The original Nike Missile base observation tower on San Vicente Mountain provides one of the region's premier locations to watch a Western sunset and moonrise. Visitors are also treated to spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Fernando Valley, and the Los Angeles Basin to the ocean.
This moderate 5-mile loop with 600 feet of net elevation gain (about 750 total) makes for an excellent Full moon hike along and around Mandeville Canyon and its ridges.
Its about a 45 minute hike to the top.
Sunset: 7:23 PM
Moonrise: 7:25 PM
No flashlights will be required
See http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=54 for park info
Bring food/snacks and drink to share -- we'll hike them to the top. Count on me to bring some white wine, table cloths, plates. Please bring a cup and flatware for yourself. Please post in Comments section below what food or drink you will be bringing
The return to the car will be in bright moonlight on easy-to-navigate fireroads. No flashlights will be required
There are facilites at the park. No need to carry trash out.
Directions to Trailhead
From Sunset Boulevard, 2.3 miles west of the 405 freeway, head north on Mandeville Canyon Road. Drive 4.8 miles, and turn left onto Garden Land Road. The trailhead is at end of road.
Parking Tip: There probably won't be any parking on Garden Land (its a very short residential street, as the map reveals) so park on west side of Mandeville as close to the corner as possible
There are neighborhood homes around the trailhead, please keep noise to a minimum.....until hike starts ;)
Trivia: Did you know Mandeville Canyon Rd is reputed to be the longest paved dead-end road in Los Angeles
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