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Saddle Peak/Topanga Lookout Trails ~ Fun Gentler Intermediate

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Saddle Peak/Topanga Lookout Trails ~ Fun Gentler Intermediate

We will have two short hikes; Saddle Peak hike (about 2.5 miles with approximately 450′ elevation gain) and Topanga Lookout hike (about 3 miles with approximately 300′ elevation gain).

We will begin Saddle Peak hike at the end of the Stunt Road hike near the intersection of Stunt Road and Schueren Road. Saddle Peak offers beautiful, panoramic views of the Malibu Mountains with striking views of the Pacific, Calabasas Peak, Stunt Ranch State Park, and Old Topanga Canyon. There will be a little rock-scambling close to the top. We will take a short break at Saddle Peak and return to the beginning point. Then, we will proceed to Topanga Lookout hike.

We will head up the Topanga Tower Motorway which crosses a junction, (Fossil Ridge Trail/Backbone Trail), and continue up the paved road toward the radio towers atop the summit. When a wide dirt trail veers off to the left, follow this track along the ridge uphill and down to the lookout. The large, graffiti-covered concrete foundation at the site of the old fire tower offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains and landscape, wide and far.

These hikes comprise about 5 miles with 700-800’ elevation gain.

From the 101 freeway, exit Las Virgenes Road and head south toward Malibu. After 2.8 miles turn left (east) on Mulholland Highway. Turn right on Stunt Road after 4 miles and drive another 4 miles to the top of the road at the intersection with Schueren Road and Saddle Peak Road. Park along the side of the road.
From PCH, turn inland on Las Flores Road (across from Duke’s Restaurant). Drive 3.4 miles up this narrow twisting canyon and turn right onto Rambla Pacifico Street. After 0.6 miles, make a sharp right onto Schueren Road, and take that for 1.8 miles to the intersection with Stunt Road and Saddle Peak Road.

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The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

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All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

September 19 2023


Date: September 19, 2023
Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
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