Serrano Valley - Intermediate

Join us for a great loop hike to beautiful Serrano Valley in Pt. Mugu State Park in Malibu. It is quite scenic and should still be green this time of year. It should be a great day for hiking - sunny and a comfortable 70 F or so.

Difficulty: Intermediate
There are no steep inclines on this hike and we'll keep a moderate pace.  There will be some uphill though and due to the distance I'd consider it an intermediate level hike. If you are unsure if this is something you are ready for, please contact me (Stein).

The Plan:
We will meet in the oval parking lot on the left just past the gate of the Sycamore entrance of Pt. Mugu State Park. There will be trees in the middle and we'll be across from the bathrooms (see photo). We'll meet at about 10:45 AM, do some stretching and introductions etc. and get started at 11:00 AM sharp.

We'll start heading up the Sycamore fire road and for about 3.5 miles and then we'll head up a trail that takes us to Serrano Valley. We'll stop for a lunch break while enjoying the views before heading back a different way through Serrano Canyon.

Distance:
About 9.5 miles.

Time Required:
I expect about 4 hours or so.

What To Bring:
- Hiking boots or trail running shoes
- Hydration system (best) or bottle with water or Gatorade etc.
- Sun screen
- Sun glasses
- Some food/snacks for lunch
- Cell phone
- Consider hat
- Consider bug spray
- Consider camera

Directions:
Click here for Google directions to the meeting spot.

Parking:
Parking in the lot is $12. There is also a lot on the other side of the highway. If you park along the highway, make sure you watch the signs. I believe there is no parking allowed any more near the entrance in order boost park revenues.

No Shows:
It is inconsiderate to the organizer and anyone on the waiting list to RSVP and not show up, therefore I am registering no-shows. For this event you need to change your RSVP to "No" minimum 1 hour before the start of the event. If you have multiple no-shows on your record you may not be admitted to events where there are people on the waiting list.

DISCLAIMER:
As event organizers we assume absolutely no responsibility for you on our hikes. We are simply "hiking buddies", nothing more. If you choose to participate on any of our hikes you assume all responsibility for yourself and agree not to hold us liable in any way. Make sure you do not participate on a hike you do not feel capable of doing without putting yourself or your health at risk. If in any doubt, please research the event further and/or contact organizers.

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  • Amy

    Thanks, Stein.
    You are a patient leader.

    April 30, 2013

  • Sam

    Thank you Stein and friends for a great hike. It was beautiful and fun!

    1 · April 28, 2013

    • Stein

      You're welcome. Hope it was worth the drive.

      April 30, 2013

  • Neha K

    Stein, thank you for the wonderful Hike. And thank you for waiting after until later. Thanks to Michelle too for waiting!

    April 28, 2013

    • Stein

      You're welcome. Great to meet you Neha.

      April 30, 2013

    • Stein

      Thanks a lot for posting the GPS data.

      April 30, 2013

  • Stein

    Well, the valley was not quite as green as I had hoped but it still was a great scenic hike. Great to meet a bunch of new faces as well. Thanks for coming out everyone. I posted my pictures here:
    http://www.laoutdoors.org/photos/14622032/

    April 30, 2013

  • Santhosh

    Hikers! Uploaded photos. Sorry for the delay. It was a great hike with bunch of amazing friendly people. Thanks Stein! Thanks Everyone!

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Zack

    Sorry Stein, I went to the wrong park entrance. See you next time

    April 27, 2013

    • Stein

      That's too bad. I got your message but I had bad reception so I used a friend's phone to call you but could not get a hold of you. Then I actually drove over to that entrance to look for you but you at about 11:15 but you were not there.

      April 27, 2013

  • Donna

    Well. I was there at 10:50 but was either on the wrong side of the street or ??? (I parked on the side of the beach). Anyway, crossed the street over to the trail and tried to catch up but perhaps the group took a different way?

    April 27, 2013

    • Stein

      Sorry you missed us Donna. We actually waited until after 11:30 before we left as a few people had some issues with parking situation. We were by the red cross I drew on the photo I posted as I figured that would make it clearer.

      1 · April 27, 2013

  • Nallely L.

    I'm looking for parking

    April 27, 2013

  • Santhosh

    I am looking for parking too

    April 27, 2013

  • Kristi

    Parking lot is full. Looking for other parking. Please don't leave!

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heading over. But 10 min late. Please wait for me.

    April 27, 2013

  • Laura

    Sorry Cant make it.

    April 27, 2013

  • Lesa M.

    Sorry, just discovered their website says even leashed dogs aren't permitted on trails or fire roads. BIG bummer.

    April 27, 2013

  • Micaela

    No carpool

    April 27, 2013

  • Stein

    If you come from the Valley, make sure you take Kanan/Kanan Dume Rd to PCH. Any other road will be very slow and windy.

    April 24, 2013

    • Lesa M.

      Hi Stein- are small friendly dogs allowed on this one? If so, I'd like to carpool from Sherman Oaks, if possible. Will depend on dog allowance. Thank you.

      April 26, 2013

  • michael

    I live in NOHO, would love to carpool, am willing to drive if people don't mind an old car.

    April 26, 2013

  • Neha K

    Anyone driving from Valley? We can Carpool.

    April 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am actually going to be in woodland hills area around 10am which is on the way to Malibu. If someone picks me up, I can chip in for gas.

      April 26, 2013

    • michael

      I am into carpooling. You can email me at [masked] or give a call at[masked]

      April 26, 2013

  • Micaela

    anyone coming from Torrance/south bay?

    April 24, 2013

    • Sam

      I am coming from Orange County, up the 405. I will carpool with all who need a ride. Email me sam_92841 at yahoo dot com.

      April 26, 2013

    • Micaela

      Hi Sam, just saw ur post. I would appreciate a ride u you can?

      April 26, 2013

  • michael

    I live in NOHO, would love to carpool, am willing to drive if people don't mind an old car.

    April 26, 2013

  • Pablo L.

    I live in South Central close to 110 and 105 fwy...If there's anybody going from around this area, please let me know...I am willing to pitch in for gas and parking...thanks

    April 25, 2013

  • Amy

    first time join hiking group, a little nervous, I driving from San Gabriel Valley, anyone from there?

    April 25, 2013

  • Susan

    Is there anyone coming from Santa Monica/ the westside that I can catch a ride with?

    April 25, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Yeah...Stein is back

    April 24, 2013

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