Past Meetup

Hike Stunt High Trail to Saddle Peak

This Meetup is past

15 people went

Location image of event venue


Organizer: Jennifer
Hike assistant: n/a
Sweep: n/a

Note: Semi Exploratory Hike in that I have not hiked this trail. I do have very detailed instructions from and it seems straightforward enough. Additionally, I have done various parts of this. Just not sure if I have done this exact route.
Location:Stunt High Trail Head - Calabasas
Hike difficulty: Level 6 /10, Moderate but Fast Pace Hike. Not for Beginners.
Distance: 7.5 miles
Elevation gain: 1675'
Moving pace:[masked] mph
Time: 2.5 to 3 hours
Trail condition: Mostly single track. Out and back.
Water: Minimum 2 liters (If you bring less than this amount, you will be in big trouble.)
Guest: No
Dog: No
Toilette: Unknown
Fee: None
Adventure Pass: None
What to bring: Water, snacks, poles if you like
What to wear: Hiking and/or exercise wear. Layers in case it is cold at the start and warms later. See US Hiking guide.

To get to the trail head: From the 101 freeway, exit Las Virgenes Road and head south toward Malibu. After 2.8 miles turn left (east) on Mulholland Highway. After 4 miles, turn right on Stunt Road and drive one mile. There is plentiful parking along the right side of the road next to the trailhead.

From PCH, take Malibu Canyon Road until it becomes Las Virgenes Road. Turn right on to Mulholland Highway and take that to Stunt Road as described above.


Parking Lot


Trail / Venue Description:

All photos and hike description courtesy of

Stunt High Trail begins with a gentle walk along Cold Creek, and then ascends through meadows and chaparral up the northern slope of Saddle Peak to offer great views of the Santa Monica Mountains. From the trail head, descend through an oak grove along the banks of Cold Creek, a year round water source. After half a mile, turn left at the first junction, leaving Cold Creek Trail. Head uphill on Lower Stunt High Trail through green fields with open views. The trail narrows to a single track as it crosses the UCLA-owned eco-classroom Stunt Ranch, a pristine preserve that UCLA is kind enough to let non-students enjoy. Continue straight through the next junction to remain on Stunt High Trail, passing a path leading to the right into Stunt Ranch. Stunt High Trail progresses southward, crossing a paved service road, 1.15 miles from the start. A short distance farther, you will reach the top of Lower Stunt High Trail as it hits Stunt Road (for the first time). Upper Stunt High Trail climbs quickly over switchbacks through a forest of bays, giving way to more gradual trail up chaparral-covered slopes. The views across Cold Creek Canyon toward the 2,163-foot

Calabasas Peak (

will inspire you to hike that peak next if you haven’t already. At 2.17 miles from the start, you will comes to the top of Upper Stunt High Trail where it again reaches Stunt Road Just a few hundred feet to the right, on the other side of Stunt Road, is a connector trail to the Backbone Trail, which can be taken up to a much more satisfying destination, the summit of Saddle Peak.

We will break at the peak for pictures and snacks before returning to the trail head and our cars.


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If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you. If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

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