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Steep start and end with beautiful views. We saw no one else on the extended back loop, and kept our eyes out for wildlife. Saw birds, rabbits, deer, and seals at sea. Will do again!

hiking
14 days ago

Awesome first hike for a newbie looking for a challenge

It’s pretty vertical in the beginning but indeed the views were amazing.

Beautiful late day walk with my dog- Topa! Couldn't keep out of the water. She had a blast!

hiking
1 month ago

You have to pay $10 to reach the path or park outside the campground and walk about a mile to the path.
We paid to eat in but even then we had to park about half a mile away fro the starting point. It was a laid back hike that takes you through a park first then up a hill and then along the east side of the river.
We just went a week ago and it was very muddy.
Don’t go with a stroller.

Hiked this years and years ago, and it was spectacular. Caution the snakes sunning on the pathway!

hiking
2 months ago

If you are not physically active you may find this hike a bit challenging just because it’s very steep. You will be okay with some in between breaks, it’s totally worth it. View is great!

hiking
2 months ago

Difficult but really good hike, give you a really good workout!

hiking
3 months ago

I’d do it again, but it was a challenge, and there were TONS of mosquitoes.

hiking
3 months ago

If you're a beginner hiker or do not have the greatest cardiovascular endurance, you will find this hike difficult. It's steep with loose dirt/rocks in some areas. I would recommend lots of water, trekking poles and frequent breaks to that group of hikers.

If you've done any of the more serious SoCal hikes like Baldy, San G, San J etc, then this hike is very easy. Again it's steep but its so short and starts at sea level so it won't matter to an avid fit hiker. You'll blast to the top in 20-30 minutes like it's nothing.

All in all a very lackluster hike. The ocean view is nice if you like looking at water, but I find that pretty boring. Point Mugu State Park and the surrounding area was burned a few years back and still has not fully recovered. The trail sees a lot of traffic so there is un-natural erosion, garbage on the trail and graffiti on the rocks. If you can stomach that the trail will provide a good workout so long as you move fast and/or carry a heavy pack for training. Personally I'll pass and hike somewhere else unless I'm really short on time. Ray Miller Trail, Overtlook Trail and Sandstone Peak are all nice alternatives.

First time here, and the trail is much harder than it looks. At the fork, I went in the counterclockwise direction. Felt like I essentially climbed vertically until the top. I’m in decent shape and had to stop and catch my breath a few times. The views are incredible, even on the way down (I came clockwise). I went around 9:30 on a Saturday morning, and it wasn’t too packed. Decent sized parking lot, but there’s also a very large shoulder before the trail entrance, with parking allowed after 5am. No dogs allowed, and no bathrooms. Bring water.

Love finally getting to Eagle Rock peak to enjoy and take in the fantastic views.

hiking
3 months ago

It's a steep climb to the top. Great views of the Pacific, Mugu State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains. Perfect place to train and condition for longer mountain hikes. Lots of birds to watch. Enjoy.

hiking
4 months ago

This was my first time hiking this trail, the initial climb is intense but well worth it, once you get to the top and the trail levels out it’s amazing and great for photos

hiking
4 months ago

Steep incline but definitely worth the workout! Gorgeous ocean views.

Beginning is all uphill-burns the calves. Once you reach level ground the trail continues into the backcountry which is much less crowded and more serene. From the backcountry you’ll approach the peak from the rear-easier than initial assent, but still a solid climb. Views from the peak are great...ocean, mountains, etc. There is also a cool American flag at the top that makes for nice pics. Check out the adjacent state beach after your hike, or drive 10 mins south on PCH for a great lunch at Neptune’s Net restaurant.

Great hike overall. Nice view and workout. Went up with a 20 lb plus pack. I would categorize it as moderate to borderline difficult with that. Bring a map. Found some lost hikers and if you don't know what to look for, you might get lost. BRING BUG REPELLENT. I was destroyed by the mosquitos. Literally around 100 bites on my body. Mainly from beyond the loop a bit, down the valley. Wear loose pants, and bring a rain jacket to protect upper and lower body. Protect... yourself... have fun.

hiking
4 months ago

Unfortunately chased out by mosquitos this morning around 8:45am. People were warning us before we even started in the parking lot. Nearly everyone was warning us on their way down. You don't have enough hands or lotion or swatters to keep them off you. We headed south to hike at Sycamore but it was the same story. Another time. Temperature was nice.

I had to leave after about 15 minutes. In that time, I got roughly 12 mosquito bites. Every time I looked down there was a mosquito either on my arm or leg. I’m sure it’s a cool hike with sweet views but I couldn’t handle it.. I ended up driving to Circle X Ranch and did the Grotto trail.

trail running
5 months ago

Great workout! Quite steep going uphill and going left at the T intersection. Bring lots of water and bug repellant. I was swating mosquitos the whole time. Still got bit 27 times!
The only reason I don’t give it a 5 star is there’s no facilities at the trailhead and parking is really limited. Fortunately most people don’t stay that long. Also, it’s quite popular on weekend mornings so the trail can get pretty crowded.
The view at the peak is spectacular!

Easy trail, not much views besides the small river. There's many interconnected trails. We did the loop in 1hr. They do have signs guiding you to other trails.

This loop was amazing, even on a cloudy day the views were awesome. Make sure to bring bug spray for the back side of the trails!!

hiking
5 months ago

Spectacular views. Hike is rigorous due to the steepness going up. Return hike is all down hill. I recommend hiking shoes and poles would be helpful. Bring plenty of water with you.

Strenuous but relatively short climb (1 mile from PCH trailhead to flagpole.) great views. However, the mosquitoes are fierce, especially early - we started ~7am to avoid heat and even used DEET but still came away with lots of bug bites. So it’s a toss-up in the summer....heat vs bites. Consider going when sun has hit hill and fewer mosquitos are out, may help.

on Mugu Peak Trail

5 months ago

Fun hike, many mosquitoes though.

hiking
6 months ago

You can hike this trail a couple of different ways. At the trailhead you’ll start up a moderately steep incline. Eventually you’ll come to a fork. If you hike this loop counter clockwise, it snakes back and forth up the incline gradually. If you want a real challenge, hike the loop CLOCKWISE. It’s much more rewarding to basically crawl vertically to the top of the point. Once at the top, stop and stay a while. We hiked down continuing clockwise, which was gorgeous as well. Talk about views. Take plenty of water.

6 months ago

Great views but it’s a hard trail

The view is so amazing.

hiking
6 months ago

Not a bad walk. Minimal elevation changes, it's as wide as an access road, so having to squeeze and losing the trail are not an issue. There are picnic tables at the end (in the sun), and one bench (in the shade mid-day). Pretty light blue lake, which you can see the whole way.

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