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Does anyone know if this and/or the Grotto trail are back open? I'd love to check at the Grotto after all the recent rain fall!

Sandstone peak is all time for short hikes with an awesome view. Especially when it’s clear. Always pretty quiet during the weekdays also. Hiked this the day before the Woolsey fire came through.. Saw the Oaks fire start while sitting at Tri Peaks Point.

Perfect hike for a crisp, January morning. Markings on trail and not defined in Y areas but you can usually figure it out.

10 days ago

Only 3 stars given because I spent 3 days hiking this trail and never found Wendy ???

hiking
14 days ago

Awesome first hike for a newbie looking for a challenge

Though this hike offers 5 star views and a 5 star workout I'm giving it 4 stars because the trail is poorly maintained. To the top is pretty straight forward requiring mostly hiking and some scrambling. The way down however required lots of back tracking and second guessing because the trail is heavily overgrown in some areas and isn't well marked. Without the GPS map, I would not have been able to find the trail on multiple occasions even when using the GPS it was difficult to figure out where the trail was. The way down also requires lots of sliding on your butt or going very slowly as you're climbing down rocks more so than walking. I would not recommend doing this hike alone due to the danger of certain areas and the relatively high possibility of losing your way and also recommend hiking boots as opposed to sneakers.

It’s pretty vertical in the beginning but indeed the views were amazing.

CLOSED: Went up there today to see what condition it was in. The park ranger told me it would be closed for about another week, as the threat of mudslides is too great with forthcoming weather and downed trees that need to be removed from the trail.

We started at the trailhead and followed it up the hill. At 2 miles there is a stacked rock cairn on the left. We took that trail to the top. The views are amazing! We then returned down the main trail and to the power line road.

Hiked this years and years ago, and it was spectacular. Caution the snakes sunning on the pathway!

We have hiked this trail many times and loved it every time. Unfortunately the Woolsley Fire burned the trail.

Love this hike, it’s a great challenge, has some seriously beautiful lookouts and is typically a low crowd. The rock is really cool and it takes a Little Rock scrambling but very doable. Hiking boots recommended. Bring water and keep track of trail bc it’s not clearly marked in some spots.

Beautiful hike!

hiking
2 months ago

If you are not physically active you may find this hike a bit challenging just because it’s very steep. You will be okay with some in between breaks, it’s totally worth it. View is great!

Great hike on the main trail into Sandstone Peak- gradual ascent, some minor scrambling, not too many rocks. Wonderful views across to Channel Islands from Sandstone, but a lot of scrambling and sharp rocks to get there- great for the experience, but not something to repeat often.

New to Southern California and couldn't seem to find a hike comparable to those in Oregon. However, this trail changed everything. I did the whole loop and took the detour out to Tri peaks (which i'd highly recommend). The trail is diverse and has the most amazing views almost the entire time. Loved every second of this trail and I'd HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking to get out on a good hike.

Short hike with a beautiful view of the coast line. There is pretty heavy mountain bike traffic on the main road.

Loved every step of this hike! Gorgeous views.

Options for a little longer home or shorter. A slight challenge but a beautiful view.

Did this hike on Sunday morning. The weather was just perfect! once you reach inspiration point, it's all worth it. the Fog added to to adventure. so much to see and to do! I recommend this hike early morning.
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I really enjoyed this hike, the ascent is gradual, the trail is wide enough, and the vistas are amazing.

Did this trail at 8am this morning and the weather couldn’t have been better. It was a moderate hike that took us about 3 hrs but that was with a couple stops to take pics and to sit and relax at the top for a snack. I forgot to set the gps until .27 miles in. My watch tracked it as 6.32 miles back to the parking lot.

Definitely go counter clockwise. Amazing hike. Would do this again. The view from sandstone peak is incredible! Actually closer to 6.4 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

I’d do it again, but it was a challenge, and there were TONS of mosquitoes.

hiking
3 months ago

If you're a beginner hiker or do not have the greatest cardiovascular endurance, you will find this hike difficult. It's steep with loose dirt/rocks in some areas. I would recommend lots of water, trekking poles and frequent breaks to that group of hikers.

If you've done any of the more serious SoCal hikes like Baldy, San G, San J etc, then this hike is very easy. Again it's steep but its so short and starts at sea level so it won't matter to an avid fit hiker. You'll blast to the top in 20-30 minutes like it's nothing.

All in all a very lackluster hike. The ocean view is nice if you like looking at water, but I find that pretty boring. Point Mugu State Park and the surrounding area was burned a few years back and still has not fully recovered. The trail sees a lot of traffic so there is un-natural erosion, garbage on the trail and graffiti on the rocks. If you can stomach that the trail will provide a good workout so long as you move fast and/or carry a heavy pack for training. Personally I'll pass and hike somewhere else unless I'm really short on time. Ray Miller Trail, Overtlook Trail and Sandstone Peak are all nice alternatives.

First time here, and the trail is much harder than it looks. At the fork, I went in the counterclockwise direction. Felt like I essentially climbed vertically until the top. I’m in decent shape and had to stop and catch my breath a few times. The views are incredible, even on the way down (I came clockwise). I went around 9:30 on a Saturday morning, and it wasn’t too packed. Decent sized parking lot, but there’s also a very large shoulder before the trail entrance, with parking allowed after 5am. No dogs allowed, and no bathrooms. Bring water.

hiking
3 months ago

It's a steep climb to the top. Great views of the Pacific, Mugu State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains. Perfect place to train and condition for longer mountain hikes. Lots of birds to watch. Enjoy.

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