Past Meetup

Western Backbone Trail via Mishe Mokwa Trailhead- A Gentler Hike

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Mishe Mokwa Trailhead

34°06'51.9"N 118°55'05.8"W · Westlake, CA

How to find us

Exit 101 at Westlake Boulevard, and drive south to the 2nd Mulholland intersection. Take Mulholland right to Little Sycamore, turn right again. Road changes to Yerba Buena. Continue to the Mishe Mokwa trailhead parking area. Park on south side.

Location image of event venue


Cross-posted with Hike to Health ( - please register only once.

We'll do a "lollipop" on the Backbone Trail, on the south side of Yerba Buena (with spectacular views of the ocean, and a bit more shade), across the road from the Mishe Mokwa loop.

See directions and map, above, for the parking area. The Mishe Mokwa trailhead is 30 minutes from the 101 / Westlake Boulevard interchange, even if you drive like a maniac. We'll set out at 9 a.m. sharp, so plan on arriving earlier than that :-)

Depending on the number of people hiking, we may want to marshal cars at a lot on Little Sycamore just off of Mulholland ( I will leave this up to you to arrange with your friends.

The route is 6 miles, on the nose, with an elevation change of 1,450 feet, with the highest point in the middle of the hike. No part of the hike involves steep climbs, though there is a brief, somewhat steep, unavoidable descent.

In addition to the stunning views of the ocean and Channel Islands, we'll get some great views of the wilderness between Sandstone Peak and Serrano Canyon, Circle X, Boney Peak, etc. We'll also see the abandoned Triunfo Lookout (below), the AT&T microwave installation, and some spectacular architecture.

Triunfo Lookout (abandoned tower structure)

Weather is forecast to be a high of 65, and sunny. Should be very nice! Nevertheless, bring plenty of water and a snack to eat at the Triunfo Lookout. There is a bit of poison oak on the Yellow Hill Trail spur, but we'll point it out so you can avoid it.

Lunch afterwards could once again be Canyon Grill (on Kanan near the trout ponds), or the usual places at 101 & Westlake Boulevard in Westlake Village.

Please Note: We may have too many hikers to be accommodated in the Mishe Mokwa trailhead parking area, as this is a popular spot for hiking on weekends (though we'll be doing the little-travelled southern route).

As one alternative, please consider car-pooling from your neighborhood with friends.

As another alternative, there is a large pull-off on Little Sycamore Canyon Road ( on the way to the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead; if you would stop there on your way, and park, or pick up any folks from the group who could share a ride with you, that would be fabulous.

The pull-off ( is 2/10 of a mile from the Mulholland-to-Little Sycamore Canyon Road turn, and is on the left-hand, or southern, side of the road. If you're watching your odometer, that's also 6/10 of a mile from the 23/Decker-to-Mulholland turn (from 23/Decker to the Little Sycamore Canyon Road turn-off is 4/10 of a mile).

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Again, please be prompt in arriving at the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead by 8:45. With a stop at the marshaling spot, you will need to have left the 101 / Westlake Village Boulevard interchange by 8:00 to get there on time.


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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