Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak

MODERATE 379 reviews

Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak is a 5.8 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
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1607 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
34 minutes ago

backpacking
1 day ago

A lovely trail with disparate terrain and great views - solid 6 miles with a good 1300 ft climb to the peak

hiking
3 days ago

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17 days ago

Goergeous views and quintessential California smells! If it's hot, bring lots of water... totally worth the hard work.

19 days ago

we went on a very HOT day. we took a lot of water but still got dehydrated. we started on the right hand side and came out on the left. it was a true test of endurance. as we were entering we saw people coming out and they looked rough. towards the end it made sense. most dogs we saw were being carried by their owners. even big dogs. I wonder if we had started left if it would have been less demanding. I also wonder if a cooler day would have been more pleasant. I will never know because I will not be doing this trail again. ..... however.... If you start to the left you can just go up to the peak which is only about 2 miles and return the way you came ..... the view is amazing!!! unfortunately starting to the right we were spent by the time we made the peak we didn't get to truly enjoy it. if you give it a try, good luck.

21 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Overall a vey nice hike and beautiful views at the top of the mountain. We ended up going up the steep hill for the first mile to get to the highest point while our legs were fresh and the weather was still somewhat cool. This trail is easy for the most part with some small exceptions. The one item making it a bit tough was the hot weather and little to no shade. Rattlesnakes could be heard from nearby bushes but luckily no encounters to talk about.

hiking
23 days ago

Incredible views above the clouds. We accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up on a really poorly maintained detour, definitely check the map.

hiking
24 days ago

25 days ago

Beautiful flowers and view

hiking
26 days ago

Reverse hiked this loop, hitting Sandstone Peak first. Probably the best view in the Santa Monica mountains. Don't underestimate the reverse loop. All that elevation in the first mile can make the next 5 a little bit harder, especially if it's hot outside. We started this hike at 7:30am, and after spending some time at the peak and at Inspiration Point, it was pretty hot for the last 2 miles. I saw several groups of people starting the hike with absolutely no water! There's no way they could've finished without water! And if they did... why would you do that to yourselves!?!? Regardless, this is truly one of the more beautiful hikes in the Los Angeles area. Parts of it feel like another country altogether. Bring water, sun hats, and sunscreen!

hiking
28 days ago

Freaking hot at end of June with very limited shade in places and no breeze to speak of until u get near last 1/4 of trail. That being said, I enjoyed the trail especially inspiration point. No rattlers or other animals that might prey on me, though there were quite a few hornets down in the wash. Found ladybug colonies down there as well which were pretty cool. Easy parking and hike but for the brutal sun.

hiking
30 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Highly suggest if you can only do one in the area. Variety to the trail - so many spectacular views along the mountain sides, some walks though tree lined paths, others more open areas at the high point, glances at the ocean in the distance. Slightly questionable following the loop as there are a few branches and not all labeled. Would suggest bringing up the map on your phone before starting if you care to stick to this and confirm you're not lost. Not too too crowded. Could see lots of rock climbers in the distance along the trails.

1 month ago