Trailer Canyon

An XMBC Moonlight Hike

15 November 1997

Brief: An evening hike under a full moon on a fireroad in Pacific Palisades, with views of the L.A. basin.

When: Saturday, November 15, 1997. Begin hiking at 6:00 P.M. We should return to the cars at about 10:00 P.M.

Where: Santa Monica Mountains above Pacific Palisades on Trailer Canyon Fireroad.

Rating: Moderate. 6 miles round trip, 1300 ft. elevation gain to the top of the ridge.

Driving directions: Take I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) to Pacific Coast Highway, then continue on to Sunset Blvd. Right on Sunset, then after 1/2 mile turn left on Palisades Dr. Follow Palisades Dr. 2.5 miles, past the first stoplight, then make the next left turn, then an immediate right turn. You should now be on Michael Lane. Follow Michael 1/2 mile uphill to the fire road entrance and park along the street. This is a residential neighborhood--please be quiet and courteous.

Topo map: Topanga, 7.5 minutes.

Bring: 10 essentials strongly recommended, but especially 1-2 liters water, snack, jacket, flashlight, camera. Running/tennis shoes should be OK, sandals not recommended. Dogs OK if well-behaved.

Description: This hike is all on a dirt fireroad. Trailer Canyon Fireroad starts out heading north, then turns east climbing all the way. As we ascend views of Pacific Palisades, including the neighborhood where the cars are, improve. Eventually we will intersect the Topanga Ridge Fireroad, which runs north-and-south all the way from Mulholland Dr. to Sunset Blvd. near Temescal Canyon. Once on Topanga Ridge Fireroad we will walk north about 1/2 mile to a point overlooking both West L.A. and Santa Monica, and the San Fernando Valley. We will return to the cars the same way.

For those who have been on the Sullivan Ridge fireroad we will be about two ridges farther west.

Topanga Ridge Fireroad is a way of entering Topanga State Park from the back side.

RSVP: If there is interest we will meet for a pre-hike meal somewhere in West L.A. or Santa Monica. Suggestions are welcome. Also, we may go to Santa Monica afterwards to take in the street scene.

Leader: Bruce Corning. E-mail   Phone 310-333-3568 work or 310-325-8735 home. Please respond in advance if you plan to come.