Saturday, February 6 -Liberty Cyn to Phantom Trail to Malibu Creek State Park and the Pools.
!!! RAIN AT THE TRAILHEAD CANCELS ALL HIKES !!!
Distance: 9 mile (loop)
Gain: ~ 900 ft (mainly in one section near start and again near the end)
Rating: Moderate + (not for beginners, due to the overall distance and the gain sections). You need to be in good general condition to enjoy this hike.
Looking down at Century Lake (seen in the center)
Description: Back by popular demand!! This hike is a 9 mile loop with approx 900 ft gain in the Santa Monica Mountains through Liberty Canyon, the woodlands/ grasslands; then connecting to the Phantom Trail we climb to the ridge for some views of the Park and East Asian type skyline. Then it's back down to cross Mulholland Drive into Malibu Creek State Park. We will hike the old 20th Century Fox property to the south end of Century Lake/ Dam.
We will then take the Forest Trail back along the north end of the lake and visit the rock pools for a snack (hope to see some better water due to recent rain). You can try your hand at the low climbing walls (see below) after lunch or check out the pros. Then we complete the loop back along the park's creek bed, up Radar's *MASH* chopper meadow and back to the trailhead. So......LOTS of terrain variety here throughout the day !!
We have seen deer, coyotes, water birds and wild parrots on previous visits. The hike will include mainly single track trails and some fireroads/ riverwalks. Due to distance, we will keeping a decent pace, especially on the flat.
Carpooling from Santa Clarita Valley :
Meet the leader at Towsley Canyon, outside the gate at 7:30AM for a 7:45 AM SHARP departure to the trailhead.
Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas.
Alternatively, meet near the Malibu S.P. Trailhead:
Take the 405 Fwy South to 101 Fwy North and exit at Las Virgenes. Turn left on Las Virgenes. After a bit, turn right at the light for Mulholland Hwy (if you pass the sign for the entrance to the State Park, you have gone too far). On Mulholland Hwy, there is parking on the dirt shoulders on both sides of the road, please watch for traffic!
( 26990 Mulholland Hwy in Google maps will get you to exactly where we are meeting ).
Meet your leader:
We will meet and go through an opening in the fence on the RIGHT (North) side of Mulholland Hwy that leads to the North Grasslands trail to begin the hike. Look for your leader wearing an orange bandana (as there may be other hiking groups there). We will leave the trailhead at 8:45AM sharp!!
Bring: Plenty of water (3 liters recommended), electrolytes (e.g. Gatorade). Sunscreen, hat, lunch/ snacks, hiking poles (helpful on the uphill portion), and a camera. Wear layered clothing in case it gets hot or cold. Wear boots with lots of tread.
Adventure Pass: Not required.
Dogs: Sorry - No, they are not allowed in Malibu Cyn SP.