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.
The hike is definitely on a harder side due to elevation gain. The first mile is straight up and gives you a good warm up. When you get to the loop you have two options: keep right and it's gonna be a nice walk on a reasonably flat trail. Great views and a chance to relax after the first mile; keep left when you reach the loop and there will be another pretty steep trail to reach the peak. Together with the first mile it will make a good workout.
The views are fantastic. There is no shade at all, so it makes sense to hike this trail when it's cooler. Hiking boots with a good grip is a must.
Very nice trail and especially if taking your dog. Make sure to keep legs and arms covered because there is a lot of poison oak on the trail as well as ticks looking to grab on to you. Had to knock a tick off my dogs head in the middle of the trail. The last part to the grotto you can't take your dog- so go with a group so some can hold back with the animals.
Moderate in distance maybe, but hard in elevation gain. It's two parts of straight uphill climbing (or creeping for some). Its probably best to do in cooler part of day just because the heat adds to the difficulty. Be mindful of snakes. I heard a dog died recently from rattlesnake bite. Overall challenging and good. If you have joint issues, this hike may be a little much for you.
Easy in and out trail! Pass through one waterfall after camp, follow down alongside the river soon to be hopping river rocks. Really neat, once you get there you can walk underneath the waterfall around to the other side under the rocks. Beautiful last week!
All Trails marks this as "moderate" but because of the quick elevation gain, I would say it's more of a "hard."
This trail is much more popular than I anticipated. Was there yesterday and the lot was full by 9am when I arrived. There was also a large rattlesnake on the trail. So please be aware of your surroundings if you venture up.