Hike Topanga Ridge to the Topanga lookout and then loop around on the Stunt High trail back to the cars.
We will climb up the Topanga Ridge Trail to the top of Stunt Road via a steep ridgeline trail with steep drops on either side.
If you have a fear of falling, climbing, or heights, this is probably not the hike for you.
There are great views of the San Fernando Valley and the surrounding area. Once at the top on Stunt Road you can also see the ocean. We'll loop back around on the Stunt High trail traversing near the creek and through some shaded areas. It's an interesting and beautiful hike(my humble opinion).
It's a little short for my taste, but redeems itself for its diversity and sheer interest.
Miles: Approximately 7.5
Elevation gain: 1800 Ft.
Difficulty: Moderately strenuous because of the required rock scrambling. You must be able to climb steep, rocky and/or loose slopes. For a full description read the excerpt in the book, "Afoot and Afield," by Jerry Schad. http://books.google.com/books?id=xI7pC9RIGCMC&pg=PA128&lpg=PA128&dq=topanga+ridge#PPA129,M1
Directions from 101 Exit Topanga Canyon Blvd (south) and go 1.6 miles. Turn right on Mullholland Drive and go 0.6 miles. Turn left on Mullholland Hwy and go 5.3 miles. Turn left on Stunt Road and go one mile to turn-out.
Park on the right hand side of Stunt Road. The parking lot is immediately past the 1.00 Mile Marker.
The parking lot is on the right-hand side of the road(if you follow the directions above.) The trailhead is back 100 ft. on the opposite side of the road - you'll see it when you get out of your car.
If the lot is full, there are other spots along Stunt Road close to the lot where you can park.
Carpooling is recommended as parking may be limited.
Bring at least 2 liters of water, snacks, cameras.
No dogs allowed on this hike because of the rock scrambling.
Please sign up for this hike only if you are confident in your own hiking ability and know you can do a hike of this nature.
I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends.
Responsibility: I am not responsible for you. You are responsible for you. You should be self-sufficient and be able to find your way to safety in the event you find yourself on your own. I will not lead you back to the trailhead if you decide to turn back.
Disclaimer: The organizer and assistant organizers take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during this hiking event. Hiking can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen. By participating in this hike posted on this meetup web page you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.
A suggestion: If you've never been to the trailhead before allow yourself more than enough time to arrive earlier than posted departure time. This allows for extra time to find the actual meeting place. We'll leave the trailhead by 9:10 am.