Does this pique your interest? If so, then sign up to enjoy a 3.6 mile round-trip hike with a 1000' elevation gain on a smooth (but steep) fire road. This hike may be too strenuous for beginners, but if you are fit, you can make it. Please know your limits.
From Calabasas Peak there are panoramic views of the Pacific Palisades, the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountain ranges, and the valleys Conejo and San Fernando. On Sept 8th the sunset will be at 7:11 pm, so if you make it up in an hour or less, you will still have time to enjoy those sights before watching the sunset.
I have not yet been up there at night, but I'm guessing the evening view is also grand with the lights of the San Fernando Valley gradually filling our view as the light fades.
Given the time and distance, we will be descending in the dark, so make sure you remember to bring a flashlight, as well as water.
As we ascend there will be one large junction in the fire road with the right, downward branch going to Red Rock Canyon. We'll just keep going straight and up after waiting for everyone to rejoin as a group.
This final mile or so is quite steep, but for anyone who, like me, enjoys the mantra "speed up and slow down", I'll probably start hiking faster from here until the summit. Once there we can catch our breath, drink some water, snap some pictures and wait for the sunset before descending in the dark.
Let's make sure we descend as a group. Apparently a hiker got lost a week ago with another meetup group and had to be rescued after spending a night in the wilderness alone.
If others are interested, it would be fun to go somewhere as a group afterwards. After all, it will be Saturday night in SoCal!!!!! I'm suggesting Froggy's on Topanga (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Froggys-Topanga-Fish-Market/100885406622801), which is on the other side of the mountain from the hike and is a lot of fun.
Known Dangers include rattlesnakes (always), mountain lions (yes, but we will be in a group) and, since this fire road is steep, the possibility of a slip-and-fall, which I know from personal experience on a different hike. By signing up for this hike, you are accepting these and any other dangers and agree not to hold me or anyone else responsible for injuries or mishaps you may have. Having said that, it sure is nice to be with a group if something does happen. I hiked it alone last Sunday.
Directions: From the 101, take the Las Virgenes exit in Calabasas and go south until you come to Mulholland. Turn east (=left) on Mulholland and go exactly 4 miles until you get to Stunt Road on your right. Turning right onto Stunt, go exactly 1 mile and park on the RIGHT (west) side of the road. The trailhead with a large gate is on the opposite side, just behind you.
There should be ample parking of the free variety, but it is always best to carpool to reduce your carbon emissions as compensation for the increase of your carbon emissions during the hike itself.
Here are a few pictures that I took on this hike the other day, and click on this link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au34kauIYHA&list=UUVkuQaJapfugOWc3MQSdtEw&index=2&feature=plcp) to see a video I took of this hike, albeit from a completely different route to the top.
Park when you see THIS sign!
This is the trailhead.
Does anyone know if this is a mountain lion print? (I'm talking about the one on the left.)
I have been told that felines walk with their claws retracted, and I see no claw marks here. I saw LOTS of such prints.