Easy Full Moon Hike – Santa Maria Canyon – Summer Hill Ranch Loop
We’ll enjoy a great “lollipop” outing in the northeastern corner of Topanga State Park starting at the Viewridge Trailhead for Santa Maria Canyon. We’ll connect up with The Summer Hill Ranch Trail — a short and easy loop that curves around a low-rising hill dotted with coastal live oak trees.
Highlights during this stroll through a wooded canyon include ocean views and a sturdy bridge that will take us across Santa Maria Canyon. After crossing the bridge we’ll take Summer Hill Ranch trail to the Canyon Overlook. Here, either at a picnic table or atop a sandstone outcrop, we’ll enjoy a potluck party with excellent views of Topanga Canyon’s trademark geology and of Santa Maria Canyon. There are caves and crevices to explore too!
So bring some snacks and drink to share under the full moon.
Here is a slide show from this hike last December:
Hike will be about 3 miles with 800 ft total ascent. Its an upside down hike so it will be mostly downhill while our packs are full.
NO WHITE LIGHTS – Red and Green lights only. If you don’t have one you can piggy-back off of someone else’s. Here are some recommendations:
From Highway 101: drive south on Topanga Canyon Blvd for 3.7 miles. Turn left on Viewridge and drive 0.5 miles to the end of the road.
From Pacific Coast Highway: head north on Topanga Canyon Blvd. for 9 miles and turn right on Viewridge.
Park by end of street. There is plenty of street parking
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