Past Meetup

Sandstone Peak Redux

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Mishe Mokwa to Sandstone Peak

(see map below) · Los Angeles, CA

How to find us

Look for a group of friendly, smiling, energetic hikers and my fuchsia (hot pink) hiking cap.

Location image of event venue


Both LA Hiking and SM Hiking did this hike on November 8. If you missed it in November, be sure to come this time. Or come again! It's an AMAZING hike with great views and plenty of rocks to scramble around on. Weather for Sunday: Sunny and 63.

At 3,111 feet, Sandstone Peak is the tallest point in the Santa Monica Mountains. The summit can be reached via a 6.25-mile loop with 1,075 feet of elevation gain that offers expansive views of the range. We’ll climb around on the rocks at Sandstone Peak and TriPeaks.

We will start from the Mishe Mokwa trailhead WHICH HAS TWO PARKING LOTS AND ROADSIDE PARKING and take Mishe Mokwa trail then loop back to Sandstone Peak via the backbone trail. If we have time and energy, we'll go to TriPeaks too. I calculated the pace and mileage. I think we can still get back by 3:00 with TriPeaks, but we'll decide on the trail.

You can read more and see photos on Hikespeak

Hike basics:

~ 6.25 miles RT

~ 1075 feet elevation gain

~[masked] hours. Lots of exposed trail; lots of amazing rock formations.


You won’t need hiking shoes, but they are better than running shoes for gripping the rocks and trail going up and down the hills.

What to bring:
Basic first aid (bandaids are a good idea)
Water (2-3 liters) and/or an electrolyte drink
Snacks and/or lunch
Sunscreen (always!) and hat; layered clothing

We will leave at 11:00 AM and should be back to the parking lot before 3:00 PM.

We'll skip the early dinner this time for those of us who want to boogie over to Lee's hike at Echo Mountain (1.5 hour drive, but looks like a lot of fun. Check it out.

PLEASE CARPOOL!! The park limits parking to 12 cars per group. Besides, carpooling is fun. You might meet people you like and it’s great for the environment.


HOW TO GET THERE: it usually takes 1 and 1/2 hours to get here from central L.A. (REALLY! It’s in Ventura County)

TAKE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY North 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.

(Thanks Rex)


That's me on the Topanga Lookout Hike (Thanks Sylvia!!! photo included so you know who I am when you come to the hike). I was a long distance runner and trained groups for LA and Dublin marathons. Now I love to hike and rock scramble. I motivate hikers to go a little bit further, a little bit faster than you might go on your own. I hike at a moderate pace and stop for short water and cardio breaks, but do make sure slower hikers are not left behind. We do a lot of socializing on the go, at the beginning, and at the end of hikes.

I love LA Hiking Meetup. The hikes are fun. I've met lots of friendly, active, and interesting people.

LEGAL STUFF: Joining this hike is entirely voluntary and participants assume all associated risks. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate, with appropriate provisions and equipment. The Los Angeles Hiking Meetup group and the hike organizer make no warranties about the safety or supervision of these activities.

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: