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15 days ago

Closed. Fire.

The trail is closed :(. Due to fire damage!

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17 days ago

Awesome first hike for a newbie looking for a challenge

Worth the hike up and back. Beautiful views!

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

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1 month ago

Burned our.

Beautiful hike with shade, views, and a range of terrain and scenery. Great for a short hike on a lazy day to build an appetite.

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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!

I wish it would be longer but it’s still a nice stroll. Good place to get away and clear your head.

Excelente en un dia soleado ya que hay bastante sombra durante casi todo el camino .. solo un consejo lleven calzado apto para el terreno al llegar a la cascada pueden escalar un poco ... ahorita no hay agua pero aun asi vale la pena caminar por aqui el recorrido es muy facil ...

Nice start with good views and pretty scenery, but the detour is overgrown and more difficult than the rest of the trail.

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3 months ago

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

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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.

easy two mile hike
I did this hike as a night hike. beautiful And peaceful trail. once you get to the grotto you will see a bit of water. I'm assuming that when it rains, must he amazing.
avoid parking by the campsite, you will get kicked out. you can park on on the top entrance or on mullohand drive will take you straight to the trail
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I've walked this trail plenty of times. Usually to take some friends that just want a simple walk in the woods that isn't too strenuous. Though it isn't my favorite. As other have mentioned parking is minimal and it is pretty congested. It's great after showers. If it wasn't for the crowd and location I would've given it another star. Bottom line: neat trail, parking sucks, initial paved road, and congestion.

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.

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3 months ago

We loved this hike and did the full loop. I’m so glad for the other reviewers’ notes. We came prepared with a pen to fill out the parking fee form and the $4. We also arrived by 8:30 AM — there were two other cars in the parking lot (by the time we left there were about 6 cars). Unlike another reviewers notes, there are actually two parking lots, and it looks like they hold about 6-7 cars each.

There is a full-time resident ranger on the property, which is great. We also left no visible belongings in our vehicle to prevent any possible theft interest — you’re out in the wilderness and quite a ways from nearby rural-area homes, so someone would really have to go out of their way to drive up the meandering road to get to cars and break in.

The bathrooms are well maintained, compared to other California facilities.

We used the GPS continually from All Trails and were super glad to have it because there are many trails in the this area. From the get-go we started on the wrong trail, and the GPS reoriented us and kept us in the right spot. Thank you!

We found the trail to be fairly well maintained. There are some inclines that require some average fitness, but nothing too bad. And you do have to keep watching that you don’t stumble over a rock, because much of the trail has rocks that could trip you up. The scenery is fantastic!!! Highly recommend.

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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.

3 months ago

A fun and relatively easy hike. You start in North Ranch and end in a vista and loop around. It gets really hot, so start early in the morning. While a nice hike, I like others in the area more for some reason (Wildwood/Sycamore Cyn/Lang Ranch Simi are).

Amazing scenic trail. The upper falls is a challenge to get up and down but well worth the effort.

https://youtu.be/ngpoK3gJhhE

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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

3/4 mile walk to trailhead from parking. Crossed 2 different snakes within the first .25 mile of trailhead. One was red and black

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4 months ago

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

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.

4 months ago

Definitely a fun hike. Not very challenging in the beginning but does get difficult if you want to climb to the second waterfall. The worst part is how far you have to park before the hike even starts. The main trail is mostly covered so it’s not as hot. As dude to the best the waterfall is nonexistent. If you want to see water you should wait until a big storm, which in SoCal rarely happens. We went with our two year old and made it just fine. Enjoy and be sure to drink plenty of water.

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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 really enjoyed this hike. However, the grotto was actually hard for me to find! When you get to the bottom of the ravine, there’s a wide open shaded space. From here, it was unclear where to go. I tried two ways. To the right there is a small trail. I followed it for about a mile but it was overgrown by tall grass and seemed to never end. I circled back and went left from that open area. There are lots of rocks here. It didn’t seem clear that I was on a trail. Then suddenly there are large boulders. They can be challenging to climb but if you go up to right, you can more easily navigate down. Eventually you’ll see the grotto beneath you. To get to it, you have to go up to the right and scale more rocks. This then brings you back down to the ground level with the grotto! Woo! I got a little lost getting back out. Watch out for poison ivy!

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.

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5 months ago

Definitely MODERATE, not easy. Very pretty but lots of rocks so watch your step!!

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