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Saturday Hike to Sandstone Peak!

The Weekday Trailblazers
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Sep 16 8:30AM - 11:30AM

This event is cross-posted on sUUnday morning hikers. Please RSVP on only one group.

Let's visit the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains! This is a repeat of the hike we did in April this year - what beautiful views we had! We'll be looping around the Backbone and Mishe Mokwa Trails for 6.5 miles, moving up approximately 1500' as we go, and breaking out onto a spur trail up to Inspiration Point, 3111' above sea level.

Early on, we'll pass Echo Cliffs, where rock climbers ascend sheer cliffs, a house sized boulder delicately balanced on a small rock beneath, a giant split rock, stunning giant sandstone formations, and breathtaking views from the top of Sandstone Peak.

The total distance will be around 6.5 miles with 1500 feet elevation gain/loss.

No dogs please.

Directions:

Directions to the Sandstone Peak Trailhead:
From Westlake Village, exit on Westlake Blvd (CA-23 South) from the 101 Freeway, and follow it south for several miles (approximately 7 miles) to stop sign for Mulholland West (Note: Westlake Blvd. will merge with Mulholland West before you reach the stop sign). At the stop sign, turn right onto Mulholland (West) for about 0.4 miles. Turn right onto Little Sycamore Canyon, which becomes Yerba Buena Road after 1.4 miles, for 4 1/2 miles to Sandstone Peak trailhead. The Sandstone Peak lot is on the right side of the road. Look for large Sandstone Peak sign. The parking lot is above Yerba Buena Road and there is a bathroom at the end of the parking lot. If you pass the Circle X Ranch, you went too far.

Alternately, from Pacific Coast Highway take Yerba Buena Road (near Neptune's Net) approximately 7 miles (passing the Circle X Ranch. Note: Sandstone Peak trailhead is approximately 1 mile from the Circle X Ranch). OR HWY 23 (Decker Cyn - 4 miles west of Point Dume), turn onto Mulholland and follow directions as shown above.

Note: This is a very slow driving route (narrow, with sharp turns) and will take 30 minutes from the 101 to the parking lot. Give yourself plenty of time. Cell reception is marginal (at best) up there, so we won't be waiting on any "I'm late" calls.

Do NOT leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead. DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:

The hike host and leader are volunteers 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 groups safety and fitness goals.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. Suunday Morning Hikers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.

This has not been a good year for hikers, with one death in Rose Valley in August, another on the Pantachaeta Trail this spring, and yet another on Mount Baldy during the winter. Every one of these hikers was experienced. Your personal safety should be your very first, and top concern and priority. Please make an honest assessment of your own ability, and plan and act accordingly.

If you choose to sign up for this or any Suunday Morning Hikers event, you are releasing the Suunday Morning Hikers Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

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

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