This hike is one of my favorite local trails. It will take you up into the Cave of Munits (no ropes needed) and out to the top of Castle Peak. There will be helpers to assist on the rock climbing areas, myself included, and I would consider this class 3 rock scrambling, so know your limits.
Length: 3 miles
Elevation: 700 ft
Difficulty: 4/10 with Rock Scrambling
Bathroom at Trailhead: No
Schedule Sunset: 5:00 PM
What to Bring: Water, Snacks, and Sweater/Jacket if you get cold easy. You may also want to consider long pants if you are worried about scrapes and bruises.
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.
This hike was done recently by another group and you can see their pictures here: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/events/78446102/
Directions: The trail head is at 24477 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307. It is accessible from 101 and 118 freeway via Topanga Canyon Blvd and heading West on Vanowen St.
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