Sandstone Peak – Mishe Mokwa Trail Return
A year ago I began documenting my trips. To celebrate I headed back to trail that inspired me to carry a camera, Sandstone Peak – Mishe Mokwa Loop. I planned to change things up a bit with the highlight being a trek out to Balanced Rock on an unmaintained trail. More on that later. It was great to return to this area, my favorite in the Santa Monica Mountains.
I reach the stairs that lead up to Sandstone Peak. Photo 4 –
Four photos from the summit.
Tri-Peaks, I believe. There are caves to explore here. I’ll get to it someday.
I had to backtrack to find the side trail to Inspiration Point. The sign is very difficult to see if you are hiking in a clockwise direction. Photos 2 and 3 show the plaques on top of Inspiration Point.
Views from Inspiration Point
Photo 2 – Now back on the main trail, you can see the water towers in the middle of this photo, dwarfed by Exchange Peak. Photo 3 – As the afternoon approached the shade on Mishe Mokwa Trail was very welcome, and the reason I chose to hike in the direction I did.
Around the five mile mark is Split Rock with it’s flat shady area and single picnic table. A good place to rest and have some lunch.
Here is the trail that leads out to Balanced Rock – overgrown and loaded with poison oak. As I tried to make out the trail another hiker emerged to my right. He had lost the trail twice, coming and going, and seemed quite relieved to see another person. I chose to forgo this “trail” and come back a little better prepared – covered from head to toe and wielding a machete.
Here is a nice view of Echo Cliffs with Balanced Rock sitting above.
End of the hike. I hope to come back to this area every year.