Hike Red Rock Canyon to Calabasas Peak

Red Rock Canyon Parking Lot

Short hike to the top which also offers a great leg workout. Great for those days when you just want to get some blood pumping, and you want to be rewarded with amazing views.

When you get to the parking lot be sure to pay the $5 parking fee. You will need to place this in the provided envelope and drop it in the iron ranger. 

Start the hike by following the fire road behind the gate. About a couple of yards in, you will see a trail on your left which leads to a ghoulish looking cave. On a hot day, you will appreciate the cool temps inside the cave.

After exploring, continue on the trail until you reach a T-junction. Turn right and this is where the trail starts to get steeper. Simply make your way up the mountain, and you will come across another junction: Right looks like a continuation of the trail, Left will lead you on to a steep descent to reach the top. Veer left to reach Calabasas Peak.

Return the same way you came.

Pack List

  • Parking Fee ($5)
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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RT Distance 4.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 1066 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

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Great Hike For Average/beginners!

After seeing this post we decided to check out this hike. It’s fairly an easy hike since you just follow a big trail up. You also get some exercise in due to few areas of incline that will get your legs some love. This hike is also dog friendly ashike indicated by signs but it asks you leash your dog. I did see few people walking their dogs without a leash so it doesn’t seem like this rule is heavily enforced. You can find free parking on the side of the road on the way here but you’d have to walk a bit to get to the main area of the hike. If you do decide to park in the main area, bring 5 dollars in cash to put into the provided envelope at the entrance. Not sure how often the rangers check, but noticed that not all cars paid (you take half of the envelope and put it on your dashboard of the car). Other than that, this was a fun hike especially seeing big rocks, small little caves in the beginning.


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