This hike takes you to Sandstone Peak (a.k.a. Mt. Allen) the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains. We will meet in the parking area across from the trailhead (use Google Maps and enter [masked],[masked] for exact location) and proceed counter-clockwise on the Mishe Mokwa Trail past Echo Cliffs where you may see rock climbers and then down through the canyon past Split Rock and then up a long incline connecting with the Backbone Trail, stopping at Inspiration Point (every place seems to have one) continuing up to Sandstone Peak for the (hopefully) scenic views. The return to the parking area is a decent on a series of switchbacks on the Backbone Trail then a connector to the Mishe Mokwa trail to complete the loop.
Directions:The trailhead is 1 mile east of the Circle X Ranch, which is located 5.5 miles from Pacific Coast Highway on Yerba Buena Road in Malibu. Alternately, from Westlake Village, exit on Westlake Blvd from the 101 Freeway, and follow it south for several miles as it merges with Mulholland highway. Turn right onto Little Sycamore Canyon and it will become Yerba Buena Road as you cross the county line. Proceed on Yerba Buena Road for about 4 miles to trailhead (about a mile before you hit the Circle X Ranch Ranger Station) CLICK HERE for map --> http://goo.gl/maps/53OSS Please allow adequate time to get to the trailhead – The parking area is where the road makes almost a 90° turn - not to be confused with the parking lot for the Backbone Trail a little closer to Circle X Ranch. I will be leaving the Universal City Red Line station about 8:30AM and anticipate it will take 45 minutes to an hour to get to the trailhead.
Things to bring: Comfortable hiking shoes, ample water, Sun screen (there is about two miles of incline exposed to the Sun), some type of nutrition bar (or similar) for a quick break at Split Rock and something for a light lunch at Sandstone Peak.
Hike stats: This is about a 6 mile loop with an overall elevation gain of about 1400 feet on a well maintained trail. This is a moderate hike.
Questions:Please contact me via e-mail at [masked] for questions regarding this hike. I may have some carpool space from Pasadena/Altadena area or the Universal City Red Line station or if you want to caravan.
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