XEROX Mountaineering & Backpacking Club

Topanga Meadows Saturday, June 16, 1990

What: Dayhike

When: Saturday, June 16 – 10:00 AM

Statistics: Rating easy; elevation gain and loss 850 ft; 4 miles round trip.

Topo Map: Topanga

Reference: Milt McAuley, Hiking Trails of the Santa Monica Mountains, 4th edition, p174-6

Bring: long pants to protect against poison oak which is abundant, ten essentials, jacket, hat, sunscreen, lunch, money for post-hike reward for braving the wilds of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Miscellany: You must write or call the leader or co-leader if you plan to attend or cancel attendance. Let me know if you need a ride or can offer a ride. Rain anytime after Friday evening will cancel outing.

Route and Highlights

Topanga Meadows offers a nice variety of open meadows and oak-shaded trails with splashes of color from assorted wildflowers and many butterflies. Numerous lizards and the possibility of snakes will be there to greet us. We will be following a short loop trail which is very easy, except for a couple of short stretches which are quite steep. There is an opportunity for a little boulder hopping on a side trail to the base of a 50 foot dryfall (What do you call a waterfall without any water?).

Following the hike, we will be winding down at Patrick’s Roadhouse, the big shamrock-green building with shamrocks painted on it. It is located on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Entrada Drive.

Driving Details

Topanga Meadows is on Old Topanga Canyon Road which is off Topanga Canyon Blvd which is off Pacific Coast Highway.

From the south, take the Santa Monica Freeway west to Pacific Coast Highway. Travel north on PCH about 5.6 miles to Topanga Canyon Blvd. Turn north (right) on Topanga Canyon Blvd and travel 4.4 miles to Old Topanga Canyon Road. Turn left onto Old Topanga Canyon Road. Travel approximately one-third mile on Old Topanga Canyon Road to a small bridge. Park just beyond the bridge on the left side of the road.

From the north, take the Ventura Freeway to the Topanga Canyon Blvd exit. Take Topanga Canyon Blvd south to Old Topanga Canyon Road. Turn right onto Old Topanga Canyon Road. Travel approximately one-third mile on Old Topanga Canyon Road to a small bridge. Park just beyond the bridge on the left side of the road.

Leader: Jeanne Agena – work: (213)333-6227 home: (213)373-4689 E-Mail: JAgen:ES CP8

Co-Leader: Bob Laman – work: (213)333-3287 home: (213)719-8604 E-Mail: RLaman:LAX1B

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