Past Meetup

TOPANGA CREEK rocks-swimming holes-waterfall + Topanga Lookout Meteor Meetup

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Jalan Jalan Imports

525 South Topanga Canyon Boulevard · Topanga, CA

How to find us

AVOID BEACH TRAFFIC JAMS: TAKE 101 FREEWAY TO TOPANGA CANYON, GO SOUTH...park along Topanga Canyon Blvd south of Fernwood Market, meet outside Jalan Jalan Imports, an outdoors furniture store on the west side of the road

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AVOID BEACH TRAFFIC JAMS: TAKE 101 FREEWAY TO TOPANGA CANYON, GO SOUTH 9 MILES...park along Topanga Canyon Blvd south of Fernwood Market, meet outside Jalan Jalan Imports, an outdoors furniture store on the west side of the road

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2 FUN EVENTS: Do one or Both!!

3:30 to 7:30PM: 2 MILES-Beat the Heat in the Topanga Swimming Holes, climb giant boulders and Monkey around

8:00 to 10:00PM: 2 miles total out-and-back level hike to Topanga Lookout and the big flat concrete pad where we can watch the Perseids meteor shower. Bring food and/or drink to share. We will potluck-party til 10 or whenever...

I will bring my guitar and annoy you, if possible

for the Topanga Lookout Perseids party: MEET AT THE INTERSECTION OF STUNT ROAD AND SADDLE PEAK AND SCHEUREN ROADS AT 8:00pm

DIRECTIONS FROM HIKE 1 to HIKE 2: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Jalan+Jalan+Imports/Topanga+Lookout+Trailhead/@34.0801572,-118.6463238,17.17z/am=t/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x0:0xc6295fc7881ed047!2m2!1d-118.5977018!2d34.0814907!1m5!1m1!1s0x0:0x11f21e91571c3ce1!2m2!1d-118.6458614!2d34.0811995

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3:30Pm TOPANGA CREEK HIKE FOLLOWS WEST SIDE OF CREEK FOR MOST OF ROUTE AND FEATURES LOTS OF CLIMBING OVER 3 TO 4 FOOT TALL BOULDERS (AND OPTIONALLY, SOME 20 FEET TALL). YOU WILL USE YOUR HANDS AS WELL AS YOUR FEET. THAT'S WHY I CALL MY HIKES "MONKEYING AROUND". CLIMBING OF THE BIGGER BOULDERS IS OPTIONAL.....

THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR POISON OAK CONTACT, BUT TRAIL ANGELS HAVE CUT IT BACK SO IT IS REALLY EASY TO AVOID!

WHERE TO MEET:

meet in front of Jalan Jalan Imports, located at 525 South Topanga Canyon Blvd., which is 3.5 miles north of Pacific Coast Highway. Park north of the store on Topanga Canyon Blvd.

FREE PARKING ALONG EITHER SIDE OF TOPANGA CANYON ROAD BETWEEN FERNWOOD MARKET AND JALAN JALAN IMPORTS--STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE WHITE LINE SO YOU DON'T GET TICKETED OR LOSE YOUR MIRROR

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO NO-PARKING SIGNS!!!

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HIKE #1 FEATURES:

SEVERAL SWIMMING HOLES, SEVERAL WATERFALLS, A GROTTO (WATERFALL IN ROOM UNDER A ROCK), AND OH, D'OH!, A ROPE SWING... ALL IN NEARBY TOPANGA CANYON WITH NO LONG DRIVE ON REALLY TWISTY ROADS

AND......MINT PLANTS EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!! (probably not native, but I don't care.....freakin' smells great!)

OPTIONS (not required!!):

BRING SWIMMING CLOTHES AND A TOWEL IF YOU WANNA JUMP IN!

according to the Topanga State park general plan, the lower 3.7 miles of Topanga creek has 56 springs and seeps, which explains why the gorge is full of water in the summer while upstream a mile in the developed area, the creek is dry.

BRING A LARGE PLASTIC TRASH CAN LID IF WANT TO TUBE-SLED

TOPANGA CREEK DIRECTIONS: in case you arrive late, the address on Google for the trail entrance which leads to the "tube" is 1636 S. Topanga Canyon Road on the west side, and
GPS N[masked] W[masked] . At the bottom of the tube, walk downstream and you will see us soon. The first stop is the play area with the rope swing. Next stop is the deep swimming hole. After that we get to the grotto with the 6 FOOT waterfall inside. After that, we may go a bit more downstream to another 4 foot deep swimming hole.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10207328051706546.1073741889.1443226944&type=1&l=0b3dcf0896

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I did some research and found out the locals call the Tube down to the creek the Time Tunnel. Here's some links about it:

http://www.enjoygram.com/location/279629423

http://www.sebastianwschmid.com/blog/2015/4/14/time-tunnel-1

http://www.topangamessenger.com/story_detail.php?SectionID=&ArticleID=1673

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Topanga-Canyon-time-Tunnels/291610550955220

Some of you asked about studies of the springs in lower Topanga canyon. The best one can be downloaded here http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/41229

DISTANCE for hike #1 : under 2 MILES, BUT AT A REALLY SLOW PACE

ELEVATION GAIN AND LOSS: A HUNDRED FEET AT THE MOST

--------BRING SHOES WITH GOOD GRIP THAT YOU CAN GET WET----

and......NO DOGS: 'cause this is a State Park

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AND: there are scattered patches of POISON OAK: learn to recognize it so you don't get a skin rash by touching it.

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THE USUAL STUFF:

BRING ALL THE USUAL STUFF, I'M NOT YOUR MOM....

Bring clothing (sorry, nude hikes are a different Meetup group), lots of water, hat, comfy shoes, snacks, all your troubles..., guitar, 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:

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

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BELOW: THE TUBE

AN AWESOME VIDEO BY WILLIE: https://youtu.be/EJDFBApKbNc

BELOW: THE DEEP SWIMMING HOLE, AND YOUR HIKE LEADER SWIMMING "VOLUNTARILY"

BELOW: THE GROTTO

BELOW: POISON OAK