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Upper Stunt High Trail To Saddle Peak ~ Gentler Intermediate

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Upper Stunt High Trail To Saddle Peak ~ Gentler Intermediate

This hike begins at Upper Stunt High Trail, a couple hundred feet to the right on the other side of the street from the parking lot. The trail winds upward gradually over switchbacks, giving way as the trail heads up to a dramatic rocky overlook with striking views of the Pacific, Stunt Ranch State Park, Calabasas Peak, and Old Topanga Canyon. There are also longer vistas northwest into Ventura County and east to the San Fernando Valley. We will see beautiful wooded areas and increasing views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Stunt Ranch State Park as we ascend. We eventually reach the Saddle Peak Trail via Backbone Trail and soon begin an easterly ridgeline walk high above the Pacific. This route will take us along and above spectacular tilted and pocketed sandstone formations, with dramatic views of the mountains and ocean as we proceed. There will be a little rock-scambling close to the top. We will take a short break at Saddle Peak and return back the same way.

It is about 5 miles round-trip with 1100 feet of elevation gain.


From the 101 – exit at the Las Virgenes Road exit and go south (toward the ocean). Drive 3 miles to Mulholland Highway and make a left turn. Continue 4 miles to Stunt Road and turn right. Go just past the 1.94 mile marker at the entrance to the UCLA Stunt Ranch Reserve, park and meet in the asphalt pullout on the right.

From the PCH – turn up Malibu Canyon Road and drive 6.5 miles to Mulholland Highway. Turn right and continue 4 miles to Stunt Road. Go just past the 1.94 mile marker at the entrance to the UCLA Stunt Ranch Reserve, park and meet in the asphalt pullout on the right.

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March 19 2024


Date: March 19
Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
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UCLA Stunt Ranch Reserve

1201 Stunt Rd

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