Lift your lighters in the air for a brand new Trailblazer hike! Former Bennie and the Jets frontman Walter will lead us to the top of the charts on Calabasas Peak Motorway before his inevitable descent into prescription drug addiction, loose women, and Red Rock Canyon Park (as seen on VH1's Behind the Muzak).
Red Rock Canyon is home to chalk white, purple, brown, and brick red sandstone formations. Time, water, and wind have carved arches and shallow caves out of the rock for our visual entertainment. Like Walter's ill-fated solo career, flattened remnants of once proud homes testify to former glory amid the chaparral and sage. Picking through the rubble, we'll pass by the fashionable homes of the still rich and still famous, then turn around and relive the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Walter's rock and roll career in reverse. On the way back, we'll celebrate Walter's brief flirtation with yodeling by taking a short spur trail to Red Rock Overlook.
7 miles, 1200' of elevation gain tell this tale of fame, fall, and facetiousness. Groupies should wear their shades, because, like the reason for Walter's infamous 1973 arrest and the resulting riots, this hike is exposed.
From Thousand Oaks: Take the 101 Freeway, exit on Las Virgenes Road and head south for 3 miles. Turn left on Mulholland Highway. Travel about 4 miles and turn right on Stunt Road. Continue up Stunt Road for 1 mile to the Calabasas Peak Motorway (on the left). There is plenty of parking in the dirt pullout on the right side of the road.
From the Valley & West LA: Take the 101 Freeway, exit Valley Circle/Mulholland Drive and go south on Mulholland for ½ mile, turn right on to Valmar Road which becomes Old Topanga Canyon Rd. Take a right on Mulholland Hwy and continue for about 3 miles and turn left onto Stunt Road. Continue up Stunt Road for 1 mile to the Calabasas Peak Motorway (on the left). There is plenty of parking in the dirt pullout on the right side of the road.
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