Past Meetup

La Jolla Canyon 12 Mile - Whale Spotting?

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This hike will entail completing the 12 mile loop around La Jolla Canyon. There will be approximately 2,000 feet of climbing so this is a strenuous hike. If you have not comfortably hiked 8-10 miles with 1200+ feet of climbing please consider if you really wish to join us.

Starting up the Ray Miller trail we will climb 1000 feet in the first three miles. Along this trail there are many fine views (as long as the weather helps us). Since the plan is to see if we can spot some migrating whales we will stop a couple places during this climb to get out our binoculars. The shadow of the channel Islands can be seen behind the clouds.

At the top of the Ray Miller trail our trip will take us along the Overlook fire road where we will look down into Sycamore Canyon and on up to the surrounding mountains.

The journey will continue along the Sycamore valley fire road through some of the last remaining stands of native California grassland. We will pop up around Mugu peak with sweeping views of the pacific. We will again stop a few times on this trail to take another look for whales. The hike continues from this point down to La Jolla Canyon and back to the parking lot.

We will start at the Ray Miller trailhead which is ¼ mile into the park from PCH. The trailhead is at the end of the parking lot next to the closed yellow gate. La Jolla Canyon is approximately 20 miles north of Malibu and 10 miles south of Oxnard on PCH.

There is plenty of parking along PCH near the entrance to La Jolla Canyon. There is also parking inside the park using an Iron Ranger that takes only charge cards. I think the cost is $8 but may have changed.