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Point Mugu State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains is a great way to experience the west coast and the Pacific Ocean. The park features five miles of ocean shoreline, where you can find unforgettable hikes along wildflower dotted rocky bluffs, kick off your shoes on sandy beaches, run down sand dunes, and hike up river canyons and valleys. The park offers over 70 miles of hiking trails. There are also opportunities for swimming and body surfing. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. Sycamore Cove & Mugu Beach parking lots open at 8am and close at sunset. Sycamore Canyon & Thornhill Broome campground gates open at 8am and close at 10pm. No entry after 10pm.

Options for a little longer home or shorter. A slight challenge but a beautiful view.

I really enjoyed this hike, the ascent is gradual, the trail is wide enough, and the vistas are amazing.

hiking
10 days ago

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

hiking
11 days ago

If you're a beginner hiker or do not have the greatest cardiovascular endurance, you will find this hike sort of difficult. It's steep with loose rocks in some areas. I would recommend trekking poles 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 it won't matter to an avid fit hiker. You'll blast to the top in 20-30 minutes.

All in all a very lackluster hike. The area was burned a few years back and still has not fully recovered. To compound things, 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 nonsense it will provide a good workout if move fast and/or carry a heavy pack for training.

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.

hiking
24 days 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.

Great ride with views

hiking
1 month ago

My friends and I met at 8am in an overcast and very foggy morning. We were attacked by a swarm of very aggressive black mosquitoes in the parking lot, by the trail head. I immediately used Deep Woods insect repellent towelettes but it was not enough. They covered our clothing, backpack, hair, and bit my friends and I through our clothing and anywhere my wipe didn't swipe. We ran out to PCH where another friend kept a bottle of repellent spray in the car, and we covered each other. We then hiked past the trail head to higher ground as fast as we could. As we got above the fog, we left the swarm. The trail is a steady smooth climb all the way up 2.7 miles, offering spectacular views. The fog below rewarded our efforts with great photos! I would do it again, just be armed and prepared next time!

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month ago

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

Nice, easy hike with ocean views. My 7 year old was able to do the trail with no problems.

Beginning is all uphill-burns the calves. Once you reach level ground the trail continues into the backcountry which is much less crowded and more serene. From the backcountry you’ll approach the peak from the rear-easier than initial assent, but still a solid climb. Views from the peak are great...ocean, mountains, etc. There is also a cool American flag at the top that makes for nice pics. Check out the adjacent state beach after your hike, or drive 10 mins south on PCH for a great lunch at Neptune’s Net restaurant.

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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Ive been going to the canyon since late 80's. It's a real popular place.

hiking
1 month 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 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.

Went on this hike yesterday, under overcast skies most of the way. Easy hike but ran into mosquitos about 2/3’s up the trail. Bring your bug spray! Nice views but no wildflowers this time of year.

Mosquitos!!!! I have welts all over my body. We had to turn back. I got bit at least 10 times within 5 min. Tried to go on but the bites flared up and I was miserable. But it’s beautiful here. I’m sure it’s an awesome trail

trail running
2 months ago

Great workout! Quite steep going uphill and going left at the T intersection. Bring lots of water and bug repellant. I was swating mosquitos the whole time. Still got bit 27 times!
The only reason I don’t give it a 5 star is there’s no facilities at the trailhead and parking is really limited. Fortunately most people don’t stay that long. Also, it’s quite popular on weekend mornings so the trail can get pretty crowded.
The view at the peak is spectacular!

Too many rocks on the trail but the trail is really clean and the views are amazing! It gets a bit dangerous towards the top. You’ll have to climb the rocks so be careful! As for parking, there’s a parking lot across the entrance of the trail and it’s free.

This loop was amazing, even on a cloudy day the views were awesome. Make sure to bring bug spray for the back side of the trails!!

Such a lovely introduction into my first day of camping at Point Mugu! Even with the clouds blanketing a majority of this hike, the trail itself (at least the visible pieces) were beautiful and what I could make out below from above was also stunning. I didn't loop it as the final decline looked steep and was thick with clouds. Definitely again!

End of July hike; while the creek beds were bone dry, a good majority of Serrano was buggy and green with poison oak. I wasn't wearing any repellant (I know...) and I still made it out alive with most of my flesh in tact. Serrano makes for a really beautiful hike so long as you're not spending most of it trying to run away from biting bugs. If you like green, it might be hard to appreciate the part of the trail that becomes Old Boney - especially in dry grass fields that seem to stretch for miles. I think Old Boney was probably my favorite though, mostly because there were less zealous biting bugs, bu that doesn't change how awesome this trail really was. The climb up was challenging, but there's such awesome desert-y flora on the way. I'd do this again! But with more water, bug repellant, and a mallet for the persistent bugs who won't die.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular views. Hike is rigorous due to the steepness going up. Return hike is all down hill. I recommend hiking shoes and poles would be helpful. Bring plenty of water with you.

Strenuous but relatively short climb (1 mile from PCH trailhead to flagpole.) great views. However, the mosquitoes are fierce, especially early - we started ~7am to avoid heat and even used DEET but still came away with lots of bug bites. So it’s a toss-up in the summer....heat vs bites. Consider going when sun has hit hill and fewer mosquitos are out, may help.

Nice place to hike. Scenic trail is single track and a bit steep in parts, but definitely do-able for most. Overlook trail to top is mostly fire road. Pay to park is $12 all day or $3 an hour at pay machine.

on Mugu Peak Trail

2 months ago

Fun hike, many mosquitoes though.

Intense yet beautiful!! Worth every step of the way up!!!

Trails on trails. Good view for the majority of hike

hiking
3 months ago

You can hike this trail a couple of different ways. At the trailhead you’ll start up a moderately steep incline. Eventually you’ll come to a fork. If you hike this loop counter clockwise, it snakes back and forth up the incline gradually. If you want a real challenge, hike the loop CLOCKWISE. It’s much more rewarding to basically crawl vertically to the top of the point. Once at the top, stop and stay a while. We hiked down continuing clockwise, which was gorgeous as well. Talk about views. Take plenty of water.

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