Hiking the Santa Monica’s


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Santa MonicaWith all the snow in the ANF limiting our options, Zé decided to plan a hike in the Santa Monica mountains. Here we didn’t have to fear ice, snow, or cold. The only thing missing though are the substantial gains found in the ANF and San Gabriel front range. Our destination, Saddle and Calabasas Peaks.

We started at Red Rock Canyon and headed up along the fire road until we got to the split. We made a right here and headed up to Saddle Peak. The road leads all the way up to Saddle Peak which has a pretty good incline, but is otherwise a not too exciting route. You can take the ridge up to Saddle Peak or skip it and take a small shortcut up which cuts a good 50′ or so of incline.

The markerHanging bootsStacking the top


After Saddle Peak we followed the road back to the saddle and headed up the ridge which takes you all the way to the Lois Ewen Overlook. But the ridge was pretty fun. Decent incline with a good variation of trail and rock hopping. We continued up a good ways until we got to “make out” peak. Here we had lunch and just generally sat around and chatted.

Walking to lunchPart of the groupOur destination is the peak to the right

From Make Out peak, we followed the trail a short ways until we got back to a fire road. This fire road connected to an actual road where there were a bunch of cars and motorcyclists hanging about.

The OverlookSeeing what's out thereWheelie

We took the road down about 50 yards and then took the Saddle Peak Trail. This trail leads all the way up to Saddle Peak and the towers which I feared would have exposed me to harmful radiation.

The towersChecking out the view2nd break

From here it was pretty much downhill. We took another trail back down to complete the loop. We also ran into a bunch of JROTC members from UCLA going over skirmish exercises along the trail. This was not really a normal sight along the trails.

We followed the fire road back down and along the way we did a little rock maneuvering up about 50 feet above the road. This was a pretty nice way to end the hike. Once back at the car, we decided to have dinner at Abuelitas

Check out Zé’s trip report for videos and more pictures.

More reviews from the hikers there.

More photos from the day.

Elevation Profile
Speed Profile

# Latitude Longitude Elevation Distance Time Avg
Speed
1 N 34° 06' 14.91" W 118° 37' 41.45" 283 m 0.000 mi 0s -
2 N 34° 06' 17.49" W 118° 38' 20.50" 334 m 1.005 mi 30m 20s 1.99 mph
3 N 34° 06' 09.30" W 118° 39' 00.41" 468 m 1.000 mi 22m 10s 2.71 mph
4 N 34° 06' 45.43" W 118° 39' 07.03" 644 m 0.999 mi 36m 50s 1.63 mph
5 N 34° 06' 17.56" W 118° 39' 03.06" 498 m 0.999 mi 26m 50s 2.23 mph
6 N 34° 05' 48.32" W 118° 38' 26.03" 656 m 0.999 mi 34m 30s 1.74 mph
7 N 34° 05' 21.72" W 118° 38' 13.69" 756 m 1.002 mi 54m 11s 1.11 mph
8 N 34° 04' 48.79" W 118° 38' 52.33" 727 m 1.000 mi 27m 20s 2.19 mph
9 N 34° 04' 33.61" W 118° 39' 28.75" 832 m 1.001 mi 45m 30s 1.32 mph
10 N 34° 05' 00.03" W 118° 39' 30.71" 683 m 0.995 mi 22m 00s 2.71 mph
11 N 34° 05' 14.15" W 118° 39' 24.82" 560 m 1.007 mi 22m 20s 2.71 mph
12 N 34° 05' 34.51" W 118° 39' 14.36" 407 m 0.995 mi 21m 30s 2.78 mph
13 N 34° 05' 43.68" W 118° 39' 04.21" 401 m 1.008 mi 29m 30s 2.05 mph
14 N 34° 06' 09.73" W 118° 38' 42.37" 396 m 0.993 mi 20m 20s 2.93 mph
15 N 34° 06' 25.57" W 118° 38' 04.61" 324 m 1.003 mi 33m 11s 1.81 mph
16 N 34° 06' 15.20" W 118° 37' 42.15" 306 m 0.618 mi 14m 59s 2.47 mph
      Summary 4678 ft 14.624 mi 7h 21m 31s 1.99 mph

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