A week shy of our 6 year anniversary, we're going to come as close to revisiting the scene of the original crime as possible by hovering above closed La Jolla Canyon before sweeping down the fabled Ray Miller Trail. Piecing together the available data, let's call the mileage 9, the elevation gain 2200,' and the views immeasurable.
This is a shuttle hike- we'll meet in the La Jolla Canyon parking lot, consolidate, then take a few cars (and hikers, hopefully) over to the Chumash Trail parking area 2 miles up PCH. There is a $12 parking fee at La Jolla Canyon, none at Chumash that I remember. Please be on time so we can organize and get moving. If you are late, you can try to catch us by parking at the Chumash Trailhead and racing up the hill.
There is no option for a gentle, gentler, or genteel hike, due to the extended steep climb at the beginning of the hike. Tuesday regulars should be able to handle it, but it is work.
After clambering up the Chumash Trail, we'll take a sharp right just short of Mugu Peak and swing along the edge of Point Mugu. A grassy and woody jaunt across La Jolla Valley should give us a peek at La Jolla Canyon below and the damage the rains caused last year. A couple of rolling miles on the Overlook Fireroad bring us to the Ray Miller Trail, and stunning ocean views accompany us back to the cars. This is a wide, arcing path over, through, and around some of the most inspirational ground the Blazers tread, with ocean views, grass plains, and rocky prominences.
THE ADDRESS LISTED IS APPROXIMATE- THE ACTUAL PARK ENTRANCE IS TWO MILES NORTH/WEST FROM IT.
Take the 101 to Los Posas Rd. Turn left onto PCH. The park entrance is 4 miles, on the left, across the street from Thornhill Broome Beach. The parking lot is 400 yards in, on the left.
If you take Kanan Rd to PCH, turn right and drive 19 miles. The park entrance is on the right, across the street from Thornhill Broome Beach. The parking lot is 400 yards in, on the left.
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