If you only do one hike with us, make it this one. I am announcing it well in advance to allow you to avoid or reschedule other activities.
Our first hike was Sycamore Canyon in Newbury Park, and this one will be at the other end of Syc Cyn by the PCH. It will be more difficult than our other hikes, but certainly within the capabilities of advanced beginners on up. Please, no dogs on this one.
It's a 4-mile loop with an altitude gain of...well, I don't know, but it will be enough to make you breathe harder, that's certain. If someone comes with a GPS perhaps you can tell us what the gain is.
We'll begin heading north on the Sycamore Canyon fire road. This section is not too exciting, but if you are paying attention you just might see a flock of brilliantly colored green parrots. Yes, parrots! I saw them a week ago when I scouted out this hike and have seen them more than once in Sycamore Canyon. You'll know they are near if you hear them squawking away like lunatics.
After Parrot Valley we'll start our ascent up the single-track Fireline Trail where you'll use your lungs and legs for just over a mile until we reach the Overlook Fire Road. If you look to the north you'll see the magnificence of Boney Mountain and as we continue southward you will be treated to the grand serenity of the Pacific.
We'll exit the Overlook and take a short connector trail to the aptly named Scenic Trail where we can reach a viewing area on the cliffs above the PCH.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL HERE AND DO NOT APPROACH THE EDGE!
Take your pictures, drink your water and remind yourself how lucky you are to live in a beautiful part of the world where you can enjoy hikes like this.
Directions: Get on the PCH and a few miles south of Las Posas you'll find the entrance to the Sycamore Canyon campground opposite the beach at Sycamore Cove. You can park inside the campground, but you'll pay a fee of $12 or so. You can park for free on the PCH, but be extraordinarily careful when you make your mad dash across that highway, which is an exceptionally dangerous road.
How to Find Us: Follow the road into the campground and just keep walking northward through the campground. At the end of the campground is the trail head. We'll gather there.
Known Dangers include rattlesnakes, precipices, some poison oak on the Scenic Trail and the possibility of hyperventilation over the beauty you will behold. By attending this hike you agree not to hold me responsible for anything but your good time. Please be careful.
Here are a couple of pictures I took on this hike last week.