Past Meetup

Topanga SP: Goat Peak and the Nazi site; & no-poison oak return trip

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26 people went

Rivas Canyon Park

1480 Chautaqua Blvd. · Pacific Palisades, CA

How to find us

park at north end of Chautaqua Blvd, on residential streets. Be considerate of the neighbors. Trail starts at gate across the street.

Location image of event venue

Details

Approximately 10 mile loop hike, with a short out and back section to the Nazi site

Hard in sections, (a rocky staircase just before Goat Peak) and a mix of sun and shade

3 uphill sections

1100 feet elevation gain from Chautaqua Blvd. to Goat Peak, then ups and downs to lunch spot at the big oak tree

Then we drop down to Rustic Canyon (drop of 600 feet) to see the abandoned buildings of Murphy Ranch and the (spooky) old Nazi building. (FOR More history: http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/rustic-canyon-murphy-ranch-nazi-ruins/ )

From here we will NOT take the scenic but poison-oak filled lower Rustic Canyon trail back to the polo field at Will Rogers. Instead....

We take the trail back up to the ridge, (going uphill by 600 feet) and drop down to Will Rogers State Park and the polo field and return via Rivas Canyon to our cars (another 250 feet elevation gain).

AFTER HIKE TOMFOOLERY: AT REEL INN, located at Topanga Canyon Blvd and Pacific Coast Highway. Park on PCH or Topanga Canyon for free parking.

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:

Pacific Coast Highway to Chautaqua, follow it up the hill to Sunset Blvd. and turn left. Turn right at first street called Hartzell. Then turn right at Drummond Street, and go two blocks and turn left onto Chautaqua again. Go right at the fork of Kagawa and Chautaqua, and follow Chautaqua until it ends.

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MAP OF HIKE HIGHLIGHTS;

http://tinyurl.com/Goat-peak-and-Nazi-site

"A" is the trailhead

"B" is Goat Peak

"C" is where the Goat Peak trail connects to the Backbone trail

"D" is the big oak tree for lunch break

"E" is the trail from Backbone down to Rustic Canyon

"F" is the old Nazi site

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PRINTABLE TRAIL MAP:

http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/2/1/7/c/highres_263348572.jpeg

AS USUAL: Bring 4 quarts of water, a hat, sunscreen, munchies, Gern Blanston repellent

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LEGAL STUFF: AND AS USUAL, YOU AGREE BY GOING ON THIS HIKE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND THAT THE MEETUP FOLKS HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY. PLEASE SEE THE MEETUP TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP: http://www.meetup.com/terms/ ESPECIALLY PARAGRAPH 11. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY YOU CANNOT HIKE WITH US--I DON'T MAKE THE RULES, I JUST GOTTA FOLLOW THEM