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California Trails

Los Angeles, CA: Sandstone Peak Loop

Climb high above the Pacific on this 6-mile loop over 3,111-foot Sandstone Peak, the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.7

Waypoints

SPL001

Location: 34.111706, -118.926743

Start on Backbone Trail

SPL002

Location: 34.11673, -118.92498

R @ 3-way onto Mishe Mokwa Trail

SPL003

Location: 34.125565, -118.929001

Rock climbers often ascend Echo Cliffs across canyon

SPL004

Location: 34.126991, -118.931931

Great view of Balanced Rock

SPL005

Location: 34.124805, -118.937172

Shady, creekside picnic spot

SPL006

Location: 34.119087, -118.945267

L @ Y intersection onto Backbone Trail

SPL007

Location: 34.116886, -118.943047

Inspiration Point, beautiful ocean views

SPL008

Location: 34.120705, -118.933662

Sandstone Peak turn-off, go straight ahead

SPL009

Location: 34.120308, -118.932091

Top of Sandstone Peak: 360 view of mountains, canyons, and ocean. Return toward Backbone Trail

SPL010

Location: 34.120705, -118.933662

R onto Backbone Trail

SPL011

Location: 34.116726, -118.925201

Veer R @ 3-way (same as waypoint 2), return to car