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Mishe Mokwa trail to Sandstone Peak and a loop back via Split Rock

Santa Clarita Community Hiking Club
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Apr 14 6:30AM - 1:00PM

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - Backbone trail to Sandstone Peak; then completing the Mishe Mokwa trail loop, via the Split Rock and Balanced Rock view.
NOTE: Read Carpool and hike times below carefully (due to Meet Up App changes)
***** RAIN OR SNOW FALLING AT THE TRAIL HEAD CANCELS ALL HIKES ******

Carpool: Meet in SCV at 6:30AM, details below.
Start Hike: Meet at Trailhead at 8:00AM, details below. Distance: ~ 7 miles, loop

Gain: ~ 1300' (cumulative, most of it in the first mile or so getting to Sandstone Peak)

Rating: Moderate + (for distance / gain - this is not one for Beginners, you need to be in good general condition to enjoy this hike).

Description: This is one of the most varied and beautiful loop hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation area, near the Boney Mountain State Wilderness. We will travel along the Mishe Mokwa and parts of the famous Backbone trails. We see many stunning giant sandstone and volcanic formations, and (depending on visibilty) take in some ocean views from the top of Sandstone Peak and Inspiration point.

"High"lights of the hike include a visit to Sandstone Peak (3111'), the highest peak in the Santa Monica mountains, also called Mt. Allen, and a view of Boney Peak (2825'). The 360 degree view from Mt Allen is not to be missed. From the highs we head to the lows of a shady creek area where, after snacking by the giant Split Rock, we head back to the trailhead. However, along the way, we get great views of the Balanced rock (a house sized boulder delicately balanced on a small rock beneath), and the spectacular Echo Cliffs, where we should see many rock climbers. We can see the valley stretching out to the South and depending on weather we should probably see some really nice wildflowers.

Bring: 2 - 3L water, plus some electrolytes, a lunch / snack, sunscreen, a hat and shoes with good tread, poles recommended. trail is rocky in places.

To carpool from Santa Clarita Valley (Towsley Canyon Parking lot):

Meet your hike leader at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall, CA, outside the gate at 6:30 AM to organize carpools. At 6:45 AM SHARP, we depart from Santa Clarita for the trailhead.

Alternatively, you can plan to meet the leader at the Sandstone Peak Trailhead by 8:00AM, details below. As always, we recommend carpooling. Please be respectful of your drivers support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas THX.

Directions to the Sandstone Peak trailhead from Santa Clarita Valley:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Sandstone+Peak+Trailhead/34.1115996,-118.92667/@34.1112088,-118.9291162,17z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x80e83b92592187f1:0xd4455f19e188b390!2m2!1d-118.9265646!2d34.111592!1m0!3e2
(This route is a tad longer but in fact faster / less stressful). Take 5 Freeway North from Towsley to the Newhall Ranch exit (CA-126, heading West toward Ventura).

Follow CA-126 W, 34.9 miles until Exit 5 from CA-126 W to merge on to CA-118 East, toward Saticoy. Continue until the road T's . Turn right on to Santa Clara Ave, which becomes Rice Ave and eventually merges into Route 1 (PCH) turning South.

Stay on PCH and pass Point Mugu Naval base on the right, until you are by the ocean. Follow PCH south until you see the Neptune Net Restaurant on the left and Yerba Buena Rd. next to it. Turn left, following Yerba Buena Rd up a very curvy 6.3 miles to the parking lot/bathrooms/picnic table for the Sandstone Peak Trailhead, on the left side of the road.
NOTE: For anyone that is susceptible to car sickness, we encourage you, to pop a Dramamine/ Bonine or drive yourself - Yerba Buena Road is a twister!

There are other ways to get to the trailhead but they are more complex and also very curvy.

Meet your Leader:

Meet at the Sandstone Peak Trailhead at 8:00AM to start up the trail at 8:15AM sharp.

Adventure Pass: Not Required.

Leader: Steve i.

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