San Vicente Mountain Park (aka Nike Missile Base) offers stunning 360-degree views, access to a large network of hiking trails, and makes the perfect location for watching 4th of July fireworks over the San Fernando Valley and across the Los Angeles Basin to the ocean.  The park also provides a glimpse into United States military history.  Numerous self-guided interpretive displays explain how from 1956-1968, San Vicente Mountain was one of sixteen Los Angeles area Nike-Ajax supersonic anti-aircraft missile launch sites

The original radar tower will provide us with spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Encino Reservoir, San Fernando Valley, and the Los Angeles Basin. It is one of the region’s premiere locations to watch a Western sunset.

Here are some pics from previous excursions – click to enlarge

 

This is an easy-to-moderate 5-mile loop with 600 feet of net elevation gain (about 750 total) makes for an excellent hike along and around Mandeville Canyon and its ridges.

Please no white flashlights, headlamps, etc. If you want to bring some light (not required/optional) use a green or red light. Here are some cheap and fun solutions. Buy one today — green is the best

See http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=54 for park info

Bring food/snacks and drink to share — we’ll hike them to the top.

There are facilities at San Vicente Mountain Park including bathrooms, picnic tables, water and trash cans.

Map of Hike

Here is a map of our hike. Click, print and bring it with you

Directions to Trailhead

From Sunset Boulevard, 2.3 miles west of the 405 freeway, head north on Mandeville Canyon Road. Drive 4.8 miles, and turn left onto Garden Land Road. The trailhead is at end of road.

Parking Tip: There probably won’t be any parking available on Garden Land because its a very short residential street, so park on west side of Mandeville as close to the corner as possible

There are neighborhood homes around the trailhead, please keep noise to a minimum…..until hike starts 😉

Trivia: Did you know Mandeville Canyon Rd is reputed to be the longest paved dead-end road in Los Angeles

No Dogs

The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Meetup.com Terms of Service.

Don’t forget to join our FB group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingwithdean/

The Details

We’ll begin at the Secret Trail (aka the Calabasas-Cold Creek Trail) and wind our way through shaded ravines, dense chaparral and sandstone outcrops until we reach Calabasas Peak Motorway. Here we throw away the hiking book (I lose so many books this way) and instead of taking the Motorway to Calabasas Peak, we’ll go off-trail along some use trails. We’ll not only bag the peak, but we’ll also circumnavigate it along an old overgrown trail.

Optional: There are a lot of giant sandstone slabs and other formations to explore, but not required. Members who like rock climbing are encouraged to do so, the rest of us will take pictures

Calabasas Peak (2163 ft) towers over Red Rock Canyon, Old Topanga Canyon and bowl-shaped Cold Creek Canyon. From the top there are spectacular views into Ventura County, the Pacific Ocean and San Fernando and Simi valleys.

Hike is 4.7 miles with about 1,200 feet total gain. We’ll have our snack break at this hidden cistern. Don’t drink the water hee hee

Dogs ok

No beginners

Post Hike Lunch

Post hike lunch at Maria’s Italian Kitchen in El Camino shopping center at 23331 Mulholland Dr. Its to the left of Wells Fargo

Directions

The trail head is located on Mulholland Hwy less than a fifth of a mile west of Dry Canyon Cold Creek Road.

Note that on the Meetup map there is a red and a gold pinpoint. Aim for the gold one See my interactive map (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1l1EEA8jjzl0sxbC5G_PfLVDodp4&usp=sharing)

Coordinates: 34.12666, -118.65748 (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1l1EEA8jjzl0sxbC5G_PfLVDodp4&usp=sharing)

From the 101 freeway in Agoura/Calabasas, head South on Las Virgenes Road to Mulholland Hwy. Turn Left on Mulholland and continue 5.7 miles to a small parking area on the right. or….

From 101 Ventura Fwy in the Vally: take Valley Circle/Mulholland Dr exit south, turn right on Valmar Rd (becomes Old Topanga Cyn Rd) then right on Mulholland Hwy 2.1 miles to the parking area on the left.

From PCH take Topanga Canyon and turn left up Old Topanga. Take a left at Mulholland Hwy for a couple miles and then turn left onto turnout. If you are coming up Malibu Canyon take a right at Mulholland for 5.7 miles

Park off-pavement. There is overflow parking 500′ south (“west”) across the street next to the house. Click for map (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zj-8HsFWf0b8.k4q5XWXamcxQ&usp=sharing)

Bring at least 2 qts water, snacks, sunscreen.

Important

The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Meetup.com Terms of Service.

Don’t forget to join our FB group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingwithdean/

The Details

We’ll begin at the Secret Trail (aka the Calabasas-Cold Creek Trail) and wind our way through shaded ravines, dense chaparral and sandstone outcrops until we reach Calabasas Peak Motorway. Here we throw away the hiking book (I lose so many books this way) and instead of taking the Motorway to Calabasas Peak, we’ll go off-trail along some use trails. We’ll not only bag the peak, but we’ll also circumnavigate it along an old overgrown trail.

