If you reside around Los Angeles or planning to visit the city and you have a slight love affair with the outdoors, DO THIS HIKE. This mild trek without a doubt, tops my list of best hikes around Los Angeles. Mount Allen, or better known as The Sandstone Peak is the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains at 3,111 ft. From the starting point you’re overlooking 40 miles of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Southern California. I usually do the Mishe Mokwa Trail which is just over 6 miles, usually takes me about 3.5 hours. At the summit you overlook the gorgeous Pacific Ocean as well as the inland views with the stunning hills and valley’s.

TIPS

Bring water and snacks. Anytime I bring anyone on this hike they are usually starving mid way. For someone who doesn’t hike that often this could be a (good) challenge. And they exude energy and get hungry quickly. Bring something to munch on. Mid way through near Split Rock there is a picnic area you could have lunch.

Bring a jacket. Although warm at the base, the weather drastically decreases and there are huge gusts of wind at the top. If you don’t want to rush your time at the summit, bring a windbreaker jacket.

You don’t need hiking boots. The land throughout the hike absorbs water fairly quickly. So there is never really any flooding and for the most part you are tramping on a well walked-through trail. You don’t need fancy hiking boots to get to the top.

When driving over, if you get car sick, make sure you’re the one driving. I’m serious. The road leading to the base of the hill is an adventure in itself. Although fairly easy to follow, the road does wrap around some gnarly curves over and over.

 

ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS

Starting point address: 12896 Yerba Buena Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Directions from Los Angeles heading North on the 101.

Merge onto US-101 N toward Ventura.

Follow US-101 N to CA-23 S/S Westlake Blvd in Thousand Oaks. Take exit 40 from US-101 N.

Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto CA-23 S/S Westlake Blvd stay on Westlake Blvd for the next 22 miles.

Slight right onto Mulholland Hwy when the road splits.

Turn right onto Little Sycamore Canyon Rd for 1.9 miles.

Continue onto Yerba Buena Rd for 2.7 miles.

Parking lot is on your right with a sign, you cant miss it.