Tag: Santa Monica Mountains

Sandstone Peak

At 3,111 feet, Sandstone Peak is the tallest point in the Santa Monica Mountains. Last time we tried this hike back in May of 2015, it was too warm and too crowded for our liking. We completed the loop but opted out from summiting the peak. Xena struggled with the heat and I didn’t want

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Escondido Falls

Here is another waterfall hike. This time in Malibu in the Santa Monica Mountains. Waterfall hikes are popular. I recommend doing this very early in the morning. A small parking lot is on Winding Way at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Winding Way. This parking lot gets full quickly. It’s normally full by

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5 Best Dog-Friendly Hikes in Malibu

Malibu has been our favorite place to explore during summer since I started hiking with Xena. There are several dog-friendly trails that range from 3 to 6+ mile long. You can easily finish them in 2-3 hours with breaks. Although these trails are open all year round, I like them especially in summer due to

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Charmlee Wilderness in Malibu

The entrance to the park is clearly marked with a sign on Encinal Canyon Rd. Drive on Carmichael Rd until you see the parking on your right. Get an envelope from the stand (photo below), fill out your vehicle information, put the money ($4/car) in the envelope and insert it in the slot.  Now you are ready to

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