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Hiking Distance: 4.6 Miles Round Trip Hiking Time: 2.5 Hours Configuration: Out-And-Back Elevation Gain: 700 Feet Difficulty: Moderate Exposure: Exposed With Shaded Pockets Dogs: Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Malibu Beach Tom Harrison Maps: Malibu Creek State Park Trail Map

The Calabasas-Cold Creek Trail (Also Known As The Secret Trail) Is A Multi¬Use Trail That Winds Up The Mountain From Mulholland Highway To The Calabasas Peak Motorway. Ascending From The Northwest, The 1.5-Mile Connector Path Weaves Through Grasslands, Chaparral, Oak Woodland, Riparian Willow, And Volcanic Rock Formations.

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This Hike Leads Through This Diverse Area To The 2,163-Foot Summit Of Calabasas Peak. The Trail Offers Outstanding Vistas Into Red Rock Canyon, Cold Creek Canyon, Old Topanga Canyon, And Across The San Fernando Valley To The San Gabriel Mountains. En Route, The Trail Passes Multi-Colored Sandstone Formations, Winds Through Shaded Ravines With Scrub Oak Groves, And Climbs Chaparral-Covered Slopes To The Ridge.

To The Trailhead

From Santa Monica, Drive 12 Miles Northbound On The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 To Malibu Canyon Road. Turn Right And Drive 6.5 Miles To Mulholland Highway. Turn Right And Continue 5.8 Miles To The Signed Trailhead On The Right. Park In The Pullouts Alongside The Road.

From The Ventura Freeway/Highway 101 In Calabasas, Exit On Las Virgenes Road. Head 3.1 Miles South To Mulholland Highway. Turn Left And Continue 5.8 Miles To The Signed Trailhead On The Right. Park In The Pullouts Alongside The Road.

The Hike

Pass The Trailhead Sign And Climb The Mountain Slope. Enter A Forest Of Mature Oak Trees, Then Return To The Open Grassy Hillside. Weave Along The Foothills And Enter An Oak Forest Again. Cross A Stream And Continue Above And Parallel To Mulholland Highway. Curve Left, Away From The Road, And Leave The Forest. Steadily Head Upward To Great Mountain Views. Top A Ridge To A Close-Up

View Of Calabasas Peak. Drop Down Into A Canyon With Eroded Sandstone Outcroppings. Walk Over Slab Rock And Cross The Canyon. Climb The South Canyon Wall, Walking Among Additional Weather-Carved Rock Formations. At 1.5 Miles, The Trail Ends At A T-Junction With The Calabasas Peak Motorway. The Left Fork Leads 1.4 Miles To Old Topanga Canyon Road (Hike 86).

To Ascend Calabasas Peak, Bear Right On The Dirt Fire Road And Head South. From The Trail Are Expansive Views Across The Mountains To The Ocean. Follow The Serpentine Path Uphill, With Alternating East And West Views. Just Before The Crest Of The Road, A Footpath To The Summit Veers Sharply To The Right. The Calabasas Peak Motorway Continues Straight, Leading 1.7 Miles Down To Stunt Road (Hike 88). Leave The Fire Road And Switchback To The Right. Follow The Ridge 0.2 Miles, Bending Left To The 2,163-Foot Summit In A Low Thicket Of Chaparral. At The Peak Is A Rock Cairn, Survey Pin, And 360-Degree Vistas.

To Mulholland Drive And Ventura Freeway

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Hiking Distance: 4 Miles Round Trip Hiking Time: 2 Hours Configuration: Out-And-Back Elevation Gain: 900 Feet Difficulty: Easy To Moderate Exposure: Exposed Dogs: Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Malibu Beach Topanga State Park Map Tom Harrison Maps: Malibu Creek State Park Trail Map

Calabasas Peak Towers Over Red Rock Canyon, Old Topanga Canyon, And Bowl-Shaped Cold Creek Canyon. The Route To The 2,163-Foot Peak Follows The Calabasas Peak Motorway, A Graded Fire Road. The Vehicle-Restricted Road Crosses The Head Of Red Rock Canyon Past Magnificent Geological Formations, Including Large, Weathered Sandstone Outcroppings And Tilted Sandstone Slabs With Long Ribs. Along The Trail Are Spectacular 360-Degree Vistas Into The Surrounding Canyons And The San Fernando Valley.

Calabasas Peak Motorway

From Santa Monica, Drive 12 Miles Northbound On The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 To Malibu Canyon Road. Turn Right And Drive 6.5 Miles To Mulholland Highway. Turn Right And Continue 4 Miles To Stunt Road. Turn Right Again And Drive One Mile To The Pullout On The Right.

