Past Meetup

Shade, Ocean Air, Views, Fossils and Friends - Hondo Canyon, Topanga area

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August 22, 2015 - Hondo Canyon (Topanga Canyon / Malibu area)

Distance: 10.0 miles total (this is an Out and Back)

Gain: 1900 ft (mainly in first hour)

Hiking Time: ~ 5 - 6 hours Approx.

Rating: Moderate +


Another spectacular section of the Backbone Trail, this hike includes a lot of single track through shady hedgerows with snatches of ocean views and some cool air. We will hike through varied terrain - shaded live oaks; a sloping meadow; switch-backs up the steep south slope of Hondo Canyon through a lovely oak forest; and deep chaparral.

Cooler air coming over the ridge from the ocean....

...... shady trail cover in many spots.....

At our turnaround spot (see below), we will snack and enjoy views of the inland areas - toward Malibu Creek Canyon Park to the NW and the Calabasas area to the NE.

.....and we pass an area with many fossils on the way.

Meet your Leader:

Due to VERY LIMITED parking at the trailhead, we strongly encourage you to carpool.

Carpooling from Santa Clarita Valley:

Meet your leader at Towsley Canyon (24255 The Old Road, Newhall, CA) outside the gate in the Parking lot at 6:45AM. We will leave at 7:00AM SHARP. Alternatively, you can meet the leader at the Hondo Canyon trailhead (directions below) at 8:00 AM for a 8:15 AM SHARP departure up the trail.

Directions to Towsley Carpool carpooling spot: From Valencia, take the I-5 South to the Calgrove exit. Exit, turn right. Go through the signal and immediately turn right into the driveway for Towsley Canyon but immediately park OUTSIDE the gate (look for club members and leader near the gate).

Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas - Thanks.

Directions to Hondo Canyon trailhead:

Trailhead address: 381 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga Canyon, CA 90290

Trailhead coordinates:

Lat[masked], Lon [masked]

(34° 05′ 34.09″N 118° 36′ 36.43″W)

From Santa Clarita, take the I-5 South and merge right on to the 405 South. Then take 101 north and exit Topanga Canyon Road (US 27) South, cross Ventura Blvd and go about 7.5 miles. On a bend (at the Inn of the 7th Ray restaurant), turn right on to Old Topanga Road. Go approx 0.4 miles and park on the left side of the street at the trailhead. When parking, be very mindful of traffic, this is a busy/ winding road. Be at the trailhead by 8:00 AM for an 08:15 AM SHARP departure up the trail.

Views of pink colored sedimentary rock formations, known as the Sespe Formation. We rest for a snack up close to that tower on top!

BRING: Hiking poles, if you have them, lunch/snack, water (2 - 3L) plu electrolytes, a camera, hat and sunscreen.

Adventure Pass: Not required.

Dogs: Sorry, NOT ALLOWED by park regulations.

Leader: Steve I.

From last time on this trail!