no dogs

trail running


wild flowers


nature trips

mountain biking



horseback riding

kid friendly

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.

4 days ago

This hike is great for a quick workout, with spectacular views as the payoff. I hike this trail at least once a month and the views from the top never get old.

5 days ago


Beautiful views, beautiful wildflowers. No shade - bring sunscreen!

Great trail. Hiked while camping at Thronhill Brome beach. Early morning the trial was empty, marine layer kept temps cool and stellar views and wildflowers. Moderate incline the whole trail very pleasant to hike.

Es un Lugar hermoso y divertido nosotros subimos por el camino incorrecto y esta muy peligroso por que subimos la Montaña y esta todo muy resbaloso gracias a dios todas llegamos bien es mejor empezar por chumas y empezar por la Jolla y salir a Reymiller

17 days ago

Not a beginner’s hike due to its steep hillside but overall a very beautiful, scenic and enjoyable hike!!

This trail is amazing!! ocean view the entire way!! Our kids 8, 11 and 13 did great!! It was challenge for all of us and we are very fit and active family! Got there at 8:30am was packed when we finished! Keep to right and it's extended the trail and alot less crowded!

Very intermediate hiking area with such a great view and beautiful workout for your legs and body ! Just be careful with the stalking snake’s on the trail, I’ve ran into snakes lately this week !

22 days ago

Great View of the ocean. Can be a little steep, not as easy as it looks.

It was definitely more challenging than I anticipated. I wasn’t able to do the full thing because I’m getting over a cold but the views were still gorgeous and enjoyable. Also, DO NOT bring your dogs, multiple people got tickets while I was there.

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

1 month 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.

1 month 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
1 month 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 courteous 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!

1 month ago

Definitely kicked my ass!

mountain biking
1 month 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!

2 months 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!

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

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