready for indoor activities)

    2 · February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    the group was too big for the trail that was getting eroded. i am surprised we didn't get kicked out of mcafe since we didn't have a reservation.

    February 17, 2013

    • AgapeSoul S.

      I had an awesome time. The trail was great. The group was large,yes, but I didn't see us doing any damage to the trail...or any out if the ordinary erosions to the path due to nature or normal wear and tear from horses, other hikers or bikers. I LOVED M Cafe!!! The space was beautiful and the staff accommodated us just perfect!

      Obviously we weren't a group that was too large to be accommodated. Nor did they have to go out of their way to accommodate us. The yellow umbrella cabana was PERFECT! We ate we talked we joked we laughed. We had the sun, the mist and an awesome viewpoint of the grounds from where we were seated. THANK YOU SO MUCH John for putting this MeetUp together. I thoroughly enjoyed the hike, lunch, our field trip to visit the carousel and Betsy, as well as our cozy huddle and star gazing by the fire with the remaining group. Looking forward to the next meetup...big or small ;)

      5 · February 18, 2013

    • Irina

      As a matter of fact the reservation to M-Cafe been done for 30+ people... we came as a group of 47~~
      And M-Cafe get USED to accommodate our group no matter what. So, everything was in a perfect shape AS ALWAYS.

      4 · February 18, 2013

  • Alma B.

    Ditto. Ditto. What a GREAT hike. Thanks John. Perfect weather, perfect company, perfect exercise and challenge to my climbing skills!

    3 · February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For my endurance level, was perfect, hiked 45min in, 45 min out, some good elevations to push me, gorgeous views and area, and good peeps, nice meeting you all.

    2 · February 18, 2013

  • Dennis M.

    this looks like the best !

    2 · February 16, 2013

    • AgapeSoul S.

      It most certainly was! What happened to you after the hike? I thought you were going to join the group at M Cafe as well?

      February 18, 2013

  • valorie

    Thanks, John, for leading the hike on this exceptionally beautiful February day!

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Eric B

    Despite an unwhelming waterfall where the dead rattlesnake and liberal use of Tecnu to counter the effects of poison oak were the main causes of heightened pulse rate, we all had a fun time and managed to get into some customary mischief at M-Cafe after the hike!

    2 · February 17, 2013

  • Irina

    Great hike - very beautiful! M-Cafe is absolutely amazing place! It was so much fun petting cow, sitting around fireplace and watching stars with group of friends! Thanks John for a wonderful Sunday!

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Deb

    Thanks for putting the hike & dinner together, John. What a picture perfect day on the trails and the climb up to the waterfall was an extra special treat!

    2 · February 17, 2013

  • Maritza M.

    Awesome

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • farzan

    thanks john for puting this hike and dinner together. we all know you are doing this on your own time. i just wanted to let you know how much we all apreciate that. it was a great hike. the dinner was a blast.

    2 · February 17, 2013

  • Farah

    Great!!!

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Farah

    Great!!!

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Liz K.

    Another great hike with great people. M Cafe was beautiful and the camp fire topped it off. Thanks John :)

    2 · February 17, 2013

  • Maritza M.

    I'm in Culver city anybody would like to carpool?

    February 17, 2013

    • Luciano

      Maritza, are you still looking for people to carpool with?

      February 17, 2013

    • Maritza M.

      I'm so sorry I just saw messages next time

      February 17, 2013

  • Maritza M.

    Great

    February 17, 2013

  • Terry

    What a great hike, great people and M-Cafe a blast!

    1 · February 17, 2013

    • Terry

      Nice meeting you Irina

      February 17, 2013

  • AgapeSoul S.

    I think I'm lost... :-/

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Sarah

    I wont be able to make it now, but 2 friends are still going.

    February 17, 2013

  • Liza

    Still recovering from the flu...sooo bummed. Happy hiking!

    February 17, 2013

  • James

    Have my own event today. Weill go to the next one.

    February 17, 2013

  • farzan

    who wants to carpool? i am coming from magic mountains and coming down 405/101 and can pick you up on the way.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, just signed up late for this. I'm coming from Marina del Rey, and can take 3 other people in my car.

    February 17, 2013

    • AgapeSoul S.

      Hi Huang! I would love to hitch a ride if you're offering! I'm on Santa Monica & Bundy.

