For National Trails Day let's join the small animals and birds in La Jolla Canyon on this loop hike with panoramic views of coastline and Channel Islands, phenomenal flower blooms in the spring, and a small spring and waterfall (during wet years), the main attraction (before the fire) are large swaths of native California grassland — some of the last remaining unspoiled areas in the state. We'll head up La Jolla Canyon, loop around La Jolla Valley and return via the Overlook Trail in Sycamore Canyon and Ray Miller trail making this hike a moderate-to-strenuous 9.5 miles with 1,100' net elevation gain.
Post-hike lunch will be at Neptune's Net (http://neptunesnet.com/)
What is National Trails Day®?
National Trails Day® is a celebration of trails that evolved from the report of President Ronald Reagan's President's Commission on Americans Outdoors. In 1987, the report recommended that all Americans be able to go out their front doors and within fifteen minutes, be on trails that wind through their cities or towns and bring them back without retracing steps. The recommendation, dubbed Trails for All Americans, became the impetus behind several public and private parties joining American Hiking Society in launching National Trails Day® in 1993. National Trails Day is always the first Saturday in June.
Every year since 2002 chief selects from the Naval Base Ventura County replace the flag on Mugu Peak. This photo shows the selects from 9/[masked] replacing the flag that was placed by Sailors being advanced to chief petty officer in Sept 2010. The previous flag is retired in a ceremony on the base.
Free Product Give-away
As a "thank you" for organizing our National Trails Day Hike (http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/events/89729592/), Adventure Medical Kits (http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/) is donating a bunch of free samples including:
Easy Access Bandages Ben's Repellent Natrapel Repellent After Burn
I'll have enough for everyone who checks in at the trailhead on time. You can check out these products at their website and learn some survival techniques: http://www.adventurem... (http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/)
Join The American Hiking Society
American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® is the country's largest celebration of trails. Mark your 2013 calendar for June 1 to make sure you don't miss out on our NTD activity!
Join American Hiking Society today and help build and maintain hiking trails, conserve America’s natural landscapes, and ensure that tomorrow’s hiking experience is even better than today’s.
When you join American Hiking Society, you receive the following benefits:
American Hiker, their quarterly magazine A subscription to Backpacker magazine (If you're already a subscriber, your subscription will be extended by one year.) You become a member of the national hiking community The opportunity to participate in members-only Volunteer Vacations You'll have more places to enjoy the outdoors and better trails to hike The opportunity to purchase insurance in case you need emergency assistance while hiking The satisfaction that you’re establishing, protecting, and maintaining hiking trails – and the lands and waters around them
Become a member and make a difference. (http://www.americanhiking.org/Join-Donate/) Tell them hikingwithdean.com sent you!
Direction to trailhead
There is free parking on PCH near park entrance. If you have to park inside there is an iron ranger that accepts credit cards, or maybe even a human at the gate.
From Los Angeles, after a long and relaxing drive down the Pacific Coast Highway (22 miles past Malibu Canyon), you’ll enter Ventura County and pass the so-called “Great Sand Dune.” Across the street from Thornhill Broome Beach is the entrance to La Jolla Canyon. It is very clearly marked. Park on PCH on either side of entrance.
From Ventura: Entrance is a couple miles after Las Posas. Park on land side of PCH on either side of entrance.
Bring hat, sunscreen, plenty of water and snacks.