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Best trails in Point Mugu State Park, California

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Looking for a great trail in Point Mugu State Park, California? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Point Mugu State Park ranging from 2.1 to 10.2 miles and from 13 to 1,902 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Point Mugu State Park, California
Park information
Acreage:
14,000 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
8:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
8:00 am - dusk
Thursday
8:00 am - dusk
Friday
8:00 am - dusk
Saturday
8:00 am - dusk
Sunday
8:00 am - dusk
Contact
805-488-1827
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Top trails (23)
#1 - Mugu Peak Trail
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
#2 - Ray Miller Backbone Trail
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
#3 - Point Mugu Scenic and Overlook Trails Loop
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
#4 - Mugu Peak Extended Loop
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
This trail option is a butt-kicking direct ascent to the peak (1250 ft elevation) followed by a gorgeous descent through ocean mists into the beautiful backcountry. Beautiful in event direction and lots of variety. Lots of ways to explore this park, but this is delivers the "greatest hits" (including an American flag summit) with a solid workout.Show more
#5 - Sycamore Canyon
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#6 - Ray Miller Backbone Trail to Overlook Trail
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 36 m
Dogs on leash are allowed on beaches, day use areas, and campgrounds. However, they are NOT allowed on the backcountry trails or dirt roads. Show more
#7 - Big Sycamore Canyon Trail
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 6 h 48 m
This is a great family outing along the sycamore shaded Big Sycamore Canyon. Starting from Satwiwa Cultural Center, the trail is all downhill to the ocean, ending at Sycamore campground in Pt Mugu State Park. As you head down into the canyon, you have a spectacular view of Old Boney Mountain. A number of spots along the trail have picnic benches and restrooms. The first 3 miles are paved, with the balance of the route on a relatively smooth dirt fire road. On a bike, you can almost coast all the way to the ocean! A great stopping point for lunch is at the Danielson Ranch group camp, about 3 miles into the hike.Show more
#8 - Satwiwa Loop Trail to Old Boney, Fossil and Upper Sycamore Loop
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 4 h
#9 - Big Sycamore Canyon Loop Trail
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 4 h 56 m
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#10 - La Jolla Canyon Loop Trail
Point Mugu State Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
Spectacular ocean views, lovely rolling valley, inspiring peak, little pond The trail starts out along the relatively easy La Jolla Canyon, moving through a little canyon carved by the stream running down the canyon. After about a mile and a half, rolling hills and grasslands of La Jolla Valley will spread out before you. You will see a lovely pond on you left, then will head west across the entire expanse of the valley. During the spring, this valley covered with wildflowers. At about the 4 mile mark, the trail begins to swing around the north flank of mugu peak, eventually traversing along the steep hillside facing the ocean. This is a breathtaking section of trail with wonderful views of the ocean and the Navy base. At about 6 miles you will find a cutoff trail that take you up to the top of the 1266 foot Mugu peak. There are great views of both the ocean and La Jolla Valley, and even an inspiring American flag flying. After enjoying the peak, rejoin the main trail for an easy 2 mile trek back to the car.Show more
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