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FOSSIL RIDGE HIKE - DINNER at ABUELITAS - DESSERT at INN of the 7th RAY

(parking is sometimes an issue... so CARPOOL if possible... you can also find parking in downtown Topanga .4 miles from the trailhead... AND WITHIN SPITTIN' DISTANCE of Abuelitas where we're goin' for dinner)

FOSSIL RIDGE follows a small creek and is mostly under a dense growth of TREES!!! ( see pics below) it's approx 8 miles round-trip; up and back (not a loop)

so if you only wanna go a couple miles and turn back, you just retrace your steps and go AT YOUR OWN PACE!!!


( there's a GREAT meditation-rock at the beginning that would be PERFECT to just chill-out for a while if you don't wanna do the entire distance )

ELEVATION GAIN 1,500 FEET; at a RELAXED pace and a break at the top for a snack it should take around 4 - 4 1/2 hours. OH... and there's FOSSILS towards the top.

WE'LL be leaving at 11:15 AM sharp...


CLICK HERE FOR MAP OF THE HIKE:

CLICK HERE FOR THE MAP TO THE PARKING LOT:

CLICK HERE FOR THE PHOTOS:

CLICK HERE FOR THE .kmz FILE:

( download it to desktop... click on it... and it will open up in Google Earth)


Inn of the 7th Ray is a romantic, new age kind of restaurant with a great little book-store attached that is perfect for dessert and coffee after a terrific day of hiking

CLICK HERE: INN OF THE 7TH RAY

TO GET THERE: HEAD up PCH from Santa Monica to Topanga Canyon (about 4 1/2 miles from the California Incline or 5 1/2 miles from the PIER) Turn RIGHT onto Topanga Canyon and go approx 4 1/2 miles and make a LEFT on OLD TOPANGA CANYON road. Approx .4 miles (four tenths) from the turn is the parking area on the left. There's LOTS of additional parking along the road if that lot is full.

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  • Larry T

    Super fun day! Thanks John.

    January 13, 2013

  • Joan H.

    Another great hike Thanks John!

    November 12, 2012

  • Armond

    As always a fun time and a great work out. Thank you John for organising fantastic get togethers.

    November 12, 2012

  • Dhana

    Very good temperature for hiking, nice shaded hike, great work out, the view on the top was awesome. Happy to hike with friends and the dinner was very nice with great music. Thanks John.

    November 12, 2012

  • Irina

    Great hike, awesome people. Had a lot of fun. Thanks John!

    November 12, 2012

  • Brenda

    Great hike with fun people! Thanks John!

    November 11, 2012

  • Deb

    Didn't go to dinner, but the hike was great and it's always fun to see my hiking buddies! Appreciate all the thought and time put into organizing this event, John!

    November 11, 2012

  • ! That JOHN G.

    Hypothetically speaking... if people were to get there late because they couldn't find parking right away... you can probably catch up. We're going up the trail; and about a mile and half at the top of a hill we're making a LEFT at the "T" on the trail... then at the VERY TOP... we make another LEFT at the "T" and walk another 1/4 mile to a scenic overlook... On the way back we're retracing our steps.

    November 11, 2012

  • Xiao M.

    Hi, everybody. I am on the waiting list, so can I still go with you guys or not?

    November 11, 2012

    • ! That JOHN G.

      nobody stoppin' ya.... PARKING is the only issue... as you'll see a lot of people will be gettin' there late because they had to park 1/2 mile away and walk... I wish there was more parking but there ain't... "Early Bird gets the worm... but second mouse gets the cheese"

      1 · November 11, 2012

  • Murielle

    FYI dog bringers: if a ranger catches you the fine is around $500...

    November 10, 2012

  • alex

    Going to bring Bella on the hike as well... she is a sweet pup who loves hiking and running and anyone who is willing to rub her ears

    November 9, 2012

    • ! That JOHN G.

      just wanna share... there are "no dogs allowed" signs posted... just so ya know

      November 10, 2012

    • alex

      Oh thats sucks....Thanks for letting me know in advance...

      November 10, 2012

  • ! That JOHN G.

    I put a RSVP limit on the hike ONLY because of the parking situation... there's parking within a half mile of the trailhead but you gotta be willing to get there early and walk the extra 1/2 mile if it's crowded...

    November 10, 2012

  • greg g.

    had a blast last sunday nov 3. so happy you are doing another hike. loved the m cafe. how is this cafe we are going too

    November 6, 2012

  • Larry T

    If there's an event going on in Malibu that day, shouldn't we avoid PCH? Your directions say "HEAD up PCH from Santa Monica to Topanga Canyon ..."
    Thats the way I know how to get to Topanga, but I think there's another way.

    1 · November 6, 2012

    • ! That JOHN G.

      I'm good with it...

      November 6, 2012

    • Lisie

      Larry: S405 to N110 to 101 (Pasadena). Exit at Topanga Blvd, keep on Old Topanga Cyn Road. Pretty easy drive and traffic should be light. And youre welcome. ;)

      November 6, 2012

  • Yoon m.

    How many hours do you estimate to take? It is 6 miles, but over 3,000 feets. So I think it could be intermediate or higher level by the speed of walk. Please advise. Thank you :-)

    November 6, 2012

    • ! That JOHN G.

      changed the hike... i'd say it's an intermediate hike...

      November 6, 2012

    • Yoon m.

      oh! I see it's been changed. THank you for the notice.

      November 6, 2012

  • Murielle

    So bummed - I've always wanted to do that hike but ill be in mammoth for season opening :((( maybe you can post a map of the hike so I can do it later? Y'all have fun yhear? :)

    1 · November 6, 2012

  • ! That JOHN G.

    DOH!!! Didn't realize it was the same day as the MALIBU MARATHON so I had to change from Sandstone Peak to FOSSIL RIDGE...

    November 6, 2012

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