Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

This trail is the cure for a stressful work week

Biggest lizards I’ve ever seen on a trail! Views are amazing, be prepared for switchback hell

3 days ago

I love this trail. Although some on here have said that it is an easy trail and good for beginners, I will disagree. I’d place it at intermediate. I am an ex smoker, and though I’ve been doing this trail for over ten years, I still find it challenging at times. Best to go on an overcast day or early in the morning, as it can get quite hot. However, if views are your thing then go on a clear day and you won’t be disappointed.

Great hike. Not too hard and gorgeous views. No shade so glad I did it before summer.

17 days ago

Great views and pretty simple hike. You can extend it at various levels and take in the pacific air. If you’ve never hiked, this is a good starter hike. Sunsets are a must from the crest so bring light for the way down. Enjoy!!

mountain biking
21 days ago

Fast fire road. Nothing special, but has access to many other MTB and hiking trails. Excellent for beginner riders and hikers. When starting from the Potrero side, you'll have a couple hundred foot climb at the end.

Pretty easy hike. First few miles are uphill. Great views, lots of wildflowers, beautiful!! Lots of mountain bikers...all friendly and courtesy sharing the trail.

Easy and great ! Great view

Beautiful and fun

Love this hike, I love the feeling of reaching the flag and enjoying the beautiful Southern California views!

28 days ago

Definitely kicked my ass!

mountain biking
29 days ago

Nice beginner X-country type mountain bike trail. Nice climb up to about 1100ft or so, then you get to shred down Backbone. Fast and flowy.

I've hiked this route as well when I don't have time for anything else. If you're a beginner or only hike in the Santa Monicas, this would probably be considered "moderate". But if you frequent the San Gabes or San Bernardinos, this trail will be quite easy. Good place to get your feet wet with trail running as well!

Crowded, but scenic. Watch out for other bikers and hikers.

Fantastic trail. Gradual incline to the top. Very easy hike. Stunning views of the ocean throughout the entire hike. Ocean breeze and sounds and sight of the ocean all the way to the top of the mountain. This hike will not disappoint!!!

Great trail to run and hike. I suggest to bring at least 1-2 water bottles per person. Great views on the ocean too. The sad thing is that no dogs are allowed on this fun hike. Did this hike in around an hour. There’s also a lot of lizards so be careful where you’re stepping especially when you’re doing a running hike. Also check the weather and wind for some clear days. It’s very kid friendly too. But be careful since the peak is a little steep and narrow. It’s a little overgrown too in the beginning. Parking has to be payed too.

Great Hike!

1 month ago

Love this trail, the only bad thing about is that is can get pretty crowded and no parking.

This is an interesting "you did it hike". Its possible to go from the ocean at Sycamore Canyon to Sandestone Peak the highest peakin the Santa Monica Mountains...which is not that high of a range (3111 feet, compared to say Mount San Antonio's 10,064 which is 3 times as tall). The Santa Monica range as a whole is rather slight. But it is a neat kind of thing to say you did, and the one real place in the area where you can do that.

Its also not a bad hike-while its not technically challenging, its got a pretty good elevation gain especially for the pace. At about 22 miles its similar length to Mt. Whitney and may not be a bad test for people who want to practice working on that in a day. It also got a lot of really amazing views from Thousand Oaks to Santa Barabars, passes deep cut valleys, and quite a lot if fascinating sandstone features, and some neat forested tracks.

The hike stars in Sycamore canyon in Pt Mugu state park, which has both Camp Grounds and a nice day park (both of which has fees). If you want there is path underneath a bride that goes to a small short beach thats never the less very pretty-good place to touch the ocean if that's what to do.

The camp ground is maybe a quarter of mile long which you have to walk through(theres a small side trail) before you reach the first big trail-Sycamore canyon trail, a long fire road up the mountain

Which is mostly flat-but pretty. You pass several Creek crossing which is the main challenge, but recently unless there is heavy rains the water that actually crosses them is little to none here. you pass through Chapprel Wilderness-if you come in the winter and spring, it can be very green if not lush, passing oaks, and sycamore. The valley is maybe a quarter mile wide at most spots with gentle slopes on either side, and in the early morning(when i would recommend starting off if your going 22 miles) there is away the shadows give it a shaded translucence.

