Don't the mileage fool you. This is a moderate hike with rock scrambling and a very steep incline on loose dirt.
Length: 4.5 miles
Elevation: 700 ft
Difficulty: Moderate with Rock Scrambling
Bathroom at Trailhead: No
Scheduled Sunset: 7:08 pm
What to Bring: Water, Snacks, Sweater/Jacket, and Flashlight. You may also want to consider gloves (recommended for the rocks) long pants if you are worried about scrapes and bruises.
This hike, will take you up into the Cave of Munits. If there is sufficient light we may do some rock scrambling. If we do, there will be helpers to assist on the rock climbing areas, and this is considered class 3 rock scrambling, so know your limits.
Once we reach the top of the cave, we will continue up a slippery hillside trail to a notch in the ridge. At this point, some may take a well traveled trail to the peak, while others, who want more of a challenge, will follow a less used ridge line trail to the peak where we will all meet.
The 'Cave of Munits' is a large cave on the side of Escorpión Peak within the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. Please try to respect the historic and natural qualities when exploring Munits' Cave.
The cave is important because stories about its significance are still known by Chumash people today. According to oral history, this cave was the home of a very powerful shaman who eventually met his end after murdering the son of a politically important chief. Cumash culture was here for 10,000 years.
From Valley Circle Drive in West Hills, turn west on Highlander Rd. and park just past Elmsbury Ln. See map above.
Rain will postpone this hike.
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