TOPANGA: HIKE TO ROCKS,CAVES AND A ROPE SWING...
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, sort of like a highrise condo with a wide open front window. We will drop down to the last really interesting cave near the creek, but where the poison oak starts is where we will stop. There is a very pretty trail following the creek going upstream which I will point out but we'll leave that for another day. The creek trail deadends into a mess of poison oak about 1/4 mile upstream so until someone hacks their way thru that, I'm not stupid enough to go thru it. Maybe a little crazy, but not stupid.
TIME/DISTANCE: 3 1/2 hours, from 8:30 am to noon.
FOLLOWED BY OPTIONAL BUFFET LUNCH AT DELHI CAFE ON TOPANGA CANYON BLVD IN CANOGA PARK, AT SHERMAN WAY--$10
AND SECOND 3 HOUR HIKE TO THE CAVE OF THE MUNITS AND CASTLE PEAK--posted separately, FROM 1:30 4:30 PM
ELEVATION GAIN: We go up and down with about 300 feet max each time.
PHOTOS OF THE HIKE:
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:
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.
FOR A PRINTABLE TRAIL MAP:
AS USUAL: BRING PLENTY OF WATER, A HAT, SUNSCREEN, COMFORTABLE SHOES
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