Description: Join us for an evening hike marking the astronomical beginning of winter as it will be the shortest day and longest night of the year. Hike up a moderate trail at sunset, identifying plants and stopping at a spectacular viewpoint overlook to discuss seasonal changes, identify planets and constellations. Meet at Ranch House parking lot. Hiking in the Lower Franklin Canyon area. Hike will take approximately 2.5 hrs. Please come dressed for changing temperatures and bring water.
Parking lot address: 1936 Lake Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Parking lot coordinates: 34.106946, -118.415251
Explore and learn! Join us for a short 1-mile guided hike at Rancho Sierra Vista, led by a Park Ranger who will speak on the ranching history of this site!
This hike will feature occasional stops along the trail where we will learn about the different periods and people who helped shape Rancho Sierra Vista.
It is estimated that this hike should be approximately 1 hour in length to cover both the hike and the talk with plenty of time afterwards for any questions!
We will be meeting and ending at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center.
Moderately paced 5 mile, 800 ft gain hike up and down a chaparral canyon, with a wonderful view of WLA and the Pacific Ocean, and beside a lake in the midst of Beverly Hills. Meet 8:30 AM at Franklin Park/Ranch parking lot. From 101 Fwy take Coldwater Canyon south 2 1/2 miles where it crosses Mulholland Drive West. Make a 90º turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive (sign reads Road Closed 800 yrds) and enter park. Pass upper parking lot at nature center, continue veering right around lake. Turn right at stop sign at bottom of lake, drive ½ mile and veer left on Lake Drive. Follow to end and park. Warning: Stop at camera monitored stop signs in park or you will be ticketed. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.
Moderately paced 8 mile 1000 gain hike including Lookout Trail with great views, Century Lake, and Reagan picnic area. Meet 8:30 AM at Cornell & Mulholland dirt parking area (from 101 Ventura Fwy take Kanan Rd, exit 36, south mile, turn left on Cornell and veer to right continuing south 3 miles, past Paramount Ranch, to paved entrance of dirt parking area on east side of street just south of Mulholland Hwy). Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, sturdy hiking footwear, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.
Moderately paced 1700 gain 6 mile route (optionally 10 miles, 2500 gain) on Backbone Trail with great mountain and ocean views. Meet 8:30 am at Backbone Trailhead paved parking area on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Las Virgenes Rd exit and go approximately 4 miles south, passing Malibu Creek State Park. After passing Tapia Park and Piuma Rd, cross bridge over Malibu Creek and parking area is on the right. Or park on east side of street at Piuma Road in dirt parking area and be very careful crossing street to trailhead. Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, sturdy hiking footwear, hat, sunscreen, $ for parking lot. Rain cancels.
Our Sunday walks are easy, informative, and fun. No birdwatching expertise is required. Binoculars are (almost) a must — loaners are available if you contact the walk leader in advance. The Reserve contains a lake that is home to spectacular water birds and the Reserve hosts migrating birds as well as local residents.
More information, pictures, directions, accurate map, contacts at www.sfvaudubon.org/events.
Moderately paced 8 – 10 mile hike in northern Topanga State Park. Meet 8:30 AM at Caballero 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
Moderately paced 4 mile, 300 ft gain hike over Grasslands Trail to the Rock Pool and Century Lake. See the sites where many movies were shot. Meet 8:30 AM at Trailhead on Mulholland Hwy just west of Malibu Canyon and over bridge. Park along road. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Las Virgenes Rd/Malibu Canyon exit, go south 5 3/4 miles to Mulholland Hwy. Turn right, go over bridge and park. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.
Moderately paced 9 mile 1800 gain hike in scenic canyon and along ridge with great ocean, mountain and valley views. Meet 8:30 AM at trailhead, located on Old Topanga Canyon Rd 0.4 mile west of intersection with Topanga Canyon Blvd. Limited roadside parking, so ridesharing is suggested. Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, sturdy hiking footwear, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels