Summary: This hike includes some wonderful sculptured sandstone formations in colors ranging from chalk white to a dark red. Many of the formations have caves and arches. You can scramble part way up many of the rocks if you are careful. The first half of the hike has spectacular views of the Santa Monica mountains to the south, as well as Red Rock Canyon to the north. Once you drop into the canyon, the trail meanders amongst the lovely formations. The end point of the hike is at an overlook with a couple of signposts. Return the way you came.
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 Red Rock Canyon:
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 VU on 9/15/2010
a great hike. unfortunately there was a rattlesnake about a quarter of the hike in so had to turn around. great views. will definitely go back in a week or two.
Reviewed by Austin on 8/15/2010
This park is such a little gem. Great hiking in this part of the mountains. www.hikespeak.com/trails/red-rock-canyon/
Reviewed by Michele on 1/28/2010
I took my 10 year old daughter and our dog. We had a wonderful hike, but I beleive we also went the more strenuous route - to the left of the "Y" at the bench. Great workout that way, but next time I think my dog and daughter would appreciate a little less incline. Also, best on a cooler day as there is no shade and you work up some heat climbing the left path. We will definitely try this one again.
Reviewed by Lacy Schneider on 11/6/2009
Great place to go for a day hike. Collecting is illegal without a permit, so please do not collect the rocks, plants, etc... Help protect our natural resources by keeping them in "nature."
Reviewed by Viewer on 5/31/2008
Little kids love the caves. Interesting topogrpahy.
Reviewed by KCL on 8/8/2007
Hiked on Tuesday, 7 August 2007. Very pleasant hike with some nice rock formations and interesting red sand, but nothing awe-inspiring. The trail continues on past the overlook (look for two small signs facing the other way); but it is very overgrown (sagebrush and the pointy yucca with the thin leaves)-- we followed it for about a 1/4 mile and didn't see anything interesting. The hike back has some great views and intersting rock formations that I didn't notice on the way in (and found the shell fossil on the way back); so pay attention heading back. The canyon and rocks provided alteranting sun and shade, but the slog up out of the canyon was mostly sun-exposed. There is a porta-potty at the turnout, which was nice.
Reviewed by bv on 5/27/2007
May 27, 2007 Good hike - good exercise. I think we took a wrong turn up the path - you come to a "Y" - we took the left (up the hill) and it was fairly strenuous the entire way. Of courrse, coming back down was a delight! A little hot in the mid-day. Probably would have been better if we arrived at 10AM or earlier. The rock formations are unique and interesting, but short of dazzling.
Reviewed by David on 1/29/2007
This one is best saved for a day without too much cloud cover. We went Saturday and it sprinkled on and off and I think the area would be much more vibrant in different conditions. The hike itself is pretty good, although I think going up to Calabasas Peak (1 mile up to top and 1 mile back down) was worth it for the view. In fact, I would recommend that over going down into the canyon, although that mile uphill to the peak is more strenuous than the canyon trail. This trail was not crowded (we saw about 15 people during the 2 1/2 hours on the canyon and peak portions of the trail on a Saturday morning).
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