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Topanga Ridge up, Stunt High Trail down

The Blazers are takin' it on the road- Stunt Road. We're climbing the fire road off Stunt Road in Calabasas, working along a narrow ridge, up to the famed graffiti slab, then hip-hopping our way down switchbacks and parts of the Backbone Trail into an oak grove. If it's a clear day, we'll get ocean views before we descend into the valley.

The loop takes us 7.5 miles, with 1800' of elevation gain. We'll spend a good portion of the hike in the sun, so prepare accordingly.

Part of the trail is high, narrow, and rocky- those with a fear of heights might want to think twice. Those heights do afford incredible views of the valley below and the sandstone giants of Calabasas. There is some light rock scrambling on the way up.

This is a local hiking staple, so if you haven't done it yet, get yourself out with us!

Directions:

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 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 on the right side of the road.

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The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

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  • Laura M.

    Thanks for the explanation! Is there a map for this hike or is it self-explanatory when you get there?

    July 30, 2013

    • Larry

      It's not self-explanatory, but Googling some of the key words should get you to some useful maps of the area. Again, this is not something I'd recommend for anyone with knee issues or fear of heights.

      July 30, 2013

    • Laura M.

      Thanks! Something to think about after surgery!

      July 31, 2013

  • Laura M.

    My husband and I hike the Stunt Road fire road all the time. We go to the lookout rock and then turn around. Where do u get 7 miles out of this hike? Do you take it all the way to the bottom of Mulholland then turn around? We don't hike with you guys cause his knee needs to be replaced and he probably couldn't keep up. Would appreciate some detailed directions.

    July 29, 2013

    • Larry

      This is a loop that begins up the fire road, goes across the ridge to the right, climbs up the rocks, and works back down on a trail that ends below where the parking area is. This isn't something someone with a bad knee should attempt, as it involves a bit of climbing.

      July 29, 2013

  • olivia c.

    What a great hike! I ENJOYED THE ROCKS THE MOST!! sorry I had to leave in a hurry, but that thing call work was calling me? I was late, but it was so worth it!! thanks Larry!!!

    April 30, 2013

  • Kathy

    What a great hike, lots of laughs, and I LOVED the rocks! Sorry I always have to miss lunch, but soon my 16 y/o will be driving herself home from school and I can join you all. Peter, thanks for putting up with carpooling with me! I'll try to go easier on you Larry. Thanks Peter and Walt for doing what you can to fill in for Titular in his upcoming flight out of CA!

    April 30, 2013

    • olivia c.

      Thank you Cathy for your first aid stuff! I did enjoy our conversation!

      April 30, 2013

  • Larry

    What we learned today: climbing rocks is a good workout, Larry is indeed the Titular Head some days, never dispute a lunch spot with Linda. Well done by everyone!

    April 30, 2013

  • Linda L.

    Good hike. Was not expecting the cool weather for the most part. Nice that Robin could join us at Maria's, which we all now know is indeed open for lunch.

    April 30, 2013

  • Mari

    Thanks for putting up with us slow pokes today! It was slow going up the rocks for me - but I feel really proud of myself for doing it. When I got home, I checked my Runkeeper site and it tracked 7.39 miles and 1977 climb.

    April 30, 2013

  • Peter D.

    Great hike. Thanks Larry

    April 30, 2013

  • Paul S.

    Thanks I needed that! Great loop, nice break from the Malibu hikes. I know I will feel this one tomorrow. I finally got out on the trails to blow some dust off me. Thanks for the great company, and Larry's stellar leadership. A great group of people.

    April 30, 2013

  • Mari

    I've never done a hike with "rock scrambling" and noticed the comment about gloves (which I don't have) - is this going to be too hard?

    April 29, 2013

    • Larry

      Gloves aren't necessary, but some people like to have them. I don't use them, but then, I think scars are sexy.

      April 29, 2013

  • Robert

    Great route.sorry miss it.

    April 29, 2013

  • Kathy

    Can't wait! Got in 10.25 miles with Peter and Walter Friday...a little sore Sat. at work, but ready to 'rock' and roll now!

    April 28, 2013

  • Linda L.

    People may want to bring gloves for protection against the rock-scaling portion.

    April 28, 2013

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