4.9 MRT – Moderate (1,200′ elevation gain/loss)
Meet at 8 AM at the 118 & Stearns St. Park & Ride. Bring your camera, water and lunch. Wear boots.
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Our hike will begin at the entrance to El Scorpion Park in West Hills. We’ll hike into the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (aka Ahmanson Ranch) to the entrance to the mouth of the Cave of Munits, “a cathedral-like cave that was used by the Chumash tribe for spiritual rites … The cave is reachable via a moderate scramble.” After leaving the cave, we’ll follow the Hunter Allen Trail westward until it curves to the south; we’ll continue westward and then turn north on a well-defined trail that leads steeply up a north-south ridge to the main east-west ridge (with Castle Peak at its east end). Once up on the east-west ridge, we’ll follow a well-defined single-track trail eastward (while enjoying wide-ranging views and interesting rock formations) to Castle Peak. The trail ends about 20’ below the peak in a jumble of huge boulders. We’ll return the way we came.