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9 Mile loop: Liberty Cyn, Phantom Trail, Century Lake to Malibu Creek/ Pools

Santa Clarita Community Hiking Club
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Dec 02 7:15AM - 8:15AM

Saturday, 2 December, 2017 - A 9 Mile loop: Liberty Cyn, Phantom Trail, Century Lake to Malibu Creek and the RockPools

Distance: 9 mile (loop)

Gain: ~ 900 ft (mainly in one section near the start and again near the end)


Rating: Moderate + (not for beginners, due to the overall distance and the gain sections). You need to be in good general condition to enjoy this hike.

Looking down at Century Lake (seen in the center)

Description:This 9 mile loop in the Santa Monica Mountains takes us through lots of different terrain and view variety. Starting inLiberty Canyon, we will take the Los Virgenes trail throughwoodlands/ grasslands; before connecting to the Phantom Trailand a stiff climb to the ridge. From here we will enjoy views of Malibu State Park, a glimpse of the ocean, and the expansive East Asian type skyline. Then it's down the other side, across Mulholland Drive, and into Malibu Creek State Park. We will hike the old 20th Century Fox property to the south end of Century Lake/ Dam (out and back), catching some shade under the redwoods along the lake shore.

We will then take the Forest Trail back along the north end of the lake to a shady picnic area for a snack. Here, between bites you can visit the adjacentrock poolsarea, climb some of the rocks (see below)or just check out the rock climbers on their ropes.

After snacking, we complete the loop back along the park's creek bed, turning up Radar's *MASH* chopper meadow and eventually back to the trailhead.

LOTS of variety here throughout the day !!

We have seendeer, coyotes, water birds andflocks of wild parrots on previous visits. The hike ismainly single track trails withsome fireroads/ riverwalks. Due to the distance, we willbe keeping a decent pace, especially on the flat.

Century Lake and Dam

Carpooling from Santa Clarita Valley :

Meet the leader at Towsley Canyon, outside the gate at 7:15AM for a 7:30 AM SHARP departure to the trailhead.

Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas.

Alternatively, meet near the Malibu S.P. Trailhead:

Take the 405 Fwy South to 101 Fwy North and exit at Las Virgenes. Turn left on Las Virgenes. After a few miles, turn right at the light for Mulholland Hwy andget ready to stop (if you pass the sign for the entrance to the State Park, you wenttoo far). On Mulholland Hwy, there is parking on the dirt shoulders on both sides of the road, please watch for traffic!

Meet your leader:

( On this occassion, 26990 Mulholland Hwy in Google maps will get you to exactly where we are meeting ).

We will meet and go through an opening in the fenceon the RIGHT (North) side of Mulholland Hwyleading tothe "North Grasslands trail" to begin the hike. We will leave the trailhead at 8:30AM sharp!!

Bring: Plenty of water (3 litersrecommended), electrolytes (e.g. Gatorade). Sunscreen, hat, lunch/ snacks, hiking poles (helpful on the uphill portion), and a camera.Wear layered clothing in case it starts out cold and gets hot. Wearboots with lots of tread.

Adventure Pass: Not required.

Dogs: Sorry -they are not allowed in Malibu Cyn SP.

Leader: Steve

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