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Red Rock Canyon Park - Veterans Day Excursion

  • West Red Rock Road Topanga, CA, 90290 United States (map)

Hello everyone,

If you have not yet noticed, we do NOT have class on Wednesday, November 11 due to Veterans Day. So we at BGS decided this would be a perfect time for you to join us on our excursion to Red Rock Canyon Park in the Santa Monica Mountains!

Here are the specifics:

Who: Bruin Geological Survey (led by BGS President Drew)

What: Excursion to Red Rock Canyon Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. Attendees should were proper field attire (sturdy shoes, hat, rain coat if needed, etc.), bring snacks or lunch, and at least 1 liter of water.

Where: W. Red Rock Rd. Topanga, CA 90290

When: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wednesday, November 11

Why: Because Geology rocks!

The geological history of the Santa Monica Mountains (SMM) is quite complex, to say the least. Part of the larger Transverse Ranges, the SMM have been rotated, uplifted, compressed, tilted, and everything in between. While providing us with wonderful rock formations to feast our eyes upon, it has not in anyway provided us with a straightforward  account of its story of creation. Luckily we are geologists, so the twists and folds of the SMM only makes our jobs that much sweeter.

On Veterans Day, we will take a stroll along the trails of Red Rock Canyon Park, located off Old Topanga Canyon Rd. Depending on the interest of the attending group, we may hike up to 5 miles roundtrip. This may include hiking to the top of Calabasas Peak (~2100 ft.) to gain sweeping views of the surrounding area and ocean. However, we are geologists first, and hikers second, so we could end up only walking a few hundreds yards and revealing at the fascinating formations.

Our goal for the day will be to explore the methods used to determine the geological history of a region. This will include looking at the strike and dip of tilted beds, examining grain size and composition of sandstones, identifying volcanic breccia clasts, and finding fossils, if we are lucky! We want this to be an opportunity for you to learn about your local mountain range. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a sophomore studying sociology, or a fourth year studying physics, we want you to come along!

We will have limited spots available in our vehicle. If you drive, we would appreciate if you could help us out and carpool. Everyone is responsible for contributing to the gas fund of their driver.

Please RSVP as soon as possible by shooting an email to with your name and if you will be needing a ride, or can give others a ride.

If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to reply accordingly.
We hope to see you all there!

On behalf of the BGS Board,
Drew Levy
BGS President

Earlier Event: November 8
Exploring Your Universe 2015
Later Event: January 23
BGS Goes to the Beach