Hiking Distance: 2.4 Miles Round Trip Hiking Time: 1.5 Hours Configuration: Out-And-Back Elevation Gain: 500 Feet Difficulty: Easy To Moderate
Exposure: Shaded Canyon Bottom And Exposed Hillside 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 Picturesque, Riparian Gorge With Sculptured Red Sandstone Formations And Conglomerate Rocks. The Uplifted And Tilted Outcroppings Are A Visual Treat. The Narrow Canyon Bottom Is Rich With Sycamore And Oak Trees, Creating A Stunning Contrast Of Red Rocks Rising Out Of The Lush Green Surroundings. The Canyon, Adjacent To Calabasas Peak, Is A Wildlife Corridor Linking Topanga State Park With Malibu Creek State Park.
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Red Rock Canyon Can Be Accessed From The West Via The Calabasas Peak Motorway Off Of Stunt Road (Hike 89) And From The East Via Red Rock Road Off Of Old Topanga Canyon Road (This Hike). The Trail Begins On A Fire Road Along The Cool Canyon Floor Beneath The Towering Weather-Carved Monoliths. The Hike Climbs The North Canyon Wall To Additional Formations And Overlooks.
To The Trailhead
From Santa Monica, Drive 4 Miles Northbound On The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 To Topanga Canyon Boulevard And Turn Right. Continue
4.2 Miles To Old Topanga Canyon Road On The Left. Turn Left And Drive 1.8 Miles Up Old Topanga Canyon Road To Red Rock Road On The Left. Turn Left And Drive 0.8 Miles On The Narrow, Winding Road To The Trailhead And Parking Area At The End Of The Road. A Parking Fee Is Required.
From The Ventura Freeway/Highway 101 In Woodland Hills, Exit On Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Drive 8 Miles South To Old Topanga Canyon Road On The Right. Turn Right And Continue 1.8 Miles Up Old Topanga Canyon Road To Red Rock Road On The Left. Turn Left And Drive 0.8 Miles On The Narrow, Winding Road To The Trailhead And Parking Area At The End Of The Road. A Parking Fee Is Required.
Walk Past The Trailhead Gate And Follow The South Side Of Red Rock Canyon. Wind Along The Old Dirt Road Besides Chaparral, Oaks, And Sycamores Among A Magnificent Display Of Cavernous Red Rock Formations And Walls Of Weather- Sculpted Conglomerates. A Short Side Path On The Left Detours To Massive Sandstone Formations With Weather-Carved Caves And Overhangs. At A Half Mile, The Dirt Road Reaches A Posted Junction In An Oak Grove Beneath Towering Sandstone Rock. The Road Continues 0.8 Miles Straight Ahead To The Calabasas Peak Motorway (Hike 89).
For This Hike, Take The Footpath To The Right. 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 Rock 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.
Red Rock Canyon Park Stunt Ranch-Cold Creek Valley Preserve
Hiking Distance: 2.5 Miles Round Trip Hiking Time: 1.5 Hours Configuration: Out-And-Back With Loop Elevation Gain: 300 Feet Difficulty: Easy Exposure: Exposed Dogs: Allowed
Maps: U.S.G.S. Malibu Beach Tom Harrison Maps: Malibu Creek State Park Trail Map
The Cold Creek Valley Preserve Sits In A Shallow Bowl Among Craggy Sandstone Peaks. It Is Home To A Wide Assortment Of Flowers And Plant Communities. Perennial Cold Creek Flows Through The Valley Preserve And Cold Creek Canyon. It Is One Of The Few Year-Round Streams In The Santa Monica Mountains. The Cold Creek Trail Leads To The 57-Acre Preserve, Parallel To The Creek. The Trail Meanders Through Riparian Woodlands And A Gently Rolling Grass Meadow. En Route, The Trail Crosses The Creek Three Times And Traverses The Hillside Under The Shade Of Oaks And Sycamores.
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.
Stunt Ranch- Cold Creek Valley Preserve
Take The Trail Southeast For A Short Distance, Parallel To Stunt Road. Curve Right And Cross Cold Creek. Just After Crossing, Watch For Native American Mortar Holes Ground Into The Sandstone Rocks On The Right. Chumash Indians Originally Lived In This Area And Formed These Holes While Grinding Acorns. Follow The Creek Downstream On The Cold Creek Trail, And Head Into The Oak- Shaded Corridor. Cross A Tributary Stream To A Junction With The Lower Stunt High Trail On The Left. Additional Ancient Mortar Holes Can Be Spotted On The Sandstone Boulder To The Left. The Left Fork Leaves The Riparian Canopy And Climbs Up The Hillside To Stunt Road. Continue Straight Staying On The Cold Creek Trail And Follow The Creek. Walk Northwest As The Path Rises And Returns To Cold Creek. Cross The Creek To A Junction At One Mile.
Begin The Half-Mile Yucca-Deer Grass Trail Loop Within The Cold Creek Valley Preserve. Take The Yucca Trail To The Right And Stroll Through The Chaparral. Cross A Small Drainage To A Fork. The Right Fork Leads 30 Yards To Stunt Road. Bear Left On The Deer Grass Trail, And Parallel Stunt Road Through A Meadow. Cross A Tributary Of Cold Creek And Curve Left. Climb Up And Over A Hill To A Junction With The Cold Creek Trail. The Right Fork Leads To Mckain Street. Go Left And Complete The Loop At 1.5 Miles. Stay To The Right And Retrace Your Steps.
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