Musch Trail in Topanga, California

Saturday morning adventure started with a hike in Topanga. There are quite a few trail options from the state park and some of these end up at Eagle Rock. I chose Musch Trail because I have been wanting to hike on trails with narrow paths and more shade.

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I like this trail mainly because it feels like a trail with its curvy small paths winding in and out of woods




Panoramic capture of the beautiful view


Horny Toad

You can make this trail a loop by starting on Musch, going up to Eagle Rock and then take the fire-road (or the other way around).



Pretty wild flowers

Pretty wild flowers

Eagle Rock junction

I stopped here and turned back because of the heat (spring is here!). Eagle Rock is 1.5 miles further and it offers some wonderful views.  And yes, its definitely on my to-blog-about list :)

Mishe Mokwa Trail in Malibu, California

Started off my weekend with a 6 mile hike on a sunny and clear day. The hike starts on the trailhead for Backbone Trail (conspicuos board after 6 miles on Yerba Buena road from PCH). After ~0.3 miles on backbone, you will see the sign indicating the start of Mishe Mokwa Trail.

Trailhead for Mishe Mokwa

Trailhead for Mishe Mokwa


View of the valley

View of the valley

View of the valley

The trail is not shaded for the most part and offers a good 360 view of the valley.


Even a small shade was welcoming



Wild flowers

Glimpse of the sky

Pretty backdrop

Pretty backdrop

Boulder right on the edge

Boulder right on the edge

Saw quite a few of these lizards (I don't like them much)

Saw quite a few of these lizards (I don’t like them much)

Mishe Mokwa Trail merges on to the trail leading to Sandstone peak. Its the highest point in Santa Monica Mountains. The path to the peak is way steeper, a bit rocky and short. I was hiking with a bad back already; so I decided to play it safe and skip it.  I feel like my back got better with the hike, sooo keep hiking! :)

Still caught some pretty gorgeous views of the hills.



I liked this trail mainly for the views it offered but would prefer to go really early to avoid the scorching sun. It’s great for a sweaty workout. But the terrain is more rugged & dry and not as green as I would like.