Nature Walks

Scheduled morning walks, sunset and moonlit hikes and seaside strolls are organized throughout the year by nature specialists, MRT and the Cold Creek Docents.


The Cold Creek area is one of the most diverse plant regions in the Santa Monica Mountains. Ancient sandstone plates rise from aromatic chaparral scrub, lush oak woodlands and streamside habitats. There are rocky grottoes, waterfalls, unexpected canyon vistas and a boulder home once occupied by a German gold miner.


Cold Creek Valley Preserve and Stunt Ranch offer easy walks along the perennial Cold Creek and rolling chaparral scrub basin surrounded by up-turned sedimentary sandstones and intrusive basalt (igneous-volcanic) dikes. A wide variety of bird life and micro-climates may be encountered along the trail. Both preserves contain prehistoric red shank shrubs.


The Stunt-High Trail has two segments leading to the Backbone Trail at the top of Saddle Peak. (The Backbone Trail extends 55 miles along the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains.) The lower segment offers stream side, grassland, oak woodland and chaparral habitats, while the upper trail segment offers a miniature forest of manzanita and California lilac, with outcroppings of eroded sandstone boulders.

The Stunt-High, Calabasas Peak, Topanga Skyline, Cold Creek, Yucca and Backbone Trails are public trails; no permit or reservations are required. However, the Cold Creek Canyon Preserve Trail requires a permit if you wish to enter without a docent and are not an MRT supporter. (Currently the Cold Creek Trail is closed - for more info click here Cold Creek Trail Closed) Call for a permit from the Mountains Restoration Trust: (818) 591-1701 ext. 203

There are no drinking water, picnicking or toilet facilities along any of the trails. Wear shoes with good tread and carry drinking water. Please demonstrate your care for our precious resources by walking lightly and not picking flowers, staying on the trail and out of the creek, and carrying out your trash.


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