LA Inter-campus Hike to Sandstone Peak

Please join us Saturday, June 7th at 10:30AM as we join other LA-area postdocs on a hike to the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains!

View from Sandstone Peak

Meet at 10:30 AM at the trailhead parking lot on Yerba Buena Road (GPS: 34.111253, -118.926740).

RSVP not required but encouraged! Visit the Facebook page for info.

Hike Description

Hike to the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains! At 3114 ft, Sandstone Peak offers sweeping views of the Malibu Coast and the Conejo Valley. We will reach Sandstone Peak via the beautiful and lush Mishe Mokwa / Backbone loop trail in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The total elevation gain from the parking lot is about 1400 ft, but the climb is mostly gentle, suitable for novice-intermediate hikers. Roundtrip hike should be about 3-4 hours.

Getting there

The trailhead parking lot can be a bit tough to spot. If possible, program the specific GPS coordinate (34.111253, -118.926740) into your phone. To get to the parking lot, head west along the PCH about 45 minutes out of Santa Monica. Turn right at Yerba Buena Rd (look for Neptune’s Net restaurant for the turnoff). Yerba Buena is a very windy road; follow it about 15 minutes (6.5 miles), and look for the trailhead parking lot on the left after a sharp turn in the road (see aerial view below). You will pass Circle X Ranch along the way. Allow about 1 hour, 15 minutes for driving from Santa Monica, longer if driving from farther away. The parking lot is reasonably large (and free) and shouldn’t be a problem at this time of morning. If full, there is some additional parking a bit farther up Yerba Buena Road.


Please coordinate on the SoPS Facebook event page.

What to bring:
  • Sun protection: Though the trail offers a surprising amount of shade compared to many paths closer to LA, we still highly suggest that you bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a good hat.
  • Food and water: Pack a lunch and plenty of water (2 liters recommended). We will take a lunch break around noon at the Sandstone Peak summit.
  • Attire: Long pants are suggested as we are in rattlesnake season. Hiking boots would be helpful but good athletic shoes should be fine.
  • Signed liability waiver form: See below. (Don’t worry if you forget – we’ll have extras)

Special thanks to UCLA postdoc Raleigh Martin for organizing this hike. If you have questions, Raleigh may be reached at raleighmartin at gmail dot com.

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