This 9.25-mile, ±2,075' climb & descent hike explores the back country of the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains, accessed via Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park.
We'll start and end on the asphalt between the Sycamore Creek Bridge and the Satwiwa Interpretive Center, but will avoid the main trail for the rest of the outing. From the bridge, we'll climb Fossil Trail, gaining over 1,000 feet in just under a mile, but seeing scallop fossils at both the bottom and the top. We'll skirt the lower reaches of Boney Peak on the Old Boney Trail, with amazing vistas of the mountain, the Pacific Ocean, and Sycamore Canyon. We'll take Blue Canyon Trail to the Danielson Multi-Use Area, cross Sycamore Canyon Road to the Sin Nombre Trail, then cross Ranch Center Road, completing the return to the bridge on the Hidden Pond Trail.
The Springs Fire has exposed lots of artifacts of the Broome and Danielson ranching periods in what is now Point Mugu State Park and Santa Monica National Recreation Area. We may also see some wildflowers, but it's pretty late in the season.
This is *not* a gentler hike. We will go at a pace of 2.5 - 3.25 miles per hour, not counting breaks. Novice and intermediate hikers who may feel they're not up to a regular hike should skip this and register for a Thursday hike.
Plan on bringing plenty of water, snacks, and something fairly substantial for our mid-hike break. The weather forecast is for sunny, clear weather, so sun protection would be a really good idea. The trail has plenty of spots with loose rock, so wear sturdy shoes. Hiking poles? Maybe yes.
Please plan on arriving at the Rancho Sierra Vista parking area by 8:45 for a prompt, on-time departure at 9:00 a.m.