Red Rock Canyon
This hike was great fun, loaded with spectacular mountain views, massive sandstone boulders and caves. I liked how the route is broken up into manageable chunks of 3/4 of a mile. A memorable day.
As I climbed up the trail I was able to pick out a lot of landmarks near the area, such as the tower that sits above Hondo Canyon. After months of hiking all around the Santa Monica Mountain range, I feel like I’m really getting the lay of the land.
The rocks and antennae at Saddle Peak
Photo 1 – Ladyface Mountain Photo 2 – The antennae on top of Castro Peak
Also in view, Malibu Creek State Park and Calabasas Peak
After a short but enjoyable trip up, I took the trail to the right and descended into the canyon. Photos 2 and 3 show a rock formation that looks like a heart.
Unusual looking boulders and slabs all over.
Off the trail and up a few man-made steps is this cool “screaming face” cave.
I continued on to the official end of the trail where there are a couple of houses, a porta-potty and a parking area. I pushed on toward Old Topanga Road and found some of the best and reddest rocks were being missed by those who don’t. For a 1/3 of a mile the road is dirt and a single lane. Watch out for traffic.
I turned and headed back to the halfway point of Red Rock Road where another trail, Red Rock Canyon Trail, took me up into the hills and right next to many amazing boulders. The trail itself is really rocky, less well maintained then the main trail but not a real problem.
The Great Ape