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The Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak is a 6 mile, strenuous hike.

From the Sandstone Peak Trailhead, go to the Mishe Mokwa Trail Connector. Take the Mishe Mokwa Trail to Split Rock and continue to the Backbone Trail. This fire road ascends to Sandstone Peak, then descends to the trailhead. Only hikers are allowed on the Mishe Mokwa Trail.

This is an exhilarating hike offering stunning landscapes and interesting plant communities, which include a host of wildflowers such as clematis, pitcher sale, humboldt, yarrow, brodiaea, popcorn flower, and wild peony. Horehound plants grow along this trail as well as poison oak. Spring and early summer are the best times for wildflower identification. Geological sights include Balanced Rock and the volcanic breccia, Split Rock. Expect to rock scramble on the approach to Sandstone Peak, Santa Monica's highest point at 3,111 feet. Optional class two rock climbing is obtainable at Echo Cliffs and Sandstone Peak. Commanding 360 degree views dominate the triumphant climb.

Dogs must be on leash at all times and are allowed only on trails, access roads and in the campground. Dogs are not allowed on state park trails. Trail closures may be in effect during and following significant rainfall to protect park resources. Trails will be re-opened when dry enough to sustain public use.

Directions: From Thousand Oaks, CA, Travel US 101 / Ventura Freeway east to Highway 23 / Westlake Boulevard. Head south on Hwy. 23 to Mulholland Highway. Turn right (west) and proceed to Yerba Buena Road to reach Circle X Ranch. Park at Sanstone Peak Trailhead.

Elevation: 2,030 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California

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