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Best trails in Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve

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Explore the most popular trails in Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Set in the southernmost mountains of the Transverse Ranges, the Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve is located in the Cold Creek watershed of Malibu Creek, perhaps the most pristine and biologically diverse watershed in the Santa Monica Mountains. Cold Creek itself flows year-round through the reserve. Smaller tributaries of Cold Creek additionally provide the reserve with a well-developed corridor of riparian habitat. Primary habitats include chaparral, coast live oak woodland, and annual grasslands. Overall, there are more than 300 vascular plant species, including the state-endangered Pentachaeta lyonii, a rare member of the sunflower family. The reserve also harbors an abundance of fauna, particularly birds, and two rare reptile species: the San Diego horned lizard and the San Diego Mountain kingsnake. All of Stunt Ranch burned in 1993, but has recovered well. The site

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Map of trails in Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve
Park information
Acreage:
310 acres
Park hours
Monday
All day
Tuesday
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Wednesday
All day
Thursday
All day
Friday
All day
Saturday
All day
Sunday
All day
Contact
310-206-3887
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Calabasas Peak Trail
Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
This pleasant hike gives you a good aerobic workout, with a moderate but steady uphill trek for a little less than 2 miles to the summit of Calabasas Peak. The views along the way are wonderful. This pleasant hike gives you a good aerobic workout, with a moderate but steady uphill trek for a little less than 2 miles to the summit of Calabasas Peak. The views along the way are wonderful. As the hike starts, off to the left are grand vistas of the Santa Monica mountains across a lovely small valley. Over the crest, Red Rock Canyon comes into view on the right. As you ascend to the peak, along the right are spectacular tilted and pocketed sandstone formations set against the beautiful green mountains. Along the way, there are a number of interesting rock formations that you can scramble out on (carefully) for some great views. A very enjoyable hike.Show more
#2 - Cold Creek Valley Preserve via Stunt High Trail
Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m