Get it up at the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains! We'll be looping around the Backbone and Mishe Mokwa Trails for 6.25 miles, moving up approximately 1500' as we go, and breaking out onto a spur trail up to Inspiration Point, 3111' above sea level.
Early on, we'll pass Echo Cliffs, where rock climbers ascend shear cliffs, a house sized boulder delicately balanced on a small rock beneath, a giant split rock, stunning giant sandstone formations, and breathtaking views from the top of Sandstone Peak.
*DO NOT leave anything of value in your cars- this area is known for broken window break-ins.
Directions to the Sandstone Peak Trailhead:
From Westlake Village, exit on Westlake Blvd (CA-23 South) from the 101 Freeway, and follow it south for several miles (approximately 7 miles) to stop sign for Mulholland West (Note: Westlake Blvd. will merge with Mulholland West before you reach the stop sign). At the stop sign, turn right onto Mulholland (West) for about 0.4 miles. Turn right onto Little Sycamore Canyon, which becomes Yerba Buena Road after 1.4 miles, for 4 1/2 miles to Sandstone Peak trailhead. The Sandstone Peak lot is on the right side of the road. Look for large Sandstone Peak sign. The parking lot is above Yerba Buena Road and there is a bathroom at the end of the parking lot. If you pass the Circle X Ranch, you went too far.
Alternately, from Pacific Coast Highway take Yerba Buena Road (near Neptune's Net) approximately 7 miles (passing the Circle X Ranch. Note: Sandstone Peak trailhead is approximately 1 mile from the Circle X Ranch). OR HWY 23 (Decker Cyn - 4 miles west of Point Dume), turn onto Mulholland and follow directions as shown above.
Note: This is a very slow driving route (narrow, with sharp turns) and will take 30-40 minutes from the 101 to the parking lot. Give yourself plenty of time. Cell reception is marginal (at best) up there, so we won't be waiting on any "I'm late" calls.
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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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