PM Blaze: Chu-Mu Loop! (Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike)

Hello Blazer!

This is a fast-paced conditioning hike for intermediate-level hikers and above.

The PM Blazers are a fun but experienced and very fit hiking group...please carefully read the write-up below before signing up!

This is a new PM Blaze route that I think the group will enjoy...due to the winter days, plan is to do one of the shorter loops to Mugu Peak, so about 6-7 miles round trip and 1500 feet of gain.

Please also note that the guest feature is not activated for this meetup. On all my hikes, I expect everyone coming to have signed up themselves, read the write-up, and arrive informed and prepared.

Hope to see you on the trails,

Mark

 

Time for the next meet-up of the fit and fabulous PM Blazers!

Our afternoon PM Blazes are conditioning hikes intended for people hiking at an intermediate level or above and seeking time outdoors with fun and friendly people sharing similar interests and fitness goals.

Our hike format emphasizes easy-to-access and scenic 5-8 mile conditioning routes with intermediate-level elevation gains, a total hiking time of 2-3 hours at a moderate to fast pace, periodic rest and sightseeing stops, and optional technique discussions and conditioning exercises (based on individual and group interest).

We schedule our PM Blazes as late in the day as the season allows, minimizing hiking in the dark while encouraging people with a variety of work and home schedules to get great conditioning hikes in during the week and tune-up for weekend adventures.

Here is info on our scheduled hike…hope to see you there!

 

Chumash Trail/Point Mugu Loops

Hike Type:  Conditioning

Level:  Intermediate

Route Type:  Lollipop or out & back

Distance:  3-9 miles

Elevation gain: [masked] feet

Terrain:  Trail & fire road

Dogs allowed: No

 

Route summary:

Our hike will take us 3-9 miles roundtrip, usually on one of several possible loops at the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains. All the routes involve ascending and/or circumnavigating Mugu Peak and offer terrific Pacific views.

Our route will begin at the Chumash Trail trailhead off Pacific Coast Highway, and proceed northerly and steeply up for about a mile to a ridgeline below Mugu Peak. Once we reach the ridgeline, we have the option of turning easterly to summit or loop in front of Mugu Peak or continuing north into La Jolla Valley. If we head for La Jolla Valley, we will normally loop around and summit Mugu Peak via one of several trails of increasing distance, but have the option of doing an out and back as well.

However we make our way to Mugu Peak, we will enjoy the amazing views there and return back via the Chumash Trail. Though a shorter, steeper, slightly lesser known trail than the nearby Ray Miller Trail, the Chumash Trail nevertheless offers excellent views of the Pacific on our way down.

The initial section of our hike is on open hillsides and ridgelines immediately exposed to the ocean, as are our routes to and around Mugu Peak. If we go into La Jolla Canyon, the area is more protected from the ocean and can be warmer. Since we begin at the beach and reach exposed areas immediately above the Pacific, as well as areas some distance from the ocean, weather can range from calm and humid to misty with ocean winds to quite warm and dry conditions.

We will stop at Mugu Peak and/or a secondary point if we enter La Jolla Valley or circumnavigate Mugu Peak, to grab a snack and enjoy the great views.

 

Essentials:

Please wear – brush-resistant pants, one or more wicking shirts appropriate to the temperature, comfortable hiking shoes or light boots, your favorite undergarments and accessories, and a light backpack.

Please bring – at least two liters of water, snacks, an extra layer of clothing, a charged cell phone, identification, a headlamp, a small first-aid kit, bug repellant and sunscreen, a waterproof shell if rain is forecast, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail.

 

Parking:

There is free daytime parking in the Chumash Trail parking lot on the north side of the Pacific Coast Highway.

Please do not leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead.

 

Directions:

From the west – Take PCH east from Camarillo. The Chumash Trail parking lot is about 2 miles east of Las Posas Road on the north side of PCH. Turn left when you reach the parking lot entrance, which is across the street from a lookout tower and parking lot on the south side of PCH.

From all other directions – Take your favorite way to PCH and go west. The Chumash Trail parking lot is on the north side of PCH, about 23 miles west of Malibu Canyon Road and 13 miles west of Decker Canyon Road (Route 23). Turn right when you reach the parking lot entrance, which is across the street from a lookout tower and parking lot on the south side of PCH.

 

DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:

The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.

If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS!

 

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  • Carol G

    Loved and occasionally cursed the Chumash ascent. Great workout – I enjoyed chasing Ted the rabbit up the hill. Great and memorable hike. Thanks, Mark, and thanks especially for the use of your poles on the down! We'll miss youuu!

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Bob D

    since i am still "transitioning" fm some of the AM to the PM hikes, truly got a sense of the esprit de corps of tonite's PM Blazers , up and around Mugu Peak. thanks

    1 · December 9, 2012

    • Mark

      We are a fun group...once you catch us!

      December 9, 2012

  • Ted

    Thanks. The ascent to the top of Mugu was stair master worthy.

    2 · December 9, 2012

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