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Mesa Peak Motorway From Corral Canyon Malibu Creek State Park


Hiking Distance: 6.6 Miles Round Trip Hiking Time: 3 Hours Configuration: Out-And-Back Elevation Gain: 250 Feet Difficulty: Moderate To Somewhat Strenuous Exposure: Exposed Ridge

Dogs: Not Allowed (But Many Four-Legged Friends Have Been Known To Enjoy This Trail)

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Mesa Peak Sits On The Oceanfront Mountains Just Outside The Southern Boundary Of Malibu Creek State Park. Access To The 1,844-Foot Peak Is Via The Mesa Peak Motorway, Either From Malibu Canyon (Hike 103) Or This Hike From Corral Canyon By Castro Crest. Both Routes Follow The Mountain Spine Along The Undeveloped Upper, Southern Portion Of Malibu Creek State Park.

This Hike From Corral Canyon Begins In A Garden Of Massive Warped And Weathered Sandstone. Among The Wind-Eroded Sedimentary Rock Are Caves And Stone Arches That Look Like Windows In The Rock. The Trail Follows The Exposed Spine Of The Santa Monica Mountains. The Spectacular Views Include Santa Monica Bay In The South, From Point Dume To Palos Verdes, And Northern Views Across Malibu Creek State Park To The San Fernando Valley. The Mesa Peak Motorway Is A Segment Of The Backbone Trail.

To The Trailhead

From Santa Monica, Drive 14.5 Miles Northbound On The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 To Corral Canyon Road. Turn Right And Wind 5.2 Miles To The End Of The Paved Road. Continue 0.1 Mile On The Dirt Road To The Trailhead Parking Area At The End Of The Road.

The Only Access To The Trailhead Is From The Coast Via Corral Canyon Road. The Road Is Located 2.5 Miles West Of Malibu Canyon Road And 3.5

Miles East Of Kanan Dume Road. The Hike

From The East Side Of The Parking Area, Take The Posted Trail East. Follow The Dirt And Sandstone Slab Path Towards The Gorgeous Rock Formations. Climb The Slab Rock And Weave Through The Formations To A Ridge. Climb The Ridge To Another Amazing Group Of Cave-Riddled Sandstone Formations. Cross Over And Through The Rock Sculptures, Then Descend To The Mesa Peak Motorway At 0.4 Miles. Stay To The Left On The Dirt Road, Part Of The Backbone Trail.

The Views Extend Into The Kaslow Natural Preserve (A Nesting Ground For Golden Eagles), Across Malibu Creek State Park On The Left And Corral Canyon And The Pacific Ocean On The Right. Follow The Undulating Road, With Alternating Views Of The San Fernando Valley And The Coast. Make A Long, But Easy Descent On The Open Ridge To A Saddle While Savoring The Great Views. Cross The Saddle And Head Up The Serpentine Road. Descend To A Trail Split At 3 Miles. The Mesa Peak Motorway (Backbone Trail) Continues East 2.4 Miles And Ends At Malibu Creek Road (Hike 103).

To Ascend Mesa Peak, Bear Right On The Puerco Motorway. Drop Down And Cross A Saddle Between Malibu Canyon And Corral Canyon. Pass Through An Open Gate At The Base Of Mesa Peak, Leaving Malibu Creek State Park. The Dirt Road Curves Around Mesa Peak And Descends Down Puerco Canyon To The Pacific Coast Highway At Puerco Beach. Rather Than Continue On The Main Road, A Short But Steep Path At The Base Of Mesa Peak Climbs To The 1,844-Foot Summit. From The Summit Are Sweeping Coastal Views Across Santa Monica Bay, From The Northern End At Point Dume To The Southern End At Palos Verdes. Inland Vistas Expand Across The Layered Mountain Range. Return By Retracing Your Steps. I

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