This is one our easier hikes as we hike the Boney Mountain area starting at the trailhead off of Wendy and Potrero. We will keep this short in the 7 miles range.
Our hikes are afternoon conditioning hikes for people hiking at an intermediate level or above, and enjoying 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 Malibu-area conditioning routes with[masked] foot elevation gains, a relatively fast pace with a single rest stop, and optional technique discussions and conditioning exercises (based on individual and group interest). Total hiking time is normally 2.5-3 hours.
We schedule our hikes as late in the day as the season allows, minimizing hiking in the dark while encouraging people with a variety of schedules to get one or more conditioning hikes in during the week and tune-up for bigger adventures.
Here is info on our scheduled hike…hope to see you there!
Boney Trail & Sycamore Canyon Area
Hike Type: Conditioning
Route Type: Out & back or loop
Distance: 6-8 miles
Elevation gain:[masked] feet
Terrain: Double & single-file trail
Dogs allowed: No
This hike will take us 6-8 miles roundtrip on a scenic trip around the northwestern end of the Santa Monica mountains, offering great views of Point Mugu, the Pacific, and the offshore islands. Our route and total distance can vary based on the group, available time, and weather conditions. We will generally choose routes with extra elevation gain, to complement the open and rolling paths of this area. Overall, the mix of hills and open paths will provide us with an opportunity for a fairly fast-moving and quite scenic afternoon hike.
Our route begins on flat and fairly wide paths, as we make our way for a mile or more into the reservation from the parking lot on Potrero Road. Our general movement will be east, toward an ascent of the hills of Point Mugu State Park, with the option of taking one or more cross paths through the gathering foothills. Route options include detouring south across Sycamore Canyon and taking the fairly athletic access road and Fossil Trail. After completing our ascent, we loop back in a westerly direction until we reach Potrero Road, again with the option of varying our route via cross paths.
Most of this hike is hilly or rolling trail, with a mix of tree-shaded and bushy terrain. Weather can range from calm and humid to misty with ocean winds to quite warm and dry conditions. We will stop at or near the height of our ascent to grab a snack and enjoy the great late afternoon views, before making our descent.
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 repellent and sunscreen, a waterproof shell if rain is forecast, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail.
Free off-street parking is available on Potrero Road, at the end of Wendy Drive.
Please do not leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead.
From the west on 101 – exit on Wendy Drive and go south (toward the ocean) almost 3 miles until Wendy Drive ends, and then park in the dirt lot on Potrero Road.
From the east on 101 – exit on Lynn Road and go south (toward the ocean) about 4 miles, turn left on Wendy Drive and go just over a half mile until the Wendy Drive ends, and then park in the dirt lot on Potrero Road.
From PCH – turn up Malibu Canyon Road (at Piuma Road, Malibu Canyon Road changes name to Las Virgenes Road). Drive 9.5 miles from PCH, and take the 101 west (away from LA). Exit on Lynn Road and go south (toward the ocean) about 4 miles, turn left on Wendy Drive and go just over a half mile until the Wendy Drive ends, and then park in the dirt lot on Potrero Road.
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. 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 Malibu Hiking 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 events. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY: This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from hikes, or for any injuries or accidents before, during, and after group hikes. If you sign up and come on this hike outing you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and agree to participate in the hike/outing. No +1s or guests allowed at Malibu Hiking events. All attending must be group members.
All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
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