However about 1.1 miles in-you come to the first decision. There is a fork in the road. You can either go to the west down the Seranno valley trail, or go up 3.9 miles to the Boney trails.
Both meet eventually. Overall the Serano valley route is about a half mile longer. Will briefly go over them seperatly.

On one stage continue hike up Sycamore canyon about 3.9 miles, which is largely the same as before. If your hiking for time in 22 miles this is an easy portion to make it, as there isn't much stoping you from doing it almost as a run if your so incline or a really brisk power walk. There is a couple more divits in stream, and the occasional distraction of some of Southern California many wild parrots, but this is pretty damm easy.

Eventually you meet the Boney trail going south(its scottish). There is some confusion in naming here. Fairly recently the Park Services created the Backbone Trail, which this is a section of-but some of the signs and the people seem to be a big confused on what the name is now-but its not that complicated. Its the second trail to your right to the south (there is a third trail even further up at blue canyon but for those doing this as a day hike i leave this to the crazy, though its not harder just longer)

The boney trail goes up with a single modest switch back up the side of a not to big hill to a ridgeline facing the Boney Wilderness-which maybe does look abit like the Scottish moors-particulary again in winter. You follow the side of the hill through a couple of small dips and turns sometimes out in the open sometime going through shorts bits of chapprel for about 1.2 miles until you hit the connecting path to the serano valley trail which comes of the top of the hill

The alternative Serrano valley is probably more scenic. it trails up the side canyon down a smaller trail for about a mile going gradually up hill along a creek that usually has water, to a more pronounced oak forest hiking gradually and fairly modestly up along the path of the stream, passing rocks and quick turns and a couple of modestly wide river crossings-this is the more technically challenge section of the trail in terms of path finding and following but its never to to tricky. Eventually after about 2.9s you come up the side of the hill to the Serano valley, which is a giant meadow out of a storybook. It probably is one of the more beautiful places in southern California, a big bowl of the valley. up above you, way up above you is Sandstone peak, one of the better places to see it-its tall. Very tall. turn north and hike up a mile up a windy path to meet the Boney Trail.

Both routes now hike .8 miles which is similar to the boney trail but features a lot of great views of whats in front of you-a big rideline filled with a number of strange odd looking sandstone formations, Tripeaks is the biggest a big weird mass of rock half cracked up, but there a number beside it.
The trail has a couple of more dips in valleys but not to bad or many as you go up and up ac

Definitely go early if you could. Trails get busy later during a day. Valley loop part is usually nice quiet. Really pretty and satisfying trails.

A view is beautiful and rewarding. Quiet early morning. Busy and noisy later during a day.

2 months ago

This is a wonderful hike. It gets pretty steep so just be sure this is the right hike for you!

Loop is closed. Assuming walk-in campground is part of closure too? I looked all over for it. Took Ray Miller 2.7 mile trail to the fire road. Never found LaJolla walk-in camp.

It was a clear day and the view from the top was incredible.

Nice trail for mountain biking and hiking in the summer. Shady, but watch for snakes. Best route is to go toward Newbury Park from PCH. Dogs not allowed.

Photos included here are NOT of this trail - this out and back trail does not include views of the ocean, those were taken from the overlook trail that is beside this trail. This is an ocean-level walk through the canyon, which looks nice but is not scenic. I don’t recommend this trail so much for hikers or runners, it is primarily mountain bikers, and there are a lot of them. Really just a long flat walk. I would skip it and opt for the hills around you.

2 months ago

I live in Ventura and have been doing arroyo with my son(4 years old) but in my mind it's more of a dog park attraction than it is prized for it's trails. have been running up some switchback in Ojai too but mugu is a great next level uphill run. perfect little pre work 3 mile dash that goes just fine with some morning weights at the gym after for that leftover fuel. great views, obviously busy on weekend, but probably just fine when those weekend warriors are back at work. enjoy.

2 months ago

Definitely a moderate, but hiking boots and poles aren’t required. I made it just fine in my normal running shoes I usually hike in. Views the entire way were incredible!

We did it! What a work out! The views are amazing!

mountain biking
2 months ago

My husband and I bike have always loved biking through here, we now take our son in a single bike trailer and it’s great! The picnic area in the beginning is gone now unfortunately, but there is another bench much farther in off the main trail

Great hike and the views are incredible. Definitely check the wind conditions before you drive out here. The wind was very strong while we hiked, which was okay for us adults but would have been too strong for kids.

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