Sandstone Peak – Mishe Mokwa Trail

The Mishe Mokwa – Backbone Trail Loop with side trips to Sandstone Peak and Tri-Peaks.  Awesome views and many cool landmarks, natural and man made.

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SDC10969     SDC10970   I started out at around 7:30 a.m.  After a short climb I took the trail junction to the left to start the loop.

SDC10973     SDC10974   I turned on to the spur trail and headed up these stairs which lead up to Sandstone Peak.

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Not quite to the top yet.  Photo 1 faces the Conejo Valley.  Photo 2 looks up at the rocky peak.

SDC10985     SDC10989     SDC10988   There is a short bit of scrambling.  When I reached the top I found a built in “mail slot” that holds a register and a plaque.

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I pulled myself up for the view from the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains range.  Looking toward the ocean.

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Two more shots from Sandstone Peak, to the left and the the right.

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I backtracked back to the main trail.  The rock formations in this area are amazing.  The photo on the right shows Tri-Peaks, I believe.

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SDC11001     SDC11003   The trail to Tri-Peaks is a bit nasty with large rocks and sharp yucca plants.

SDC11007     SDC11008   I wasn’t quite sure what to do next.  I was looking for some caves.  I started at the bottom, shown in photo 1, and worked my way to the top, shown in photo 2.

SDC11011   View from the top.  I didn’t find any caves.  I’m not sure I was in the right place.  I backtracked to the main trail again.  As the trail curves to the right it becomes Mishe Mokwa Trail.

SDC11014     SDC11019   Wildflowers on the trail

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Right before the trail crosses a stream and begins a steep climb, it comes to a shady spot with a picnic table and this giant boulder known as Split Rock.

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Walking through Split Rock

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On the way up I passed Echo Cliffs and the crazy looking 40-foot boulder Balanced Rock which sits abovethe cliffs.  If you look closely you can see some climbers descending Echo Cliffs.

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Awesome day!

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