While spending a week in Los Angeles for the private screening of Mile… Mile & A Half, a documentary about the John Muir Trail that I worked on, I had a chance to go hiking on one of my favorite trails of the Los Angeles area: Mishe Mokwa Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. I really enjoy this trail for all that it offers, even if the views of the valleys and the ocean are hidden behind a marine layer. Six miles of beauty that only the Santa Monica Mountains can offer.
Jason Fitzgerald, co-director and director of photography of the documentary, was kind enough to join me on the hike. Also joining me was my friend Liz, who drove out from Santa Barbara for the outing. We met in Westlake Village and carpooled up the remaining 13 miles of mountain roads up to the trailhead. The weather was cool and foggy, which is nice since the trails up here can be tough in the heat, but that also meant that the amazing views would be curtained.
It seems like a lifetime ago that I hiked here for the first time. I remember it well since it was hike #6 of my original 100 Hikes Project. After re-reading my blog entry for that day, I still had a strong appreciation and sense of wonder about the trail, even after hiking nearly 3,000 trail miles between hikes. If I ever made a list entitled Reasons Hikers Would Enjoy Moving to Los Angeles, Mishe Mokwa Trail would be in the top ten.
- 100Hikes.com – Hike #6 (2009)
- ModernHiker.com – Post-Rain Sandstone Peak
- LocalHikes.com – Mishe Mokwa Trail
- Date of hike: October 20, 2012
- Location: Santa Monica Mountains, California
- Length: 6.1 miles
This map was made with the data my GPS captured on the hike.
For a more detailed trip report map, check this out.
Here’s what the summit looks like on a clearer day.