August 15, 2015 - OCEAN BREEZES - Mugu Peak via the Chumash Trail; La Jolla Valley Grasslands and the Ray Miller trails
Distance: ~10 mile loop
Gain: About 1500', mostly in the first mile
Rated: Moderate ++ (significant gain at start and overall hike length)
Time: ~ 5 hours hike time
Description: Let's cool off by the ocean! This 10 mile hike will take us to Mugu Peak (moist air, sea breezes and temperatures should be ~20 degrees cooler than Santa Clarita!). Depending on the time of day, we may be immersed in sea fog (yum!), sunshine, or a mixture of both as it burns off. I was there recently and the wind driven fog streaming over the peak and the sun breaking through was almost surreal....and refreshing!
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We start on the Chumash trail and head straight up, up, up, to Mugu peak because the usual route, La Jolla Canyon, was badly damaged by floods and is now closed. After enjoying the highest point in the hike and completing most of the gain, we then head down a bit and turn East into the La Jolla Valley. We traverse a large grassland area, with views of the Boney Mountains (below), the highest peaks in the Santa Monica Range.
Finally, we arrive at a burned out "Hike-In" campground. We will stop near here to snack and rest up a little. Then it is some more gain as we head back West and up on the Overlook fire road to meet the Ray Miller trail. This trail drops us back at the La Jolla Canyon parking area where we will have staged a few cars for a shuttle earlier. Then it is a short distance back North on PCH to where we left most of our cars in the Chumash Trail parking lot.
Meet in Santa Clarita to Carpool: Meet us at the WALMART parking lot (NOTE: this is not Towsley!!!!). Address is 27931 Kelly Johnson Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.
The store is on the corner of the intersection of Copper Hill and Newhall Ranch Road. Meet at at 6:45AM in the Southwest corner of the parking lot. After we organize the carpools, we leave at 7:00AM SHARP and caravan to the Chumash Trail parking lot off Hwy 1 (PCH). Directions to the trailhead are below, if you prefer to go directly.
Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas - THX.
Meet your leader at the Trailhead:
Meet at the Chumash Trail parking lot trail head between 8:15 AM and 8:30AM. We will depart up the trail at 8:45 AM SHARP (after we have put some cars on PCH, near the La Jolla Canyon trailhead, about 2 miles south).
Directions from Santa Clarita to the Chumash Trail parking lot:
Take Newhall Ranch road for 2 miles West from the Walmart meeting place over the 5 Freeway, where it becomes CA-126 heading West toward Ventura.
Follow CA-126 W, 34.9 miles until Exit 5 from CA-126 W to merge on to CA-118 East, toward Saticoy. Continue until the road T's . Turn right on to Santa Clara Ave, which becomes Rice Ave and eventually merges into Route 1 (PCH) turning South.
Stay on PCH passing Point Mugu Naval base on the right, until you are by the ocean and see a SEABEES firing range in the sand dunes on the right - the parking lot is on the left. Turn left into the "Chumash Trail" parking lot - WATCH FOR CARS AND MOTORCYCLES AS YOU TURN ACROSS PCH INTO THE LOT.
Bring: Poles if you have them, lunch/ snacks, bug spray and bug net (just in case), 3 liters of water. SUN SCREEN/ lip balm as this trail has very little shade. Depending on conditions, the views can be spectacular, so bring your camera. There have been recent reports of mosquitos, so just in case, pack a bug screen for your face ($4 at Walmart) and some bug spray.
Adventure Pass: Not required .
Dogs: Sorry, dogs are not allowed on this trail.
Leader: Steve I.