Past Meetup

Ray of Light in Malibu


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The heat is expected to break, but let's hedge our bets and convene and cavort in the seaside mist.

Ray Miller hosted campers in La Jolla Canyon for so long, they named the most scenic trail there after him. We'll romp up his trail to the Overlook Fireroad, where we'll overlook the ocean and Sycamore Canyon before heading back down the way we came.

Ray Miller is 2.7 miles long- double that and whatever we tack on at the top, and that's our total distance. We'll decide how far we want to go once we get going. The elevation gain is in the 1200' neighborhood (named after Twelvehundred Feet, a Chumash Indian native).

Lying along the brilliant blue Pacific Ocean at the west end of Malibu (just shy of Port Hueneme), La Jolla Canyon is dotted with groves of chaparral, oak, and sage. The swelling blue ocean is rivaled in beauty by the undulating native California grasslands. Along our way we'll be treated to magnificent sweeping views of La Jolla and Big Sycamore Canyons, and, of course, the largest ocean in the world. On a clear day, the Channel Islands are easily within sight.

Most of the trail is wide open, so sunscreen is a must.

We'll meet in the parking lot near the La Jolla Canyon Trailhead. There is a parking fee in the lot (or free with state parking pass). There is free parking on PCH just a short walk to the parking area (about a quarter mile- plan accordingly). Cell coverage is close to nonexistent in the canyon, so save your lame excuses and be on time.


From Los Angeles, take the Pacific Coast Highway north (22 miles from Malibu Canyon Rd). Across the street from Thornhill Broome Beach is the entrance to La Jolla Canyon. It is very clearly marked. Turn right.

From Ventura, turn left 4 miles after Las Posas Rd.

Drive 300 yards up the road to the parking area.

*please note that the listed address is not exact and check your directions prior to leaving your home



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