|Minimum Elevation||995 ft|
|Maximum Elevation||1,635 ft|
|Total Ascent||930 ft|
The Full Moon in August is called Sturgeon Moon because of the great number of this huge freshwater fish that could once be found in lakes and rivers in North America. Madonna even had a hit song based upon this fish:
Like a Sturgeon
Caught for the very first time…
Our hike begins on Serrania Ridge, a pocket of parkland on the suburban edge of Woodland Hills. The ridge’s name—and its geography—seem to be in limbo. Serrania Ridge is also called Woodland Ridge. Is it a part of the Santa Monica Mountains? Or is it a part of Chalk Hill to the northeast?
We can contemplate these questions as we roller-coaster up and down–mostly up–partaking views of the Santa Monica mountains rising before us, Calabasas hills to the right of us, Chalk Hill the the left of us and the west San Fernando Valley behind us. After about 1 mile we cross dirt Mulholland and continue on a steep trail to the top of the ridge where we’ll turn onto a service road and head up to the water tank, watch the full moon rise and party.
Special appearance by Madonna https://youtu.be/NaxeK_Kyfto
Bring snack and drinks to share
Hike is a ~4-mile lollipop with about 1,000 ft total ascent. Trails will be well lit. No white lights allowed. Bring a green or red headlamp/light if you have one. If you don’t you can piggy back off mine and the others’
Facilities are available at the trail head (but may be locked?).
Sunset: 7:29 PM
Moonrise: 7:21 PM
From the 101 Freeway, take the De Soto exit and head south for 0.7 miles. On the way, De Soto becomes Serrania Avenue. Bear left onto Wells Drive and the park will be almost immediately on your right.