A Rocky Getaway in L.A.’s Backyard

April 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm in environment, History

Red Rock Canyon

Tilted sandstone formation in Red Rock Canyon

Forget your troubles, come on get dizzy. That’s what I did last weekend on a hike from Topanga Canyon area through Red Rock Canyon to the top of Calabasas Peak. The hike was about 4.5 miles, pretty short as the crow flies, but there was a lot of climbing (up to 2,000+ feet) and zig-zagging, plus we took some rock scrambling side trips, so it was challenging. One highlight of the hike was the rocky terrain, consisting of numerous sandstone outcroppings. At times I thought I was in Zion National Park, not the Santa Monica Mountains just minutes from L.A. Many of these rocks are tilted at Titanic angles, and it’s mind-boggling to think that they were once under sea, and how it has taken them millions of years to get to this point. There were even seashell fossils in some of the rocks, as the picture after the jump indicates.

Seashells

Seashell fossils

Calabasas Peak is one of the highest points in the area, and the vistas from there were stunning, although this hiker was a bit too focused on his acrophobia to whip the camera out beyond the beginning of the hike.

Are we a lucky bunch or what?

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