From The Ventura Freeway/Highway 101 In Calabasas, Exit On Las Virgenes Road. Head 3 Miles South To Mulholland Highway. Turn Left And Go 4 Miles To Stunt Road. Turn Right And Drive One Mile To The Pullout On The Right.

The Hike

Cross Stunt Road And Walk 20 Yards Downhill To The Trailhead On The Right. Walk Up The Unpaved Fire Road Past The Gate. The Trail Zigzags Up The Mountain To A Junction At 0.7 Miles On A Saddle At The Head Of Red Rock Canyon. The Right Fork Heads Into Red Rock Canyon (Hike 89). Continue Straight Ahead To The North Along The Cliff’S Edge, Passing Large Eroded Sandstone Slabs While Overlooking Red Rock Canyon. As Calabasas Peak Comes Into View, The Trail Curves Sharply To The Right, Circling The Peak Along An Eastern Ridge. From The Ridge Are Views Into Old Topanga Canyon To The Northeast. Just Past The Crest Of The Road, A Narrow Footpath Veers Off To The Left. Follow The Ridge 0.2 Miles, Bending Left To The Rounded 2,163-Foot Summit. At The Chaparral-Covered Peak Is A Rock Cairn, Survey Pin, And 360- Degree Vistas.

The Calabasas Peak Motorway Continues 2.5 Miles North To Old Topanga Canyon Road (Hike 86) And Mulholland Highway (Hike 87).

Red Rock Canyon From Calabasas Peak Motorway Cold Creek-Red Rock Canyon Calabasas Malibu

Hiking Distance: 4 Miles Round Trip Hiking Time: 2 Hours Configuration: Out-And-Back Elevation Gain: 700 Feet

Difficulty: Easy Exposure: Exposed Dogs: Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Malibu Beach Tom Harrison Maps: Malibu Creek State Park Trail Map Tom Harrison Maps: Topanga State Park Trail Map

Red Rock Canyon Is A Beautiful, Multicolored Canyon That Looks Similar To The Canyons In The Southwest. Huge Weather-Sculpted Red Sandstone Formations And Conglomerate Rocks Dominate A Landscape That Is Dotted With Oaks And Sycamores. Shell Fossils Can Be Spotted In The Eroded Rocks, Shallow Caves, Overhangs, And Arches. The Riparian Canyon Is A Wildlife Corridor Connecting Topanga State Park And Malibu Creek State Park. The Trail Follows The First Portion Of The Calabasas Peak Motorway A Graded Fire Road To The Head Of Red Rock Canyon.

To The Trailhead

From Santa Monica, Drive 12 Miles Northbound On The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 To Malibu Canyon Road. Turn Right And Drive 6.5 Miles To Mulholland Highway. Turn Right And Continue 4 Miles To Stunt Road. Turn Right Again And Drive One Mile To The Pullout On The Right.

From The Ventura Freeway/Highway 101 In Calabasas, Exit On Las Virgenes Road. Head 3 Miles South To Mulholland Highway. Turn Left And Go 4 Miles To Stunt Road. Turn Right And Drive One Mile To The Pullout On The Right.

The Hike

Cross Stunt Road And Walk 20 Yards Downhill To The Trailhead On The Right. Walk Up The Unpaved Fire Road Past The Gate. The Trail Zigzags Up The Mountain To A Junction At 0.7 Miles On A Saddle At The Head Of Red Rock Canyon. The Trail Straight Ahead To The North Leads To Calabasas Peak (Hike 88).

Take The Right Fork To The East, And Descend Into Red Rock Canyon. Continue Downhill, Skirting The Base Of The Imposing Rock Walls. At 1.4 Miles, The Dirt Road Reaches A Posted Junction In An Oak Grove Beneath Towering Sandstone Rock. The Road Continues A Half Mile Straight Ahead To Red Rock Road (Hike 90). For This Hike, Take The Footpath To The Left. Cross A Small Stream And Walk Up Wooden Steps To The Base Of Additional Formations. Curve Up The Draw, Crossing A Seasonal Stream To 360-Degree Vistas Of The Rock Formations And Surrounding Mountains. With Every Step, New Formations And Different Angles Of The Gorgeous Rocks Come Into View. Climb The Spine Of The Mountain While Being Frequently Distracted By The Visuals. The Maintained Trail Ends Among Sandstone Rocks That Sit Atop A 1,500-Foot Knoll On The North Rim. Fifty Yards Beyond The Knoll Is A Fork. The Left Branch Climbs To Another Knoll, Then The Path Narrows And Is Overgrown With Vegetation. The Right Fork Descends Into An Adjoining Canyon To The North, With An Additional Display Of Red Rock Outcrops. The Path To The North Ends At Zuniga Road.

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