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Topanga Viewridge trail -- rocks and caves exploration

ED EDELMAN SUMMIT PARK IN TOPANGA: HIKE TO ROCKS, CAVES AND A ROPE SWING...

and Two of the biggest oak trees you've ever seen!!!

We take the viewridge trail, drop into Santa Maria canyon and explore some rock formations and caves. And split! There are a bunch of cliffside caves,

TIME/DISTANCE: 3 hours, hike starts promptly at 2:00pm. Please arrive at 1:45 to get shoes on etc.

ELEVATION GAIN: We go up and down with about 300 feet max each time.

DIFFICULTY: moderate


HIKE IS OVER AT 5:00PM SO I CAN JOIN THIS MOONLIGHT HIKE TO EAGLE ROCK NEARBY (please come along!) Bring pot-luck dinner items

http://www.meetup.com/santamonicahikingclub/events/193786812/

 

PHOTOS OF THE HIKE:

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=4523502

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=6061042

 

Purchased by the State of California for $20 million in 1994, this 662 acres at the top of Topanga was once threatened with bulldozing into a country club in the last major development threat to the canyon. When L.A. County's politicians were about to decide the fate of the project, the owners, heirs of a daughter of Walt Disney, saw the light and sold it to the public. The property includes a major stretch of the crest of the Santa Monica mountains and the Summit to Summit motorway. In the south side are rocks and cliffs, and a trail that may eventually connect to Topanga State park.

 

NEWS STORIES ON THIS:

http://articles.latimes.com/1994-03-11/news/mn-32844_1_santa-monica-mountains-conservancy

http://www.topangamessenger.com/v25n05/news.shtml#N1

 

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HOW TO GET THERE? Take PCH or the 101 Freeway to Topanga Canyon Blvd. Follow it all the way to the top. One block south of the summit is Viewridge road. Turn here, follow this wide road 1/2 mile east until it ends at a gated neighborhood. We meet here at 8:30 am, and we leave at 8:40 at the latest.

 

HERE IS A ZOOMABLE STREET MAP WITH ARROW "A" AT THE TRAILHEAD.

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=34.13499,-118.59387&z=16&t=M&marker0=34.13280%2C-118.59162%2C1.2%20km%20NE%20of%20Glenview%20CA

 

 

 

 

FOR A PRINTABLE TRAIL MAP:

https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/9/a/e/4/highres_94059652.jpeg

 

 

AS USUAL: BRING PLENTY OF WATER, A HAT, SUNSCREEN, COMFORTABLE SHOES

 

LEGAL STUFF: by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:

http://www.meetup.com/terms/

 

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  • Kathleen

    Great trail! Loved the swings! Thank you so much!

    July 15, 2014

  • Kathleen

    We r here and think we saw the group, but there r 2 trailheads?

    July 12, 2014

  • Victoria

    Sorry traffic is horrible catch the next one soon

    July 12, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Traffic might make me late. We'll try and catch up.

    July 12, 2014

  • Roxanne

    This says 1:45 start time how do we find you?

    July 12, 2014

    • rexfrankel

      Viewridge road ends at a gated neighborhood. Park across the street from the guarded gate and you'll see a park sign there. Or call me at[masked] if you can't find me.

      July 12, 2014

  • Janet H.

    Looks amazing! Booked this Sat but next time!

    July 9, 2014

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