Description of Hike: The Sandstone Peak Hike starts off pretty strenuous with a steep 1.5-mile hike to the summit of Sandstone Peak. This is the most challenging section of the hike, but the summit of Sandstone Peak offers commanding views of the pacific ocean and inland valleys. On clear days, you can also see Anacapa Island, Santa Cruz Island and to the east, Mount Baldy. Many of the rocky outcrops that rise out of the chaparral covered slopes were created some 13-16 million years ago through explosive volcanic activity. The last push to the summit is a little scramble and is a little steep.
After returning from the Tri Peaks Trail Continue on the Mishe Mokwa Trail and you will see notable sites such as split rock and balancing rock on your completion of the loop. The remainder of the hike is a gradual downhill hike for the remainder of the journey with a couple of uphill sections. For a printable map of the Sandstone Peak hike and general area in the Santa Monica Mountains, click Here.
Dispite the popularity of this hike, be on the lookout for wildlife because there is a wide variety of animals that inhabit this area. We were lucky enough to see a coyote while out on our hike in this area. The views from the summit are breathtaking and far-reaching on a clear day. Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains to the east, Los Padres National Forest to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and the Channel Islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) to the west. Make sure to bring plenty of water if you are doing this hike during the summer because sections of the hike are exposed.
Rating: Without Tri Peak: Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft. (Moderate), Distance: 6.1 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate), With Tri Peak: Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft. (Moderate), Distance: 7.1 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate).
Time to Complete Hike: 3 - 4.5 hours.
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