Take-A-Hike: Saddle Peak - Saturday, 11/16, 10am

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Tony B

Nov 15, 2019, 6:14:46 PM11/15/19
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WHEN: Saturday, 11/16 - 10am 
WHERE: SADDLE PEAK - (Calabasas / Malibu)

This week we will explore the Graffiti platform, and the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains, but specifically climb up to one of the tallest peaks in the Santa Monica mountains. The views will be amazing!

The trailhead begins at a saddle in the Santa Monica Mountains 2,375 feet above the Pacific Ocean and three miles from the coast, the Backbone Trail crosses Stunt Road, creating a high trailhead for nearby destinations like Saddle Peak. The 4-5 mile round trip hike starts with a walk out to a Graffiti covered platform overlooking the valley, and then we hike to the summit which climbs just 450 feet above the roadway, but offers fantastic views of Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains.  The 2,805-foot Saddle Peak summit has an excellent view east toward Santa Monica Bay. Enjoy the panoramas and return the way you came. 

Dogs and bikes are not allowed on this trail. No fee or permit is required to hike to Saddle Peak.

To get to the trailhead:  (2 options) 
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 Rd. and take that for 1.8 miles to the intersection with Stunt Road. Turn left and park along the side of the road. The trailhead for Topanga Lookout is across from the trailhead for Saddle Peak so there will be likely be a few vehicles parked here.

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.

Trailhead address: Stunt Road & Schueren Road, Malibu, CA 90265
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