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VALENTINES DAY TOP OF TOPANGA / COLD CREEK PRESERVE 6 MILE HIKE & GRUB AFTERWARD

GREAT workout and TERRIFIC SCENERY with several ROCK FORMATIONS on the way!!! Trail climbs a ridge and through several interesting rock formations to one of the highest peaks in the immediate Santa Monica Mountains at just over 2,700 feet; where we'll have an incredible view of the valley and neighboring mountain range. On the way down, the trail zig-zags among the trees, passes a homestead once settled by an old gold miner and a rusted out Dodge Truck. It's densely shaded towards the bottom, and runs parallel to a stream. Meet 10:30AM... will leave at 10:45 LUNCH AT THE TOP STEEP IN PLACES.... SOME ROCK SCRAMBLING!!! BRING HIKING SHOES WITH TRACTION We'll be hiking at a RELAXED pace... so there will be time to take photos and admire the incredible scenery
SORRY... NO DOGS
ELEVATION GAIN 1,400 feet
NO POISON IVY... WOOHOO!!!!!
CLICK HERE FOR INTERACTIVE MAP OF HIKE AND DIRECTIONS THERE
CLICK HERE FOR PICS OF HIKE
HIKE WILL TAKE APPROX 5- 5 1/2 HOURS... BRING A LUNCH.... WE'LL STOP OFF AT FROGGIES IN TOPANGA FOR FOOD AFTER THE HIKE
FOR THE MAP IMPAIRED:
From the 405/101 Freeway... Exit Mulholland Dr /Valley Circle Blvd and go south on Mulholland Dr for 0.5 mi Turn Right on Valmar St for 1.2 mi Turn right on Mulholland Hwy for 3.8 mi Left on Stunt Rd 1.0 mi Park at turnout on right --------------------------------- From the 101 Freeway east of Calabasas: 101 East, exit on Las Virgenes Road Head south for 3 miles to Mulholland Highway. Turn left and continue 4 miles to Stunt Road. Turn right and drive one mile to the pullout on the right.
Will update with any pertinent information mid-week
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEOS OF PREVIOUS HIKES!!

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  • Christi

    It was a glorious day, sometime a little more narrower then I liked but thanks to my wonderful "support" group" it became very enjoyable. Thanks again for a great day!

    February 15, 2010

  • ! That JOHN G.

    AWESOME day.... incredible scenery and a great bunch of people

    February 14, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone who went to this hike, especially orgnizaers and that fearless girl who climbed that bold rock. You've made my day! Sorry for not saying good bye to everyone, I had to hurry

    February 14, 2010

  • Jim B.

    I specifically enjoyed the bouldering to get to Topanga Overlook. My quads were worked hard. I also liked walking down the Cold Creek Preserve Trail. John was great showing us around. Everybody was so friendly too. This hike was a different slice of what I have done before, so it got my interest.

    February 14, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was such a fantastic day! The trail was challenging, and varied, people were friendly. We could not have had better weather, either.

    February 14, 2010

  • rashid

    Great hike, thanks John, Ray and all the hikers for good company

    February 14, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyway want to carpool tomorrow. I live near Culver city by Sony. My number is[masked]

    February 13, 2010

  • Erika

    Thanks for the clarification.

    February 9, 2010

  • ! That JOHN G.

    YUP!!! last time we did it at a "relaxed" pace it took 5 hours... we spent at least a half hour at the top hanging out, and stopped to take pics along the way... and BELIEVE me... it's STEEP going up and personally... the slower I go, the more i see.

    February 9, 2010

  • Christina

    Is the hike really going to take 5-6 hours if we are only doing 6 miles? I think that might have been a typo...

    February 9, 2010

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