Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Point Mugu State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
no shade
6 days ago

Beautiful trail, one of my favorite trails to date!! Really enjoyed the views, great coastal views and mountain sights!! Elevation was very steady and not difficult at all! And I loved that there was plenty of parking, just have to pay the parking fee by hour or for the whole day at $8. Next time I will connect to the Overlook trail in Sycamore and continue to explore. Definitely looking forward to doing this again!

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
9 days ago

Definitely would have done this trail the reverse direction for the ocean views but overall good trail. Some places are over grown so be sure to wear pants when walking through it. Hat and sunscreen recommended!

hiking
over grown
22 days ago

Peaceful trail. Getting to the top is always a challenge but adding the loop is a great way to recover. Currently overgrown and very dry so be mindful of current fire conditions. The return has a little elevation gain but beautiful views of the PCH.

hiking
over grown
23 days ago

Started in the dark at 5:30 am and went counterclockwise to the peak. The way up is steep for the first 0.7 miles but after that it is pretty easy going. Beautiful views from the top at sunrise and as you make your way around to the backside of the mountain the sun is slow to reach up over the other peaks and hit the valley. Significantly cooler on the backside and fairly overgrown in comparison to the ocean facing side. Tons of trail runners out in the morning and this is now one of my favorite hikes in SoCal. I will definitely be back for another sunrise.

mountain biking
over grown
24 days ago

Short but beautiful scenery hike, reaching to the top for a short picnic with ocean view.

This trail can be die for hiking, trail running or mountain biking. Got to see all three types on my hike. This hike is more about endurance(10.2 miles) and building yourself for longer hikes. Nothing too fancy to see. You will see a lot of mountain bikers. Once you arrive to park you can get day pass for $12. It’s up to you if you want to go clock-wise or counter-clockwise. I wanted to save the ocean views for the last part so went counter-clockwise and also easier to see mountain bikers ahead. The first three miles are very wide open, easy and flat. This is the easy part for the mountain bikers and hikers. Once you find the Overlook trail, the hike becomes narrow for a couple of miles and its a gradual incline up about 1,200 feet making a lot of turns. After you pass this part, you will have wide open fire road as you gradually continue your hike. As you finish the last couple of miles going downhill. You will have different scenic views of the ocean. This part is the hard part for mountain bikers as they have to bike hard on incline going up as you’re going down. Very little shade if any on this hike.

Water Spigot at the beginning of the trail head, but then none anywhere else. Relatively moderate climb to overlook and then all downhill. Views are absolutely breath taking . Careful for some little holes and big rocks, but nonetheless a great hike for even the beginners.

Started at the Sycamore Canyon parking lot- there is a fee to park there. We followed the road up canyon to the trail junction. Made the right and started the climb. There are fossils, water and of course poison oak as you climb up canyon to the valley. Once in the valley it opens up to see the Sandstone Peak range providing a nice view and a rest under an oak tree. We traveled up the valley and made it up to the ridge. A quick downhill to Sycamore Cyn and south to the parking lot. The trail is a little overgrown, but not too bad. My Alltrails app showed that it was 10.0 miles. Remember to bring water. There is water all along the route- stream and the spikets along Sycamore Cyn.

From a hiker's perspective there is simply too much asphalt/packed trail. There are plenty of real hiking trails in the Boney Wilderness. This seems more appealing as a biking trail.

Went about 0930 and had some shady spots on the west side of the hills. It’s a nice easy climb for the most part with views of the PCH and ocean. The ocean breezes were welcomed. Parked near trailhead ($3/hr or $8 all day) and no cell service in parking lot. Couldn’t started my lifeline, but handful of people on the trail if I needed anything. Hands down, great trail run!

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Nice trail. Steady climb. Trail is in good shape with limited rocks. no bikes or dogs but many trail runners. report of a rattlesnake near the top but didn't see anything.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Nice steady climb. Trail is in good condition with limited rocks. Had a report of a rattlesnake but didn't see anything. Lots of trail runners but no bikes or dogs.

hiking
no shade
over grown
2 months ago

Beautiful views all around. Back side definitely needs a trimming.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

This is my 3rd time doing this trail and it is still as awesome as it was prior. Though there are only a few places for shade there is a nice breeze when you’re in the canyon and valley. Chumash is the hardest portion which is the first .8(ish) of mile 1. Make sure to come early so you don’t do this in the heat! Bring water ☺️

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

mountain biking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Great loop trail. The ride up was not to difficult, and the ride down was super fun great way to spend an afternoon in SoCal!

Just did this loop on 08/16/19, it was really nice and pleasant. Love the views of the ocean!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Nice loop with a variety of terrain. Went counter-clockwise, easy fire road for beginning of the trail with the trickiest bit in the middle. Recommend taking the Fireline Trail on the way back, cuts off a bit of the distance and is a scenic hiker-only (no bikes!) narrow trail weaving down across the hill. Lots of unshaded area (about 95% no shade), so make sure to bring water and a hat.

running
3 months ago

This is a great spot. It’s like the setting on the treadmill for a mtn incline with switchbacks. You can go all the way back to guadalasca trail and wood canyon. Great ocean vistas. Watch out for snakes. Open trail.

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