SEE WHAT A LOT OF RAIN DOES TO OUR LOCAL WATERFALL PARADISE!
WHERE: Circle X ranch, in the western Santa Monica Mountains
NOTE: BECAUSE THIS HIKE GETS REALLY POPULAR IN WATERFALL SEASON, WE ARE LIMITED TO 50 HIKERS MAXIMUM, AND CAR-POOLING IS MANDATORY–THE RANGERS GET A BIT CRANKY IF WE PACK THEIR PARKING LOT. WE ARE LIMITED TO 12 CARS.
Park in the lot with the sign saying “Sandstone Peak trailhead”.
DRIVING TIME: Typically it takes an hour and a half from downtown or west L.A to get here (or an hour from the San Fernando valley)
We will first pass a series of cascading mini falls. Then we will connect with the Grotto trail, and cross a much bigger waterfall. Soon, to our left,we will see falls #2 and 3. Then when we hit the canyon bottom and an old campground, we are really close to the grotto.
The Grotto is really cool because this is a 20 foot underground waterfall, located in a room under a giant boulder in the canyon.
POST HIKE optional dinner at Neptune’s Net (located at PCH and Yerba Buena Road)
HOW LONG IS THE HIKE: About 3 miles each way. This is an upside down hike, we go down past 4 waterfalls, then come back up. The last tenth of a mile of the hike requires some climbing over boulders to get to the last waterfall (the grotto–which is the underground waterfall in the picture above). Below the grotto are more waterfalls. I may choose to take a small group of you further down. If so, we will be done hiking at 5:00, not 4:00 as in the write-up
ELEVATION LOSS AND GAIN: We will descend 800 feet to the grotto in around 3 miles. Then take the elevator back to the top. Only the last tenth of a mile at the last waterfall requires some climbing over large boulders.
BRING: WATER, A HAT, SUNSCREEN, COMFORTABLE SHOES WHICH YOU DON’T MIND GETTING WET, AND FOOD
LEGAL STUFF: THIS HIKE INVOLVES OPTIONALLY CLIMBING BIG ROCKS THAT ARE NOT IMAGINARY. SO– by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: