Moderately paced 4 mile 600’ gain hike on Rising Sun Trail to Tropical Terrace (Roberts Ranch) and Solstice Canyon Falls, then back along the canyon through oak and walnut groves by the stream. Meet 8:30 AM at parking lot kiosk. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Las Virgenes Rd/Malibu Canyon exit, go south to Pacific Coast Hwy. From Malibu Canyon Rd intersection, go west on Pacific Coast Hwy 2¼ miles, turn inland on Corral Canyon Rd (at 76 Station), drive ¼ mile to park entrance, and continue on paved park road to parking lot at end. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.
The newly completed Backbone Trail winds 67 miles through the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. On the fourth section we’ll start at the Encinal Canyon Rd trailhead parking area and pass through Trancas Canyon, Upper Zuma Canyon and Newton Canyon, before ending at the Latigo Canyon Rd trailhead.
MODERATE 8 miles with an elevation gain of 1,844 ft. and loss of 300 ft.
We will meet at Latigo Canyon Rd trailhead at 9:00 a.m. From here we will shuttle to Encinal Canyon trailhead.
Directions Southbound to Latigo Cyn Trailhead : From PCH, head north on Latigo Canyon Rd and take it for 7.2 miles. Park in the large dirt parking lot to the right of the road about .4 miles past mile marker 3.66 (and before mile marker 3.02).
Directions Northbound to Latigo Cyn Trailhead : From Hwy101, exit at Kanan Rd and take it south for 6.6 miles. Half a mile after crossing Mulholland Hwy, turn left onto Latigo Canyon Rd and continue south for another 3 miles. Shortly after passing mile marker 3.02, park in the large dirt parking lot to the left.
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Bring layers, water, lunch, sun protection, and the other 10 essentials
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A recurring 1st Saturday of the month hike from 9:00am – 11:00am. It’s an easy-moderate hike that meets at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center at 9:00am. AS we are hiking, we will be “filmmakers” talking about the movie we’re making. We’ll see how others have long used Franklin Canyon as a filming location — including classic movies from the 30s to today’s TV shows — pointing out Franklin Canyon’s chaparral, riparian and woodland environments that can stand in for many places outside of Los Angeles and around the world. Rain cancels–mist doesn’t count. 🙂
Docent is a longtime film enthusiast, movie industry executive who loves to share her passion of films.
Hike on some less familiar trails on this moderately paced 8 mile 1500’ gain hike including Phantom Trail, Cistern Trail, Lookout Trail, Grassland Trail and Liberty Canyon Trail. Meet 8 AM at Liberty Canyon trailhead. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Liberty Canyon Rd, exit 34, south 0.8 mile to end, and park on west side of street. Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, sturdy hiking footwear, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.
Moderately paced 8 – 10 mile hike into northern Topanga State Park. Meet 8 AM at Caballero Canyon trailhead in Tarzana (from 101 Ventura Fwy take Reseda Blvd, exit 23, go south 2 miles to east side across from Braemar Country Club entrance). Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, sturdy hiking footwear, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.