We will start at the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead and will hike on the Yerba Ridge portion of the Backbone Trail to the eastern end where it connects with the newly-finished access to the Etz Malloy Motorway section of the Backbone Trail. We will take a short break at the eastern end of the Backbone Trail and then return on the same trail to the parking area. 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 and Boney Peak.
The total distance for this out and back hike will be 9.0 miles with approximately 1050 feet of elevation gain.
The trail is shown in magenta on the map below. The parking area is marked as "B12 - Backbone Trail".
Be sure to bring plenty of water because the trail is exposed. Hopefully, we will have a nice ocean breeze.
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 miles to the Mishe Mokwa parking lot. The Mishe Mokwa parking lot is on the left side of the road. Note: If you pass the Sandstone parking area or 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 and Sandstone Peak parking lot. The Mishe Mokwa trailhead is approximately 1.5 miles past the Circle X Ranch. The parking lot will be on the right.
Note: If you click on the "Mishe Mokwa Trailhead", the pin location on the map is a little east (0.5 miles) of the trailhead. The lat/long for the trailhead is 34°06'51.5"N 118°55'05.4"W or[masked], [masked].
This is a very slow driving route (narrow, with sharp turns) and will take 30 to 45 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.
Do NOT leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead.
DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY
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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All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.