Calabasas Peak

Calabasas Peak is a notable peak in the Santa Monica Mountains. It towers over the city of Calabasas and is a part of the Saddle Peak formation. The trail to the peak also connects to Red Rock Canyon, which I will certainly hike sometime.

Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gained: 1,000′
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 1:45
Critters: None

Get there like this.


Part two of a trilogy of Friday afternoon hikes saw me climbing Calabasas Peak. Originally, I intended to hike along the Saddle Peak ridge to the old Nike missile installation, but that will be a hike and a blog for another day. Calabasas Peak offered me a workout and summit experience that would help me prep for what will certainly be some heavy climbing when I tackle a few more mountains before the snow starts falling.

The trail up to the peak is 100% fire road. It’s well-graded and easy to follow, but it is severely steep in some sections. About halfway up, the trail diverges in different directions. One route goes down into Red Rock Canyon. The other route leads up to the Nike Missile site. The main trail leads to the summit of Calabasas Peak, which affords great views of the Santa Monicas, the San Fernando Valley, and the San Gabriel Mountains.

The front range of the San Gabriels in the center of the shot

This hike felt a lot like putting in work. The views are good, but not comparable to other locales. The flora is unremarkable. And yet, it’s a great workout and a quick and dirty peak climb. Not a bad filling for a sandwich made of some excellent bread.

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