Point Mugu State Park, located 15 miles south of Oxnard on Highway One in the Santa Monica Mountains, features five miles of ocean shoreline, with rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and wide grassy valleys dotted with sycamores, oaks and a few native walnuts. There are more than 70 miles of hiking trails. The beach also features swimming, body surfing and surf fishing. The park includes the jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.
DUDE Love this hike. Phenomenal views, somehow gets better and better the higher you go.
I love that it's quick and gets your heart rate up. I used to see firemen run up with their packs to train.
Almost near the top there's a fork in the trail.
If you go left it stays steep and you'll get there pretty fast
If you go right the trial stays pretty flat and gradually goes up, but it will take you 3x the time, maybe add another 30-45min
Overall this hikes a gem
There's a sign at the entrance of the trail (posted January of 2015) that says a 1.14 mile section of this hike has been deemed "too dangerous" and has been closed. I ended up taking another trail. I couldn't tell how this would affect the loop.
It is rated as moderate and it is fairly short but straight up for the first mile with an elevation gain of over 1200 feet. the view is outstanding and if you have weaker hikers with you then do not go left at the fork at the top. stay right. it is a little longer but a milder uphill.
This is my go-to trail when I need a great workout that involves steep elevation, great views and a rewarding downhill challenge.
The hills and trail are still recovering from fire a few years back, careless traffic has widened the trail past its borders in many spots, but the ocean views and ruggedness keep me coming back.
This trail was amazing! It is a bit challenging at some point but not hard. I took my little brother with me and he made it to the top. Views are amazing! I'm not kidding, they're just breathtaking. Loved the notebook at the top, so cute. Honestly I just loved it, can't wait to go back.
Justin S. on Grotto Trail
Very scenic trail for the area it's in. The drought dried up most of the water so there's not much left once you actually reach the grotto, but it was still an enjoyable hike.