Explore the most popular walking 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

hiking
4 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.

Really enjoyed this. Challenging, beautiful views & well-marked trails. Took my little chihuahua with me and had a blast. Not very packed on the day I went (monday afternoon). Go to the tippy top to see the statue. The rock can be challenging to scale but both my chihuahua and I did it just fine.

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

hiking
18 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
22 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!

hiking
29 days ago

Definitely kicked my ass!

mountain biking
30 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!

hiking
1 month ago

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

My favorite Malibu hike! Beautiful summit views, especially at sunrise. The final climb will make your legs burn, but the payoff is so worth it!

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

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