Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak

MODERATE 674 reviews

Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Malibu, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1368 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains. Highlights include the spectacular Echo Cliffs where rock climbers ascend shear cliffs, a house sized boulder delicately balanced on a small rock beneath, a giant split rock where kids can dash between the sheer walls, stunning giant sandstone formations, and breathtaking views from the top of Sandstone Peak and Inspiration point. Highly recommended.

4 days ago

Great hiking trails for family and your paw babies.

11 days ago

awesome hike great views totally worth it.

16 days ago

Neat trail!

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful early spring day for a hike, and a beautiful place to take one. Red sandstone monoliths contrasted nicely with green coastal shrubs, some of which were blooming. We saw a couple of dozen other hikers on this trail, and the trail is dog friendly. The views are amazing and reminded me a little of hiking in Arizona with the red sandstone contrasting with the greenery of the plant life and the bright blue dessert skies. The parking lot was flooded from recent rains, and was nearly full to capacity when we arrived-but there was also parking on the street leading into this hike. This area also appears to be popular with rock climbers and rappelers as we saw both.

24 days ago

Really enjoyable. Great views, not too much elevation change.

hiking
24 days ago

Great Hike Amazing view from the top.

24 days ago

Good hike with solid elevation. Seemed really long on a hot day. Views are great but some high clouds blocked the ocean view for us...

24 days ago

Amazing view!

25 days ago

excellent trail, lots of vegetation so quite cool though there are some exposed spots. highly recommended.

nature trips
27 days ago

If you’ve ever dreamed of a heavenly place...this place can take you there to lose your mind and find your soul

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful hike! Great surrounding views of Santa Monica mountains and also the ocean on a clear day. Cool to see all the caves and also rock climbers in the distance. The 6-mile MisheMakwe loop was beautiful, but the straight hike (2miles or so) to and from Sandstone peak is also a nice tough little hike (same elevation gain as the 6 mile loop in a fraction of the distance).
Fun drive to the parking lot too haha!
Done this a few times now but there's only a mobile bathroom in the parking lot about half of the time.

hiking
1 month ago

The views were absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! We went right and did Mishe Mokwa first. There was continual incline but it wasn’t bad...completely doable. It was just after rain so we saw a few small waterfalls and the trail was a bit muddy in places but again doable. We went to Inspiration Point and quite frankly the views there were way more astonishing that at Sandstone Peak!!!! This has been by far my favorite hike to date!!! I recorded the hike it was 7.2 miles (including inspiration point).

hiking
1 month ago

Great views! A bit wet after a couple days of rain but totally doable still! My dog loved it!

1 month ago

Love this trail!! Breathtaking views all the way. Prepare for an incline tho

hiking
1 month ago

Did slowly.. Took a left at first split straight towards Sandstone Peak. I'd rather heavy elevation gains for a shorter period & within first part of hike, than to deal with gradual, longer incline. Once you bag your peak, Inspiration Point is still another mile or 1.5 -- this map shows tintsy tiny bit of trail variance when heading from Sandstone towards Inspiration compared to my friends. No big deal. Hers showed to take trail pointing to Tri Peaks, this map has you go slightly different. Both are right & meet up w one another very quickly. Don't be surprised, after Inspiration Point, trek still another 3+ (this map I used didn't calculate actually stopping at Inspiration but it is WELL worth it if you do). If I'd planned better I would have added Tri Peaks.. The last 1/2 of hike is gradual descent but more tiring than you expect due to exertion to Sandstone. Views are stunning almost entire hike!. This would be great to take an out of towner hiker on. Better than cliche Hollywood sign or Runyon, in my opinion. Saw Channel Islands. Heavily trafficked though with not as much trail etiquette... that was only down side. Oh, and towards very end, follow map. When you get to sign that says .4 to Yerba Buena Rd or .2 to Sandstone, take that later.. that'll get you back to correct lot.

1 month ago

Great views the entire way. Well maintained with a good mix between mild rock scrambling and dirt paths. I'm not a view person, but inspiration point was stunning!

hiking
1 month ago

This place is absolutely beautiful! don't forget to bring water and snacks. It gets rocky on the trail so bring some good shoes and some good vibes!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning views on a fun and dynamic hike! Def check out Inspiration Point along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike truly does have amazing views of the ocean and the mountains to the east once you get to the top.
I got there pretty early (8am) and parking wasn’t an issue. By the time I got back to the car three hours later the lot was full and cars were parked on the main road so get there early!
I took the longer route which is less steep and much more scenic. It’s a huge loop so I took the sandstone trail back. The last quart mike or so requires a bit of scrambling but it’s nothing crazy. The view at the top is probably the most amazing view in all of LA. I got lucky with a clear day so I could see as far out as the Channel Islands.
Definitely a must do.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike - good workout and amazing views. Make sure to stop at Inspiration Point before heading to the peak. Inspiration point has the best views and more space to sit and enjoy.

2 months ago

Fav hike In The Santa Monica’s!! ❤️✨❤️✨

hiking
2 months ago

epic.

2 months ago

Such an amazing trail! We found the trail quite easy to follow. The view is absolutely STUNNING! We were blown away. The hike did not make us tired as it had a good balance of inclines and declines on the route. Took us a around 3.5 hours to finish. Bring plenty of water!!

2 months ago

Not too difficult and such amazing views. Very rocky and uneven in many areas so make sure to watch your footing. Highly recommend this hike! Only issue was people blasting music when we reached the top.

2 months ago

Definitely my favorite hike in SoCal. Not too long to destroy you but enough to challenge you a bit and get the heart rate going. On a clear day the breathtaking views of the ocean when you reach the top is well worth it.

2 months ago

Great hike, beautiful changing views. rocky trail so wear good shoes. lots of elevation change to challenge you.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike! Great views and lots of elevation changes to keep me challenged. Trail signs would benefit from some arrows but it was still easy enough to follow. Definitely worth going up to sandstone peak!

hiking
2 months ago

Took the 6 mile with loop via Mishe Mokwa (actually ends up being almost 7 if you hike to all the lookout points). Nice leg workout for the majority of the trail, with occasional no incline segments where you can regroup. There is a picnic table at split rock if you’re looking to have a peaceful snack. The path to Balance Rock is not maintained, I attempted to take that course but with the overgrowth and time it would’ve taken to get through I decided to turn around halfway to it. Still visible on the back side on the way to split rock though. The back side of the mountain is pretty much non eventful, just a steady incline. Once you get to the turn (near tripeak trail) you start to gain elevation once again. Next comes the turn off to Inspiration Point (sign present directing you). This provides nice panoramic views and is a precursor to what you will experience once you get to the top of Mt. Allen (SandStone Peak). The turn off to SandStone Peak is about a mile from Inspiration Point, the trail isn’t super well marked to get up to the peak but you’ll see where others have traveled and make your way. There is a Mt. Allen “Monument” at the top with a register book in the slot. The views here are the best and you are rewarded with a 360 degree view. Hopefully the marine layer burns off by the time you get there (it didn’t for me unfortunately). The path back down to the parking lot is on the right and marked, be careful and take your time- the path down is quite a bit of loose rock and a easy place to fall or sprain a ankle. Overall a great hike and a great workout. Bring lots of water if doing the loop because there’s no water sources and zero cell service for most of the path. As always, AllTrail app tracked me throughout the whole trip (even though I paused and forgot to restart for a small segment).

hiking
2 months ago

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