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Mishe Mokwa Trail, Tri-Peaks and Sandstone Peak

Distance 8 + miles

Elevation Gain: 1500 +

Rating: 6 Moderate / Advanced Beginner and up

Duration: 5 to 6 hours, depending on exploration of Tri-Peaks area

Where to meet Sand Stone Peak Trail Head

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Directions:

From Los Angeles:

Take Pacific Coast Highway to Yerba Buena Road in Malibu. Follow this road for about 5.5 miles or until you are about 1 mile east of Circle X Ranch. Park at the turnoff near Triunfo Pass on your left.

From Westlake Village:

Take Westlake Blvd off of the 101 Freeway. Follow it south for until it merges with Mulholland Highway. Turn right onto Little Sycamore Canyon and it will become Yerba Buena Road as you cross the county line. Proceed on Yerba Buena Road for about 4 miles to trailhead or about 1 mile before the Circle X Ranch Ranger Station.

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The Plan

We will hike along Mishe Mokwa Trail stopping at splint rock, balance rock, inspiration point, Tri-peaks, and lastly at Sand Stone peak.

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About the Trail:

Sandstone Peak is the highpoint in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California. It is also known as Mount Allen, a name that was given and used mainly by the Boy Scouts. During the 1960s, in an attempt to honor Circle X benefactor Herbert Allen, the Scouts petitioned the United States Department of the Interior to rename Sandstone Peak. The request for “Mt. Allen” was denied because of a long-standing policy that prohibited naming geographical features after living persons. Nevertheless, the Scouts held an “unofficial” dedication ceremony in 1969 to honor their leader. A plaque honoring Herbert Allen stands on the summit of Sandstone Peak. The peak is part of the Circle X Ranch of the western Santa Monica Mountains, an area that is administered by the National Park Service and part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

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PLEASE - Know your limits and abilities. Bring and drink plenty of liquids when hiking. Check weather conditions, dress accordingly, and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Dogs, well behaved and picked up after would be fine on this one. Watching out for snakes, ticks, uneven footing, spectacular views, beautiful fauna all while carrying on a conversation with awesome (usually) fellow hikers can be extremely hazardous, rewarding and fun.

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1 – A walk

2 – A longer walk

3 – 3 mile hike w/little elevation gain

4 – 5+ mile hike w/500 ft. elevation gain

5 – 5+ mile hike w/1000 ft. elevation gain 6 – 7+ mile hike w/1000 ft. elevation gain

7 – 7+ mile hike w/1500 ft. elevation gain

8 – 5+ mile hike w/2000 ft. elevation gain

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Rain Cancels all hike

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DISCLAIMER

I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any you are your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

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Additional links:

http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/circlexranch.htm

http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/MisheMokwa_4472.asp

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  • Ana

    It was nice and had fun; I enjoyed the scenery and the workout. Thanks to Mark for being my personal hiking leader!

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi -- I will be at the carpool spot at 8 tomorrow -- in case I can't recognize people, here is my phone #[masked]

    November 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just FYI--I did this hike by myself last weekend--the trail is very rough over most of its course and the downhill from Sandstone Peak (1.5 miles) is a real knee and thigh buster. But so worth it! Really incredible scenery and views! It took me 5.5 hours, including about 45 min. for rest stops. Lots of up and downs, some very steep. Have fun!

    November 16, 2012

  • Mark B

    November 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    is it possible to bail this hike earlier?

    November 13, 2012

    • Mark B

      The hike is a loop but there is no reason that you would be able to return using the same trail

      November 14, 2012

  • Mark B

    Sundays hike.
    The NPS service has a limit of 24 hikers per group on the weekends so if you are RSVP as yes and not able to join the group please update your RSVP to no to allow someone else to join.

    Also I have been notified that there are several other groups are hiking the same days so parking may be an issue carpooling might be a good idea. I will be updating the event with one possible carpool location in the next day or so.

    November 14, 2012

  • Ceci

    Lol, sorry Mark...I read Mike'a post and typed his name in instead of yours.

    November 13, 2012

    • Mark B

      Ceci completely understand its easy to confuse Mike and I

      November 14, 2012

  • Ceci

    Mike, so disappointed, nice hike you have planned and wish I could join but made other plans.

    November 13, 2012

  • Paul H.

    We also added in a few extra peaks at the price of more scrambling, sliding and pushing through scrub that ripped one guy's shirt to shreds, but frankly Sandstone and Tri-peaks made them almost redundant.

    November 11, 2012

  • Paul H.

    I did this hike last week, it's fabulous. Tri-peaks is (are) amazing to explore.

    November 11, 2012

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