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Chumash Trail - Mugu Peak Loop

Just because there’s going to be a party, doesn’t mean we can’t get in a hike beforehand…



The Chumash Trail climbs 900 feet in the first .7 miles to a saddle...

…which overlooks the La Jolla Valley Natural Preserve which is filled with native grasses and hopefully, spring flowers. We’ll hike through the valley, loop around back to the saddle, and then finally down to the trailhead.

Distance: 4.5-mile loop

Time: 2.5 hours to 3 hours depending  on the speed of the group.

Dogs: Not allowed – sorry.

Parking: Free

Bathrooms: You might want to stop at any of the public beaches if going north on PCH or the Jack in the Box on Los Posas Road on the right after crossing over the 101.

Please bring at least one quart of water and a snack. Wear good trail or hiking shoes as the trail descending down to the parking lot will laugh at anything less gripping. Sunblock is recommended since only about 25% of the trail is in shade.

Also, since this is strawberry season, there are lots of roadside stands selling what Oxnard does best.

Going north on PCH, the trailhead is 16.8 miles  past Malibu/Kanan Dume Road. Going north on the 101, get off on Los Posas Rd. and head west to PCH/Highway 1. Go south on PCH for 2.3 miles to the large parking lot on the left. Either way, look for the large orange metal tower which is directly across from the parking lot.


View from the trail. 

Definitely has the Wow factor.







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The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.
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  • Belen

    We got late..traffic on the 60FW, 4 lanes closed. We were coming from Moreno Valley, sorry we did not meet with the group, but we went hiking by ourselves, nice place we end up taking the wrong trails back so end up on Sycamore campground, ja ja that was a long hiking but it was beautiful.

    April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Sherry. On these hikes, I'm seeing parts of California I've never seen before. Good job.

    April 7, 2013

  • Leticia G

    Excellent!!! Thank you for encouraging me Sherry!!! Beautiful views!!!!

    April 6, 2013

  • Eric

    Great hike! Challenging and beautiful. Well organized and run. The leader was attentive to everyone on the hike.

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm at Cross Creek Road where the shopping center is. The addresses say 22000 PCH. Have I passed it (9000PCH)?

    April 6, 2013

  • Shilpi R.

    I am coming from the Silverlake Area and would love to carpool with someone for this hike tomorrow morning. [masked]

    April 5, 2013

    • Evan

      Can you pick me up in SM or the South end of Malibu?

      April 6, 2013

  • Lee Z.

    Sherry....where do you find these great venues??? I cannot go as I will do the Friday night hike and too much to do

    April 4, 2013

    • Sherry

      You are truly an amazing judge of character. Your ability to peer into the human soul and describe it so aptly is astounding. Thank you so much for taking the time to appreciate the awesomeness of my being.

      April 5, 2013

    • Larry T

      OMG (rolling my eyes)

      April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a gr8 hike. I am looking for someone to carpool with from the South bay area. Email me or call [masked]

    April 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good plz call or give me your #

      April 5, 2013

    • Leticia G

      I will send you a text!

      April 5, 2013

  • carol

    Damn Sherry, wish I could do this hike, going to San Diego on Thursday night.

    March 31, 2013

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