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Split Rock, Balanced Rock, Tri-peaks & Sandstone Peak

  • Mishe Mokwa Trail

    12554 Yerba Buena Road, Malibu, CA (map)

    34.111496 -118.926770




    Organizers: Mike Cheng 

    Location: Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu, CA

    Hike difficulty:  Level 7/10

    A beginner hike: No

    Distance: 8.5 miles 

    Elevation Gain: 2250'

    Time: 5 hours

    Trail condition: mostly single file trail, 1/4 shade 

    Water: Minimum 3 liters 

    Guest: no

    Dog: no

    Toilette: at trailhead

    Liability Wavier: Required. This is the link.


    What to bring: hat, sunscreen, energy bar, lunch, snacks, water, and the usual stuff. 

    Direction:  Pacific Coast Highway to Yerba Buena Road. Turn inland; go 6.4 miles to Sandstone Peak parking lot, 1 mile east of Circle X Ranch. Parking lot is located north of Yerba Buena Road. 

    Parking: Sandstone Peak parking lot (capacity: 30 cars) 

    Carpool: Please sign up here.


    Please Contribute

    Our events are free to participate, but not free to organize.  If you have enjoyed them and want to see more, please contribute to our cause so that we can organize more fun and adventurous outings. 

    Suggested Event Contribution: $ 7 (Chip in link) 


    Trail description:

    This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains. Highlights include the spectacular Echo Cliffs where rock climbers ascend shear cliffs, a house sized boulder delicately balanced on a small rock beneath, a giant split rock where kids can dash between the sheer walls, stunning giant sandstone formations, and breathtaking views from the top of Sandstone Peak and Inspiration point. Sandstone Peak with elevation of 3111' is the highest peak in Santa Monica Mountains.

    The beauty of the trail is beyond my ability to describe so I will let the pictures below do the work for me. 


    Our Policy:

    Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.

    Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

    Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.

    Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

    No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.

    No minor: Meetup user agreement can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events.  



    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.

    Release of Liability:

    The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

    By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

    In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:

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