Stoney Point Park has a tricky path to rocky views

This rocky landmark in Chatsworth is a worldwide draw for climbing enthusiasts. But it's also a great place to take a walk while watching the climbers practice their art on small rocks at the base and sheer cliffs near the peak.

Begin a counterclockwise tour of Stoney Point Park by entering the recreation area from Topanga Canyon Boulevard, near the steel gate just uphill from the horse stables. To your immediate left, you'll see climbers and climbing teachers working out on some of the lower-elevation rocks.


Circling around the back side of the massive rock escarpment, you'll see multiple trails headed toward the peak. Take any one of them, being mindful of the tricky terrain as you climb.

Near the trail, a rail line leads into a tunnel that carries Metrolink trains and Amtrak's famed Pacific Surfliner through Simi Valley toward Oxnard, Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Follow the contour of the mountain as the trail climbs toward Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

Walk downhill toward the starting point, stopping along here to watch the most adventurous of the climbers attempt the sheer face of Stoney Point.

Fleming is the author of "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles" and "Secret Stairs East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland."

Stoney Point Park hike details

Distance: 1 mile

Duration: 40 minutes

Difficulty: 2 on a scale of 1 to 5

Details: Ample street parking. Dogs on a leash are OK.