Optional: There are a lot of giant sandstone slabs and other formations to explore, but not required. Members who like rock climbing are encouraged to do so, the rest of us will take pictures

Calabasas Peak (2163 ft) towers over Red Rock Canyon, Old Topanga Canyon and bowl-shaped Cold Creek Canyon. From the top there are spectacular views into Ventura County, the Pacific Ocean and San Fernando and Simi valleys.

Hike is 4.7 miles with about 1,200 feet total gain. We’ll have our snack break at this hidden cistern. Don’t drink the water hee hee

Dogs ok

No beginners

Post Hike Lunch

Post hike lunch at Maria’s Italian Kitchen in El Camino shopping center at 23331 Mulholland Dr. Its to the left of Wells Fargo

Directions

The trail head is located on Mulholland Hwy less than a fifth of a mile west of Dry Canyon Cold Creek Road.

Note that on the Meetup map there is a red and a gold pinpoint. Aim for the gold one See my interactive map (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1l1EEA8jjzl0sxbC5G_PfLVDodp4&usp=sharing)

Coordinates: 34.12666, -118.65748 (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1l1EEA8jjzl0sxbC5G_PfLVDodp4&usp=sharing)

From the 101 freeway in Agoura/Calabasas, head South on Las Virgenes Road to Mulholland Hwy. Turn Left on Mulholland and continue 5.7 miles to a small parking area on the right. or….

From 101 Ventura Fwy in the Vally: take Valley Circle/Mulholland Dr exit south, turn right on Valmar Rd (becomes Old Topanga Cyn Rd) then right on Mulholland Hwy 2.1 miles to the parking area on the left.

From PCH take Topanga Canyon and turn left up Old Topanga. Take a left at Mulholland Hwy for a couple miles and then turn left onto turnout. If you are coming up Malibu Canyon take a right at Mulholland for 5.7 miles

Park off-pavement. There is overflow parking 500′ south (“west”) across the street next to the house. Click for map (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zj-8HsFWf0b8.k4q5XWXamcxQ&usp=sharing)

Bring at least 2 qts water, snacks, sunscreen.

Important

The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Meetup.com Terms of Service.

The Columbia Sportswear’s footwear product creation team has asked me to lead a hike for them. They are flying down from Portland to get some consumer insights and to better understand what someone might be looking for in an urban hike where they might go out for lunch afterward. Come to the hike with an open mind as they will be asking some of you questions about what goes into picking what you wear on certain hikes.

We’ll be doing the Eagle Rock — Musch Loop in a counter-clockwise direction.

We’ll start outside of Trippet Ranch on a neighborhood trail connecting us to the East Topanga Fireroad.  As we head up a grassy ridge and connect with Eagle Springs Fire Road  expansive views of the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Ynez Canyon and a slice of the Pacific  Ocean will begin to emerge. Soon the  looming Eagle Rock comes into view

Eagle Rock, the most impressive landmark in all of Topanga State Park, will afford us an airy perch overlooking the upper watershed of Santa Ynez Canyon and the ocean beyond. We will eat, drink and explore on this impressive sandstone rock covered with crevices and caves. Here are some pics of the rock from previous hikes (click to enlarge):

 

On our return trip we’ll descend along the twists and turns of the Musch Trail and through sun-baked, fragrant chaparral. After passing the trail-side Musch Campground, we’ll find ourselves contouring around a couple of ravines under the shade of oak and laurel trees, until the Musch Meadows open before us. After crossing the meadow we will hook up with the Backbone Trail which leads us to the final segment of the hike on the 92 Trail, and our cars.

Here are some pics along the Musch Trail from previous hikes (click to enlarge):

 

Post hike lunch down the street at Canyon Bistro (120 N. Topanga Canyon Bl.) https://www.canyonbistrotopanga.com/

Visit the Columbia Sportswear Store on Amazon

Directions to Trail Head

From Topanga Canyon Boulevard, turn east on Entrada Road; that’s to the left if you are coming from the San Fernando Valley. Follow Entrada Road by turning left at every opportunity until you arrive at Topanga State Park.

Park on street before the left turn into park. We will meet on the corner

Los Toros in Chatsworth WAS a regular post-hike lunch venue for our group’s Chatsworth hikes. For the last few years its been one to avoid, Gordon Ramsay agrees…

From TV Guide – Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell On Wheels” travels to Los Toros, a decades-old Mexican restaurant located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. After intense investigation and surveillance, Chef Ramsay and his team discover an over-worked owner, buried in astronomical debt that’s taking tolls on his health. Ramsay will try to bring this failing restaurant back from the brink of disaster—all in just 24 hours.

Here is a preview

Watch it on Amazon Prime

Gordon Ramsay at Los Toros in Chatsworth

Airdate: Wednesday 20 February 2019 at 8.00pm on FOX.

Season 2, Episode 8