1700 Stunt Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
After visiting this lush canyon in late winter we will return to the secluded Stunt High Trail to see the elusive Stream Orchids and other native spring wildflowers. The trail follows Cold Creek down through the Calabasas Hills on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains. This will be an easy slow-paced walk, other than the descent down into the canyon and the inevitable climb back up. We’ll be mainly under the oaks by the stream where we’ll take a lunch break of 30-45 minutes to give us time to appreciate our peaceful surroundings and the sound of the babbling brook.
You will learn to positively identify native and naturalized herbs of the riparian and chaparral plant communities and discover their many uses for food, medicine, survival, crafts, ceremony, and much more.
We’ll also see evidence of previous Chumash occupation. Information will be shared on the ecological value of native plants, sustainable use of natural resources, and other aspects of natural history. To learn more about me, see the “About Lanny Kaufer” link.
The Stunt High Trail is located in the Santa Monica Mountains near Calabasas and easily accessible from Malibu and Topanga Canyon as well as all points in the San Fernando Valley. Carpooling is encouraged as there is limited parking at the trailhead. No dogs or smoking, please.
Pre-registration is recommended for this hike. Just click the Register link at the bottom of this page or return anytime to the “Register for an Event” link on the left sidebar of this website. No pre-payment is required, just your promise to let me know in a timely fashion if your plans change.
Once you register, about a week prior to the hike you will receive an email with all the relevant information including what to wear, directions to the trailhead, etc, as well as any updates that may come up. After the hike, participants will receive an email with a complete plant and animal list including common and scientific names of the plants and animals and their families.
NOTE: This hike will go on unless there is heavy rain that morning or 100% chance of heavy rain during the hiking hours.