Past Meetup

(Explorer Series 2) Sandstone Peak, Balanced Rock via Mische Mokwa Trail

Hosted by Los Angeles Hiking Group

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Starting time has been moved up to 9 am.

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Hiking assistants: Alex, Adelina


Location: Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu, CA

Hike difficulty: Level 6/10

A beginner hike: No

Distance: 8.6 miles (bonus hike to Tri-Peaks for fast-paced hikers)

Elevation Gain: 1700'

Time: 5 hours

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

Water: Minimum 3 liters

Guest: 1

Dog: no

Toilette: at trailhead

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

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.

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

Proficiency: Anyone interested in participating in this event must share with my your hiking background to substantiate your proficiency before your name will be added to the list.


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.

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2013 Activities:

Trekker Series: On the 1st Saturday of the month and will be 6 miles or less.
Explorer Series: On the 2nd Saturday and will be 7- 8 miles.
Adventurer Seires: On the 3rd Saturday and will be 9 miles or more.

Mountaineer Series with elevation gain of 4000' and more will be scheduled for 3rd and 4th quarters for seasoned alpinists.

Exploratory hikes are available off schedule. To participate, you must be a strong and seasoned hiker. Please email me if you are interested.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with me or with Los Angeles Hiking Group frequently will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

No show policy: If you sign up for an event and no show, you will either lose your waiting list priority or not be able to sign up for the next event.



If you have prior medical condiction 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:

Profile Photo:

Members interested in joining this hike must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of the L.A. Hiking Group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up.