For those of you not attending Dave Lake's "Book Club" hike at the VERY beautiful Mesa Peak location in Malibu, please join me for the decidedly non-literary hike on Boney Mountain in Newbury Park. This will be a first-time PMH event for us.
While we are not going all the way to the summit, we will still have GRAND views not far from the top.
We'll first hike past the Satwiwa Native American Cultural Center, then descend down the paved Sycamore Canyon fire road before branching off to start climbing up the Fossil Trail where you can see...um...fossils because this entire area was once under the ocean. The photo below is of a well-preserved fish fossil I encountered on this very trail.
We'll then take a branch to the left where we get onto the Old Boney Trail that wraps around the mountain way up high with breathtaking views of the Conejo Valley in the distance.
On the far side, we'll take a short detour to go see the Danielson Monument (Peace, Love, and Joy, dude -- this might be a nice place to stop for a sip of the red and a cracker with cheese, which has been known to happen on our hikes)
and the ruins of an old cabin, before returning to the main trail and going back down the mountain. We'll get onto another trail at the bottom that will take us to our infamous 'wine rack' bench from a recent hike in the same area,
and from there it will be another mile back to our cars. For anyone with a desire to replenish their lost calories, we can retire to a nearby establishment for libations and foodstuffs.
You will need a flashlight or headlamp for roughly the final 30 minutes or more.
Distance: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1950'
Difficulty: Strong Intermediate
Dogs: Please leave Fluffy home for this one
Restrooms: Yes, about a mile into the hike. Also port-a-potty a bit later
Water Fountain: I think there's one near the bathrooms
Parking: Free at the end of Wendy along Potrero
Trail: Single track and fire road, excellent condition
Sunset: 8:07 pm.
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall, a bit of poison oak in spots
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