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Boney Mountain Overlook Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Newbury Park, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 2,670 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Reviews (263)
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Elly Crowell
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Hiking

Pretty interesting hike — the top is absolutely worth going through to rest to get to. We hiked to the peak for sunrise, and while watching the sun come up from the top was worth it, we had some wildlife scares. We saw many small scorpions, a snake, tons of mice and quail, a couple rabbits, a fox and a bobcat. Like others have said, a lot of trail is a huge trench you’re walking in or struggling to straddle. There’s some good flat parts to even out the elevation you get in the last couple miles to the peak. Only real bummer is coming up that mile or so at the end of the hike. It was only 8:30a and super hot in the sun doing that. Some decent canopy and tree cover is on the trail though.

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David Feigal
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HikingNo shadeRocky

The first three miles will take you about half way up and a good turn around is the ruins of an old cabin and memorial. Above that it isn't only steeper, but the erosion has left only rocks on the trail making the hike tedious. Didn't make it to the top ... this time. will be back and may try the alternate route around the mountain to the west.

Chad Barber
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Hiking

Good hike up Fossil trail and down Old Boney trail. Saw a couple of rattlesnakes right on the trail, so heads up. Hot out there, take more water than you’d expect. Great views today!

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Chris Shule
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Hiking

Great trail. Did it no problem with trail runners. A little steep at times, but not bad. Some of the ascent is in a trench about a foot wide with with narrow trail on both sides, but easily navigated. The steep parts are tall stepped sections of rock. Again, easy to navigate. Lots of shade, so a decent trail if you don't get out before the heat.

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Leah Schmidt
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Nick Norton
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HikingOver grownScramble

The view from the top, in all directions from the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains, is breathtaking. The trail's got some scrambling, and some shade, and a very short detour to a nice waterfall. The people who say it's a five hour out and back must be in way, way better shape than I am though. Did it today in just under eight hours, and am utterly exhausted, but well worth it.

Cassandra Hawkins
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Lynsey Mikels
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HikingRockyScramble

Definitely a difficult hike but WORTH IT at the top. Beautiful view! Follow the trail on this app so that you don’t get lost or take a wrong turn! Pretty straight forward though if you use the app! Don’t take the Old Boney trail on the right. Follow the trail straight once you get to that fork in the road! Lots of scrambling, steep incline, and rocks once you pass the monument! Top is breathtaking! Good luck and have fun!

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Adrienne Henson
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Jeff Bowen
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Hiking

This is one of my favorite close by trails because of how much shade there is for most of the way. After the monument, the trail becomes much more difficult -- with lots of rocks to climb over to get to the top of the mountain.

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Noah Prouse
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Jordan Nice
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Hiking

This was a frustrating day. My friend and I are avid hikers and did our best to research this hike but could not find any good step-by-step directions. We decided to wing it and spent most of the hike lost. The trails are poorly marked, there are zero cairns, it’s not well traveled so no one was around to offer advice, and the bushwacking was no joke. We ended up hiking 9.5 miles according to Strava and while we summitted something, it wasn’t Boney. There were nice parts, and we enjoyed the view from wherever we ended, and loved the scrambles. But so much time lost in the bushes was not fun and a little scary.

James Childers
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HikingBugsOver grownRockyScramble

Rough trail- it’s ranked hard for a reason. Many parts of the trail are overgrown and some parts require some scrambling. There are also LOTS of bees and flies around that make resting rather annoying; so being spray if you have it. Also be mindful of the poison oak. Once you’re scrambling up the trenches for the last 2 miles you’re in the clear. Overall it was quite rewarding to reach the top and enjoy the 360 view. I mapped out 10 miles and 3200ft gain.

Juliana Halpert
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Cindysue Compton
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Hiking

Awesome trail I would definitely do again.

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