Piuma Ridge Trail – Saddle Peak

My hike began with a series of false starts and confusion which left me wandering around just looking for a place to safely cross Malibu Canyon Road.  Once I crossed the road I found I had to walk down Piuma Road for about a quarter off a mile before the trail heads right and off into the woods.  I missed the poorly marked turn-off and had to backtrack.  Finally, after this late start, I embarked on what would be one of my more physically taxing hikes.

030     011   The area I was wandering around in at the start of my hike is quite beautiful – heavily wooded with a flowing creek.  Near the road I stumbled upon what looked to be a burned out old rangers’ quarters.  Interesting but creepy.

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I got going on Piuma Ridge Trail.  There’s lots of shade and moss covered rocks.

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The final part of Piuma Ridge Trail brought me down into the bottom of the canyon.

SDC12088     SDC12101     076   And then it’s uphill, a nearly 2,000 foot elevation gain in the next 4 1/2 miles.  If the trail wasn’t rocky like shown in photo 1, it was muddy and slick, a possible twisted ankle with each step.

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114     128     145   As I continued up the trail I found fields of boulders.  The closer I got to Saddle Peak the more boulders I found.

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Near Saddle Peak the trail winds between the rocks and crevices.  This is the highlight of the hike.

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Amazing rocks and views!

SDC12173   The antennae on top of Saddle Peak.

SDC12211   I made it back to my car just before darkness fell.

 

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