Past Meetup

Mega-Monkeying around at Tri-Peak's volcanic caves

This Meetup is past

10 people went

Price: $0.02 /per person

Mishe Mokwa Trailhead, Yerba Buena Road

34.114581, -118.918314 · Westlake Village, CA 91361 , CA

How to find us

Look for Mile Marker VC 7.00; Although I corrected it, map above may point to somewhere in the ocean. Don't go there. Car and shoe damage! Follow detailed directions below

Location image of event venue

Details

START TIME IS 10:30 am

THE PLAN: We will start from the Mishe Mokwa trailhead (WHICH HAS TWO PARKING LOTS AND ROADSIDE PARKING, TOO).

After a quarter mile on the narrow Mishe Mokwa trail, we will take a left turn and cross over to the wide Sandstone Peak trail and go 1 & 1/2 miles uphill to Sandstone Peak (elevation gain 900 feet). There we will write naughty poems in the register book and EAT LUNCH while admiring the view. We will then continue 2 miles west to Tri-Peaks, play and explore multiple tunnels and caves, including the DARK CAVE. EXPECT THREE OR FOUR HOURS OF CAVE EXPLORATION. AND bring a headlamp!!

We then loop back to our skateboards via the Mishe Mokwa trail

DIFFICULTY: this is an all-day hike and adventure. It features lots of free-hand (no ropes) rock climbing. It is not for beginners. We will stop and rest a lot, depending on how tired we get.

Newbies are OK with me. But expect a long day of adventuring. However, If you want to leave early, there are signs at each trail junction pointing back to the start.

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NOTE TO SMART PHONE USERS: the MeetUp app deletes all of my pictures and maps. Click here for them:

http://rexhikes.blogspot.com/2015/08/sandstone-peak-and-tri-peaks-cave-and.html

DISTANCE: 7 miles total plus cave exploration

PARK HERE:

HIKE HERE: Below is the view at Sandstone Peak....Tri-Peaks is the middle and tallest of the peaks in the background.

CAVE #1 AT TRI-PEAKS

-----VIDEO of the hike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=607Iv3UaQo0

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: moderate

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.

THERE IS NOT MUCH SHADE ON THIS HIKE..... EXPECTED WEATHER IS 78 degrees

https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USCA1144:1:US (http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/USCA0660)

POST-HIKE DINNER AT NEPTUNE'S NET (PCH and Yerba Buena Road).

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HOW TO GET THERE: it usually takes 1 and 1/2 hours to get here from central L.A.

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: FROM L.A. 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!

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PRINTABLE TRAILS AND PARKING LOCATION MAP:

http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/3/4/c/8/highres_402853512.jpeg

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):

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/34.1462937,-118.7611594/34.1145887,-118.9182564/@34.1346208,-118.8375307,11z/am=t/data=!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m0!3e0?hl=en (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/34.1462937,-118.7611594/34.1145887,-118.9182564/@34.1346208,-118.8375307,11z/am=t/data=%214m4%214m3%211m0%211m0%213e0?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:

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

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