2018-Nov: Sandstone Peak & Tri-Peaks (Santa Monica Mountains) / Level 2+ Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:00 AM

HikingOC (Meet to Hike in Orange County & Travel the World)

Special hike (Day 2) post Thanksgiving visiting Sandstone Peak and the Santa Monica Mountains in the weekend trip to Malibu and Point Mugu State Park https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/255960468/.

Meeting at the trailhead: 8:45-9:00 AM

Carpool from OC is highly recommended. Meet at Fullerton Park and Ride at 7:30 AM (or Orange Park and Ride) or at Circle X Ranch Ranger Station at 8:30 - 8:45 AM. Direction for carpool at the end of the post.

About the Hike

· Trail head time: 9:00 AM (Malibu time)
· Adventure Parking Pass: Required
· Hike Duration: ~ 5-6 hours
· Difficulty Level: Level 2+, intermediate
· Pace: 2.0 MPH total average (Moderate)
· Elevation Gain: ~ 1,800 ft
· Distance: ~ 9'ish miles
· Trail type: Loop, mostly single-file
· Shade: Less than 33%
· Car Pooling: Highly recommended (recommendations/details to come)
· Driving distance - 90 miles (approx. 1.5 hours each way).

*** General Rating / Difficulty ***

This hike is rated Level 2+/Intermediate due to terrain, elevation gain and some light scrambling and moderate bushwhacking. Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about hike levels. Know your limits!!!

*** What to Bring ***

Positive mental attitude, hiking poles, plenty of WATER, snacks, hat/sunscreen, layers, snacks/light lunch and the Ten Essentials (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234).

General Description: Join us on an intermediate level loop hike to Sandstone peak, the tallest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains (@ 3,111 ft above sea level). Along our journey, we'll take in peek-a-boo views of the ocean, cliffs, valleys and our favorite hiking mountains to the east. It's truly a beautiful trail that inspires that special nature thing deep down inside each and every one of us.

Our hike will consist of an 8 to 9 mile loop hike along the Mishe Mokwa Trail with several stops and/or off-shoots along the way, including Balanced Rock, Split Rock, Tri-Peaks (perhaps discover a cave or two here), Inspiration Point, and finally Sandstone Peak.

*** Click on the link to the past events:
Jan 2018: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/28480504/467635797/

Mar 2016 (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/26793291/)

2015 (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/25918706/)

Sept 2013 (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/17075272/)

April 2012 (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/7477272/)

Jan 2011 (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/1222256/)

About Mishe Mokwa Trail - Sandstone Peak: This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains. Highlights include the spectacular Echo Cliffs where rock climbers ascend shear cliffs, a house sized boulder delicately balanced on a small rock beneath, a giant split rock where kids can dash between the sheer walls, stunning giant sandstone formations, and breathtaking views from the top of Sandstone Peak and Inspiration point. The side trail to Tri Peaks offers an additional mile of rugged (but not too steep) hiking. The offshoot is far less maintained than the main loop and appears to be a center for runoff, which means you are basically hiking up a gully. If that doesn't bother you, it is only half a mile to Tri Peaks Trails Map

Direction to Trailhead: The trailhead is 1 mile east of the Circle X Ranch, which is located 5 ½ miles from Pacific Coast Highway on Yerba Buena Road in Malibu. Alternately, from Frwy 101, exit on Westlake Blvd- go 0.4 mi turn Left on S WESTLAKE BLVD - go 3.2 mi Continue on DECKER CANYON RD(CA-23) - go 2.2 mi Continue to follow CA-23 - go 1.9 mi Bear Right on MULHOLLAND HWY - go 0.4 mi. 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 (about a mile before you hit the Circle X Ranch Ranger Station). (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked] this is a parking for Sandstone Peak, not Backbone trailhead)

Click on Circle X Ranch Ranger Station (http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/circlexranch.htm) () for more info or address: 12896 Yerba Buena Road, Malibu, CA, 90265.

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Attending: 4

Sandstone Peak Parking 34.11161-118.92643 MalibuCA  92264