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How Green Was My Valley?
As green as this--beautiful La Jolla Valley, looking north from trail to Point Mugu Peak.
The last time we did this route as an evening conditioning hike was when I co-led with Cyndee on 9/21/09 with Outdoors Club (http://www.outdoorsclub.org/event.php?event_id=18618)--over a year ago! So it's time for a re-do, and this time it's especially for Monica.
If you've been wondering about conditioning hikes, e.g. our speed and itching to try one, then this is a great one. Not for beginners because it's quite steep, but a short, good workout with a nice break at the top to enjoy the views and wait for everyone to catch up. We'll hike as a group on the way down.
Speedier hikers can go ahead, and we'll have a sweep (Robert or me) at the back, so you won't be alone.
Hike is cross-posted with The Calabasas Day Hikers Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/calabasasdayhikers/).
Weather forecast (http://www.venturaweather.com/)shows mostly clear, so we'll have fantastic views of the mountains, ocean and islands.
No guests or "plus ones" please. For liability reasons we must have everyone join the group, and agree to the standard Meetup "Terms of Service", especially section 6.2, here (http://www.meetup.com/terms/).
Don't show up unless you're on the "I'M GOING" list.
Meeting Place: Chumash Trailhead, Point Mugu State Park, Pacific Coast Highway (HWY 1). It's opposite the orange tower of the navy firing range and
From the north/Oxnard/Camarillo:
2.3 miles south of the Las Posas Road/Pacific Coast Highway intersection.
From the south:
About 2 miles north of the La Jolla Canyon Trailhead in Point Mugu State Park.
also, about 6.8 miles north of Neptune Net (restaurant), 42505 Pacific Coast Hwy (PCH)
Malibu, CA[masked]. Neptune Net is on the south-west corner of Yerba Buena Road and PCH.
You can see the trailhead on bottom left corner of this map:
Time: Arrive earlier and have packs on, ready to leave promptly at 5:00PM. If you get there at 5:01PM, we'll be gone.
Estimated Stats: 4.5 - 5 miles/1,550'.
Terrain: Single track.
Level: Moderate because it's steep.
Bring: Snack, water, first aid kit, camera, trekking poles if you like using them. We return before sunset, but you should always carry a headlamp (I have extras to lend), bug spray.
Wear: Lug soles, layers, long pants and sleeves for brush and tick protection, layers (it can be chilly on top).
Dogs: This is a state park, so no dogs allowed.
Sunset: 7:11. Twilight: 7:36PM
FYI: There's a porta-potty at the trailhead.
Wetlands at Point Mugu:
The Chumash Trailhead.
Can you see the orange tower in the middle of the photo? When driving, slow down as soon as you see the tower. The trailhead entrance is hard to spot, but it's directly opposite the tower, on east side.