Saddle Peak East

Malibu Creek State Park, CA

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Distance3.5 mi
Elevation gain900 ft
Route typeOut & back
Duration2 h
CruxClass 1
Quality3/10

Peaks bagged

1
Saddle Peak East(LPC)2,786 ft / Prom. 90 ft

LPC — Lower Peaks Committee

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View north from a pullout near the trailhead. Calabasas Peak is on the far right, its summit buried in the clouds.
The trail starts at the end of this chain link fence.
Saddle Peak ahead, shrouded in fog.
Backbone Trail junction. Stay left toward Saddle Peak.
Looking back as we climb Saddle Peak's northern slope.
Arriving at the rock climbing area called "Corpse Wall", supposedly named after a dead body which was discovered by its route developers.
Cool rock formations to the west.
The trail cuts through walls of sandstone via a set of stone staircases.
A pocket-laden slab along the trail.
Looking back at the slab.
Leaving the Backbone Trail for Saddle Peak East.
A large sandstone boulder, marked "Point 2730" on the topo.
Stay left at the fork for Saddle Peak East, the official Lower Peaks Committee summit. Right leads to Saddle Peak West, the higher of the two summits but situated on a private ratio tower site.
Following a dirt road a short distance to the summit.
Saddle Peak East's flat summit area.

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