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La Jolla Valley/Canyon Mugu Peak

WHERE: Point Mugu State Park, located in the Santa Monica Mountains, features five miles of ocean shoreline, with rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and wide grassy valleys dotted with sycamores, oaks and a few native walnuts. There are more than 70 miles of hiking trails.

Hike Description: This is an easy to moderate hike for advanced and moderate hikers/ The hike is approximately 10 miles and1950 foot elevation gain. If we have enough time and there is interest we may stop at the Camarillo Outlet Mall to check out Merrill, Columbia, and North Face outlet stores.

Directions to trailhead: Drive up-coast on Highway 1, 32 miles from Santa Monica, to Point Mugu State Park (day-use fee) and park at the Ray Miller Trailhead off the coast highway just and just west of Thornhill Broome Beach Campground.

The hike: The hike begins at the Ray Miller trailhead and shortly up the trail we hook up with the Overlook Trail and traverse through La Jolla Valley Canyon. A second half mile of nearly level canyon walking brings you to another major hiking trail that branches right—Serrano Canyon Trail, an absolute gem. Another easy mile of walking beneath the sycamores brings you to a picnic table shaded by a grove of large oak trees. Continuing down the canyon you’ll pass beneath more of the giant sycamores and soon arrive at Wood Canyon Junction, the hub of six trails which lead to all corners of the park. Bear left on signed Wood Canyon Trail and in a short while you’ll reach Deer Camp Junction. Drinking water and picnic tables suggest a lunch stop. Oak trees predominate over the sycamores along Wood Canyon Creek; however, the romantic prefer the sycamores, some of which have large clumps of mistletoe in the upper branches. You can call it a day here and return the way you came but we will probably make this a loop hike by going by and hiking up to Mugu Peak which will provide spectacular views of the Pacific ocean. As you hike down the canyon back to the campground, the large and cranky scrub jay population will scold you, but don’t let the squawking birds stop you from enjoying one of California’s finest sycamore savannas.

Click here for web site of Point Mugu State Park.

*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers, and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern River Valley Hiking Club - Tulare-Kern Peakbags & Hikes from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

*** Personal Responsibility ***

PLEASE NOTE: No one in the group is a guide or in any way responsible for your comfort or safety. Please be prepared with adequate gear and supplies for the trip. Please remember that going out into wilderness has risks associated with it and you should be aware and prepared to address any changes in weather, road conditions or to look out for/avoid random acts of nature, including insects, wild animals and natural hazards.

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  • Tony S.

    Nice day! Good group and lovely scenery!

    November 20, 2012

  • Larry W.

    I looked at my log for the February trip, when my pedometer wasn't beset by operator error. It was 7.04 miles

    November 20, 2012

  • Rose C.

    I'd love to go, but I can't make it this Monday. I REALLY hope you plan it again soon. Sounds like an amazing hike!

    November 15, 2012

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