Tri-Peaks is a volcanic dome that shattered, leaving labyrinths, cracks and caves for we adventurers to explore.
I DID THE RECON A FEW DAYS AGO. WE WILL DO A FULL CIRCLE CLIMB AROUND, UP, OVER AND UNDER TRI-PEAKS FOR AROUND 2 HOURS. WE WILL CLIMB ROCKS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO THE ONE PICTURED ABOVE. BECAUSE IT IS SOLID VOLCANIC ROCK, IT HAS HAND AND FOOTHOLDS EVERYWHERE AND IS VERY EASY TO CLIMB--YES, YOU WILL NEED TO USE YOUR HANDS A LOT HERE.
BRING A FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP FOR THE (OPTIONAL) CAVE EXPLORATION
THE PARK HAS A (totally arbitrary and silly) LIMIT OF 50 PEOPLE, AND 12 CARS MAXIMUM (National Park Service rules). So please carpool if possible. If you are the 51st person and/or in the 13th car, I am legally required to glare at you for a good long while.
AMAZING PHOTOS (if I should say so myself): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10205351095363873.1073741847.1443226944&type=1&l=c1f690a7f4
THERE IS NO SHADE ON THE WAY UP. THERE IS SHADE ON THE WAY DOWN.
EXPECTED WEATHER: 77 degrees
POST-HIKE DINNER AND BEER-FEST AT NEPTUNE'S NET (PCH and Yerba Buena Road). FOLLOWED BY SUNSET AT 6:07 PM
THE PLAN: We will start from the Mishe Mokwa trailhead and go 2 miles uphill to Sandstone Peak (elevation gain 900 feet), write naughty poems in the register book and eat lunch while laughing at how much people pay to live up here with the ocean view.
Then we continue another mile and a half to Tri-Peaks. We will climb up the side, making good use of our grippy shoes. (NOTE: bring grippy shoes.) The rocks here are volcanic and have lots of handholds for easy climbing. Then we will go up and down and around and eventually find our way into a big room that has 4 entrances. However, it has no exits so we will be screwed. That's the end of the hike, we will now live here.
Oh yeah, if we do find our way out by walking backwards through the entrances, we will head on over to the 500 foot long by 4 foot wide and 30 foot deep crack. It's very cool.
Then when we have come to our senses we will head back to our cars downhill via the Mishe Mokwa Trail, stopping at the Split Rock picnic area for some more tomfoolery.
HOW TO GET THERE:
TAKE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY west to Yerba Buena Road. Turn right (uphill) and go around 6 miles. You will pass the Circle X Ranch ranger building. Continue on the road for another mile or so, past the parking lot with the Sandstone Peak Trailhead sign, to two dirt lots on either side of Yerba Buena Road. This is the Mishe Mokwa trailhead. Park here. Get out of your car.
OR: TAKE THE 101 FREEWAY WEST TO THE KANAN DUME ROAD OFFRAMP. Turn Left. Take Kanan Dume south for several miles until you get to Mulholland Highway. Turn right. Very soon the road forks. Take the left fork, which is Encinal Canyon Road. Go a few more miles and at the "T", turn right onto Lachuza road. In a short distance, turn right onto Decker road. Continue 1 mile and turn left onto Mulholland Highway. In a 1/4 mile, a sudden right turn appears. This is Little Sycamore Road. Follow this twisty road for several more miles and with beautiful rock formations in the background, two dirt parking lots appear, one on each side of the road. WE MEET HERE!!!!! Some maps call this spot Triunfo Pass.
If you get to a big "Sandstone Peak" parking lot sign, you have gone too far. If you get to the Circle X ranch ranger station, you have really gone too far. Turn around!
PRINTABLE TRAILS AND PARKING LOCATION MAP:
Here are Google map directions from the 101 freeway at Kanan Dume Road (please try them, it took a lot of fiddling with the wacko Google maps direction system to make it):
(BELOW: the Crack) (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/34.1462937,-118.7611594/34.1145887,-email@example.com,-118.8375307,11z/am=t/data=!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m0!3e0?hl=en)
BRING ALL THE USUAL STUFF, I'M NOT YOUR MOM....
Bring snacks, lunch, clothing (sorry, nude hikes are a different Meetup group), lots of water--4 or 5 liters, hat, comfy shoes, snacks, all your troubles..., camera, etc
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:
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