      February 17, 2013

  • Robert

    Parking will be the deal....

    February 16, 2013

  • Farah

    Hi,
    Would you please let me know if you want to carpool from Santa Monica. Thank you!

    February 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Anna, thanks for driving! I'd love to ride with you... could you message me with where I should meet you?

      February 16, 2013

    • Karen

      Anyone carpooling from Westside? I'm near Venice.

      February 16, 2013

  • greg g.

    JOHN 130 people?? good luck buddy

    February 16, 2013

    • ! That JOHN G.

      if we only lose 5 people on the trail... we'll still have a 96% success rate... something to strive for!!! yay!!!

      2 · February 16, 2013

  • Neha K

    Hello, I am new to the group! I live in Sherman Oaks. If I can carpool with someone that will help me solve two purpose - I wont get lost and will be able to meet the group, and it will help parking! Please let me know!

    February 16, 2013

  • Ken S.

    WOW!!! 130 people!! I am highly impressed. You make the Pied Piper look like a Pathetic Piker...

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Alma B.

    Hi I would love to hitch if you'll have me. I got my thumb out!
    Sent you an email with my # (-:

    February 16, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Working on changing plans to attend
    This is my long time territory, as a long time resident and hiking these hills for many years . Formerly from Manhattan Beach I have a longing to reconnect with beach and Westside people. Haven't hiked 6 miles in years! It's a layers clothes environment
    As it gets much colder and warmer than the beach.

    February 15, 2013

    • ! That JOHN G.

      Temps are supposed to be 70 and sunny at the peak of the day... Guestimate of[masked] degrees when we start

      2 · February 15, 2013

    • Eric B

      Of course one can expect the start temperature to be[masked] +/-[masked] degrees lower if you are hiking in John's shadow, with most of the variation dependent upon which floppy hat he chooses to wear.

      2 · February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Guys,

    Roughly what time will we finish the hike?

    February 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Yanti. So unfortunately I won't be able to make it this time as I have an appointment at 2pm....I hope it'll happen again soon as it looks like a lovely hike:-)

      February 15, 2013

  • Liz K.

    Sounds great!

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • ! That JOHN G.

    *****PARKING*****PARKING*****PARKING*****
    The small lot will be full... but there's parking ALONG the ROAD 1/4 mile before and after the trailhead. ALLOW yourself an extra 10-15 minutes to park and walk to the parking lot
    *****PARKING*****PARKING*****PARKING*****

    February 15, 2013

  • Irina

    love M-Cafe!!!

    2 · February 13, 2013

    • wendy

      Can't wait to blaze out of the city and re-tool my perspective in beautiful Malibu... Lets hope for another beautiful day!

      1 · February 15, 2013

  • Karen

    If I can squeeze in!!

    February 14, 2013

  • Dagny

    Trying to car pool from Santa Monica. Prefer NOT to drive I use medical mj for my MS) but will contribute toward gas. Farah, from Santa Monica, is looking to carpool, too. Any one else?

    February 14, 2013

  • Fred

    Bummed to miss a hike after getting into a rhythm but I'll be busy geeking it up at Doctor Who con all weekend.

    February 13, 2013

    • ! That JOHN G.

      you're missing out on M-Cafe... the best part of the hike!!! will post it with another hike soon...

      February 13, 2013

    • Dagny

      There's a Dr. Who con? Whao...my son was obsessed with Dr. Who. Wonder if he knows about it?

      February 14, 2013

  • wendy

    Is M CAFE stand for Malibu cafe at 327 latigo canyon road... ? Just want to know so I don't get lost. Thanks!

    February 14, 2013

  • judy

    id it four hrs round trip?

    1 · February 14, 2013

    • Irina

      Yes, round trip!!

      February 14, 2013

  • Alma B.

    Is anyone driving out from Palms, Culver City, Venice? I would love to hitch a ride.

    1 · February 13, 2013

    • Brenda W.

      I am driving from Palms.

      February 14, 2013

  • Larry T

    ANYHONE FOR CARPOOL FROM SOUTH BAY?

    February 14, 2013

  • jane

    Hi! I would like to carpool with someone that is coming from Sherman Oaks!.. Thanks.

    February 14, 2013

  • jane

    Looking forward to meeting new friends

    February 14, 2013

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