Let’s Get Ready to Scramble! The Mishe Mokwa Trail to Tri-Peaks (4K)

This week we brave the Santa Ana Winds to hike Mishe Mokwa—a gorgeous trail through the Edenic Santa Monica Mountains, with some fun and easy scrambling to get your heart pumping! In Part I, we pass Balance Rock, the picnic table at Split Rock, and climb to a ledge at the top of Tri-Peaks for fantastic views. The 2018 Woolsey Fire blackened the trees and scorched the hills, and the mountains are still recovering, but the changed landscape is still staggeringly beautiful.

Join the Dizzy Hiker on a visit to the phoenix of SoCal trails—Mishe Mokwa is a lesson in the power and resilience of nature.

DETAILS (Full Trail)

  • Trail Name: Mishe Mokwa to Tri-Peaks and Sandstone Peak
  • Distance: ~7 miles
  • Type: Loop
  • Elevation: 3,009 feet (Tri-Peaks), 3,114 feet (Sandstone Peak)
  • Gain: 1,692 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Fees: None
  • Location: Santa Monica Mountains, Ventura County
  • Recommended Gear: Hiking shoes, at least 1.5L water/3.0L on a hot day, light jacket for the summit


  • Breathtaking views from the summits
  • Trail is 98% exposed—bring lots of water on a hot day, and turn back if it’s too hot
  • Post-fire landscape is still beautiful
  • Two easy scrambles to the peaks
  • Many junctions, including a false trail leading to a sheer drop-off at mile 1.5 going counterclockwise
  • Keep your eyes open for signs and red-fabric blazes
  • There are many ways up and down the peaks—if it feels to steep, look for another path
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