Our destination is a familiar one but on this trek we'll stay off the fire and service roads that everyone else uses.
We'll begin at the Secret Trail (aka the Calabasas-Cold Creek Trail) and wind our way through shaded ravines, dense chaparral and sandstone outcrops until we reach Calabasas Peak Motorway. Here we throw away the hiking book (I lose so many books this way) and instead of taking the Motorway to Calabasas Peak, we'll go off-trail along some use trails. We'll not only bag the peak, but we'll also make a loop around it along an old overgrown trail.
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(Optional: There are a lot of giant sanstone slabs and other formations to explore, but not required. Members who like rock climbing are encouraged to do so, the rest of us will take pictures
Calabasas Peak (2163 ft) towers over Red Rock Canyon, Old Topanga Canyon and bowl-shaped Cold Creek Canyon. From the top there are spectacular views into Ventura County, the Pacific Ocean and San Fernando and Simi valleys.
Hike is a strenuous 5 miles (plus an undisclosed bonus hike) with about 1,000 feet total gain. There is a short but steep downhill segment. No beginners
The trail head is located on Mulholland Hwy less than a fifth of a mile west of Dry Canyon Cold Creek Road
From the 101 freeway in Agoura/Calabasas, head South on Las Virgenes Road to Mulholland Hwy. Turn Left on Mulholland and continue 5.7 miles to a small parking area on the right. or....
From 101 Ventura Fwy in the Vally: take Valley Circle/Mulholland Dr exit south, turn right on Valmar Rd (becomes Old Topanga Cyn Rd) then right on Mulholland Hwy 2.1 miles to the parking area on the left.
From PCH take Topanga Canyon and turn left up Old Topanga. Take a left at Mulholland Hwy for a couple miles and then turn left onto turnout. If you are coming up Malibu Canyon take a right at Mulholland for 5.7 miles
Park off-pavement. There is overflow parking 500' south ("west") across the street next to the house
Bring at least 2 qts water, snacks, sunscreen.
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