Alrighty, back in April (go ahead and judge but remember I told you I had fallen behind here), the girls and took a quick early morning drive up to Malibu and into the Santa Monica Mountains. We were off to check out Sandstone Peak and to see what all of the buzz was about. Even my non-hiking coworkers had asked me if I had hike Sandstone Peak and many of them assumed that I had. They sometimes forget that I was in NorCal for a few years and covered trails in and around Lake Tahoe and the Foothills. They also don’t realize that I spent my first three months back freelancing for my previous job and logging some seriously long work weeks. I didn’t get out too much to do a lot of hiking and I’ve been trying to catch up ever since.
We arrived early, the sun was shining, and there were only a few cars in the dirt parking area at the trailhead. A perfect way to start a Saturday morning hike if you ask me. We set off up the trail and continued up, and up, and up some more until we made it to the summit. Now, don’t get all discouraged by thinking that it’s some sort of grueling uphill slog. It totally isn’t. It’s a workout but the good kind of workout. Plus, there are tons of reasons to stop and take a breather. The views on this particular morning were amazing. We could see the Pacific out in the distance, the surrounding hills were bright green with great terrain to take in, the plants, shrubs, and trees were awesome. There was even this very cool vine with these spike-y green balls that looked like they meant business.
Sandstone Peak is also known as Mount Allen and it is the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains. The summit sits at 3,111 feet and the trail gains 1,075 feet in elevation over the course of about three miles. To get to the trailhead, drive 6.5 miles from PCH on Yerba Buena Road. It’s on the left past the Circle X Ranger station. You won’t be disappointed. There are plenty of trails in the area that I’m dying to check out now that I’ve found this gem.