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Piuma To Saddle Peak

Piuma To Saddle Peak to Malibu Seafood


High above central Malibu is Saddle Peak, just east of Malibu Canyon, one of the highest points in the Santa Monica Mountains at 2,805 feet. Up here you are literally in the sky, often above the clouds over Malibu. On a clear day, facing south, you can see a vast stretch of the Pacific coast, Catalina and Channel Islands miles out in the water. If facing north, you can see the inland valleys of the Malibu Creek watershed or east toward Calabasas and the San Fernando Valley. On a cloudy day, you look down on the cloud tops as if in an airplane.

There are three ways to get to Saddle Peak. This one starts at the backbone trail head on Piuma Rd, climb Piuma Ridge and hike along Dark Canyon. This is a 13 mile OAB (Out and Back) hike with 2000 ft total ascent (1500′ net). After hike, continue through the cyn and make a right on PCH. Its a mile past Pepperdine.. hit Malibu Seafood for a great lunch.

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