Summary: This pleasant hike gives you a good aerobic workout, with a moderate but steady uphill trek for a little less than 2 miles to the summit of Calabasas Peak. The views along the way are wonderful. As the hike starts, off to the left are grand vistas of the Santa Monica mountains across a lovely small valley. Over the crest, Red Rock Canyon comes into view on the right. As you ascend to the peak, along the right are spectacular tilted and pocketed sandstone formations set against the beautiful green mountains. Along the way, there are a number of interesting rock formations that you can scramble out on (carefully) for some great views. A very enjoyable hike.
Trailhead: From the 101 Freeway in Calabasas, exit on Las Virgines Road and head south for 3 miles to Mulholland Highway. Turn left and continue 4 miles to Stunt Road. Turn right and drive one mile to the pullout on the right. Cross stunt road and walk a hundred feet down hill to a unpaved fire road with a gate. This is the trail head. (Lat:34.09482 Lon:-118.649)
Trail Guides for Calabasas Peak:
Day Hikes Around Los Angeles
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books, Inc.)
Afoot & Afield In Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes
Ranger Contact: Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy (310) 589-3200
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Nancy on 10/24/2010
Great, moderate uphill hike with stunning views of interesting rock formations to the right and left and along the fire road on the ground. Would recommend a cloudy day like today, because in the sun it could be too hot. Took 1.5 hours to get up with a few breaks and a 10 min lunch. 45 mins to get back down.
Reviewed by howard on 7/21/2010
21:24 up, 12:00 down. 33:24 car to summit to car, warm after work run.... followed by a run up to the top of the Stunt High Trail to the Backbone connector and back adding another 50 minutes to the fine run finishing in crepuscular light
Reviewed by Gary on 7/21/2010
25 min up, 14 min down. 39 min car to summit to car. Foggy morning.
Reviewed by Francis on 1/16/2010
My Wife and I hiked it on January 16th. It was a great hike, easy to do with a light backpack on. The hike is full of great vistas the entire time. It flattens off at the top, while the fire road continutes on, you can hike up a smaller path to a small peak. At the top you have the pacific/malibu, S.F. Valley, Calabasa Mountain Range and West L.A./Santa Monica all in a 360 view. Absolutely beautiful. The hike is short enough that you can watch the sunset through the mountain range and be back at your car, right before day light is completely gone.
Reviewed by Nick on 1/1/2010
Went on December 26 with my boys (18,16,14,12) and Dad (50+) brother (24) was a good work out, steady climb all the way up. No real challenges other than just going up to the peak, road is good took our dog (he loved it) a couple of big boulders with cave like dents to explore along the way and at the peak. Would recommend for a good close get away from city. P.S. after we decided to hike down to the river on the same side of the where we parked, not as challenging but beautiful scenery.
Reviewed by S.S. on 11/17/2009
Was out here last Saturday. Beautiful day for a hike. Trail was not crowded at all. The good bit of exercise to get to the top was rewarded by nice views. Had a great time bouldered across the sandstone slabs and descending the mountain off-trail. For photos and more: http://budurl.com/CalabasasPeak
Reviewed by David R. on 12/7/2008
I hiked it from Red Rock Canyon adding a little bit of distance but still took only 40 minutes to summit. Fire roads are never a big draw and the view is so-so. I didn't find the grade particularly steep. This is a hike for the winter time when you need a quick hour work-out.
Reviewed by Scott on 3/17/2008
Second time to the top today - clear but windy outside. Either this one is deceptively steep or I've worn out the tread on my hiking boots; had to take care on the downhill (especially the upper half of the descent) to keep from slipping. I did, however, continue my hike through Cold Creek Preserve after the Calabasas Peak Trail; it was a welcome addition, and much milder grade. :)
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