Our first 2016 destination is a familiar one but on this trek we'll stay off the fire and service roads that everyone else uses. And we start at 10 AM :)
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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 circumnavigate it along an old overgrown trail.
There is a log book on the peak. Let's be the first group to sign in for 2016! Bring a pen
Here we are last March:
More previous versions:
(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 usually a strenuous 4.7 miles with about 1,200 feet total gain. I'm going to kick it up a notch with a side trip that will add about a mile; this part may be also be a little overgrown.
We'll have our snack break at this hidden cistern. Don't drink the water hee hee
Post hike lunch at Sagebrush Cantina
The trail head is located on Mulholland Hwy less than a fifth of a mile west of Dry Canyon Cold Creek Road
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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. Click for map (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zj-8HsFWf0b8.k4q5XWXamcxQ&usp=sharing)
Bring at least 2 qts water, snacks, sunscreen.
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