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This moderately graded ascent outside Topanga Village has some of the best views of the interior of the Santa Monica Mountains—and is a great place to watch the marine layer ﬂowing over the coastal peaks. There are fascinating caves and rock formations on display here and intriguing spur trails if you want to spend a bit more time exploring.
Calabasas Peak Professional Review and Guide
"This moderately graded ascent outside Topanga Village has some of the best views of the interior of the Santa Monica Mountains—and is a great place to watch the marine layer ﬂowing over the coastal peaks. There are fascinating caves and rock formations on display here and intriguing spur trails if you want to spend a bit more time exploring."
-- Casey Schreiner , Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books).
More Calabasas Peak Professional Reviews and Guides
"Once known as the Secret Trail, the Calabasas Cold Creek Trail has the feel of a remote backcountry path, while being only minutes from the Valley. The trail twists through scrub oak groves, chaparral, and sandstone towers, rising gradually until it ends at the Calabasas Peak Motorway. From there, less than a mile’s trek lands you atop the proud summit of Calabasas Peak."
--Deke Williams, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Fernando Valley (Falcon Guides).
"This area is close to many other popular mountain bike destinations in the Santa Monica Mountains, yet it doesn’t draw nearly as many fat-tire explorers. Perhaps fewer mountain bikers visit because it is somewhat hard to find, or maybe because it is still largely a secret. Red Rock Canyon offers a phenomenal area for mountain biking, with a unique red-sandstone-addled landscape, clean air, and singletrack that rivals any section of the Backbone Trail."
--Charles Patterson, Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Hike through the strange formations of Red Rock Canyon Park up to the high valley viewpoints of Calabasas Peak."
--Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel, Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"The Calabasas Peak Trail passes great geological formations. There are tilted sandstone slabs with ribs and large, weathered sandstone outcroppings. Along the trail are views into Red Rock Canyon, Cold Creek Canyon, and Old Topanga Canyon."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Los Angeles (Day Hike Books).
"Calabasas Peak (2,163 feet high) stands head and shoulders above neighboring summits and offers great clear-day views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Mountains. After a serious 1993 fire scorched the peak, the native chaparral recovered in truly remarkable fashion. These days the slopes are cloaked with laurel sumac, a six- to 12-foot evergreen shrub with smooth, reddish-brown bark. Also much in evidence along Calabasas Peak Trail is the humble, homely Santa Susana tarweed. In springtime, look for white and blue ceanothus blossoms, Indian paintbrush and Catalina Mariposa lily."
--John McKinney, Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster).
"The climb to Calabasas Peak should appeal to both exercise buffs and landscape photographers. The non-trivial gain and loss of elevation make a great workout, and the geologic formations passed along the way are some of the most photogenic in the Santa Monica Mountains."
--Jerry Schad , Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press).
"Serene hills and dramatic sandstone rock formations dominate the scenery of this uphill Santa Monica Mountains trail, which has an elevation gain of nearly 1,000 feet."
--Laura Randall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press).
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