Short and Steep
Ladyface is a short hike up a very steep game trail. If a long distance all day hike is what you’re looking for, this is not the hike. If you’re pressed for time and want a short, but strenuous hike with great views, then this hike is a good one.
There are two different ways to the top that I’m aware of. One access point is located at N 34° 8'4.49" W118°45'26.25" off of Kanan Rd. The other, which is the route that is covered in this description, is located further up Kanan Rd. The primary difference between the two routes is that the route that starts at the first starting point is longer, has more elevation gain, but isn’t as steep as the route in this description.
For this hike, don't let the short distance fool you. This is a strenuous hike, rising over 800 vertical feet in just a half mile. The trail offers great views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Agoura Hills. The trail is a game trail that heads more or less, straight up the side of Ladyface.
There is a short section about a quarter of the way up where you can head straight up a steep scramble or head left to a switchback that isn’t as steep, but is very loose and heavily eroded. Both routes join together again at the top of the scramble.
From the top of the scramble, the trail heads straight up to the top of Ladyface on a fairly steep slope. Since it is only 800 feet of elevation gain the climb is over before you know it. The hike distance is only to the top of the peak. There is a game trail that runs along the ridge either east or west of the peak and it is worth exploring.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.