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🎉First Hike of the Year: Musch Loop to Eagle Rock

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🎉First Hike of the Year: Musch Loop to Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock, the most impressive landmark in all of Topanga State Park, will afford us an airy perch overlooking the upper watershed of Santa Ynez Canyon and the ocean beyond. We will eat, drink and explore on this impressive sandstone rock covered with crevices and caves.

We begin hiking at Trippet Ranch, walking north on a paved driveway about 100 yards to where the Musch Trail slants to the right across a grassy hillside.

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On that trail we’ll plunge into the shade of oak and bay laurel trees. After contouring around a couple of north-flowing ravines, we rise to meet a trailside campground at the former Musch Ranch.

Beyond the campground, Musch Trail climbs through sun-baked, fragrant chaparral.

After many twists and turns we will reach a ridgetop fire road at Eagle Junction. We begin to see Eagle Rock looming over ravines plunging south toward the sea. The rock, a sandstone outcrop pitted with small caves, is a good example of the 15-million-year-old Topanga Canyon Formation that crops out in various parts of the Santa Monica Mountains.

We’ll return to Trippet Ranch via the rolling East Topanga Fire RoadHike is about 5 miles.

Bring a snacks and drink to share and we’ll usher in the New Year

HIKE IS ABOUT 5 MILES WITH ABOUT 1,000 FT TOTAL ASCENT AND IS RATED MEDIUM. WERE DOING THIS HIKE IN OPPOSITE DIRECTION DESCRIBED ABOVE. THE FIRST COUPLE MILES IS ON FIREROAD WITH 700′ ASCENT. See the Hike Ratings Guide

 

Directions

From Topanga Canyon Boulevard, turn east on Entrada Road; that’s to the left if you are coming from the San Fernando Valley. Follow Entrada Road by turning left at every opportunity until you arrive at Topanga State Park.

Park on street before the last left turn (and walk a couple blocks) or pay the ranger in the park ($12?). If you park on street be sure that your left wheels are inside the white line. Note parking restrictions. We’ll meet by the bathrooms (of course!).

January 01 2022

Details

Date: January 1
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Venue

Trippet Ranch

20828 Entrada Road
Topanga, CA 90290

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