Mission Point via De Campos Trail

MODERATE 162 reviews
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Mission Point via De Campos Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Los Angeles, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,171 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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mountain biking

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wildlife

no shade

Training; 9.3.19

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bugs
1 month ago

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bugs
no shade
2 months ago

i was visiting from out of town and spontaneously decided to do this hike after the gym. this is a beautiful hike, as it's a good view and there's a ton of small sunflowers all along the main trail. but .. don't recommend this trail at all if you have a fear of bees or hate the sun. i did this hike at noon on a saturday in july. it was really hot. only saw two people while out there. full sun through the entire hike, with only one spot that i found with real shade (a tree along the main path about halfway) if you need a break. thanks to all the flowers, the place is swarming with bees. they were buzzing around my head the entire time. at the beginning of the trail, there's a large what looks like an old well or something full of water to the right in a shaded area. don't walk over to it. i did that, and it's covered in bees. assuming they've got a hive or something over there. i turned around once i got to the gate about three quarters of the way up, because i was being eaten alive by horse flies and was really getting fed up with how i was constantly having to swat them off of me. all in all .. cool hike .. but i don't recommend it for the dead of summer. make sure you lather up in bug spray or else it's going to be a frustrating walk.

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no shade
3 months ago

3 months ago

this hike was all uphill my altimeter gauge said we had 1000 plus feet of incline in the first mile which is the most of any hike I've done the view from the top would have been really nice but there was a marine layer that blocked out just about everything. we also ran into quite a few people for a Thursday. bring plenty of water cuz there's very little shade on the way up

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3 months ago

Great workout. First three quarters of a mile is a steady incline. Lots of bunnies and wildflowers

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5 months ago

What a great uphill hike nothing to hard at all. Bench at the top to take in the view.

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8 months ago

Beautiful trail and so many birds to watch on the way. There’s also a cool little koi pond about 800 feet from the start. Great incline and jaw-dropping views.

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8 months ago

Easy hike, great viewes.

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9 months ago

love this trail. great view once you reach the top.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Great hike. For beginners it will be challenging. Uphill mostly. Might be challenging for small kids. Great hike for moderate hikers. Great practice for backpacking.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Great hike & workout. Uphill the entire way; there’s an “easy” trail and a “hard” one. Great time to see wild flowers and beautiful views of the valley, Santa Monica Mountains, and far off in the distance downtown LA.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Up, up, up hill

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Sunday, February 04, 2018

This trail is definitely not for beginner hikers. The incline is pretty intense and there is almost no shade. That being said, I personally enjoyed it although it was a little challenging! If you’re looking for a good workout with many beautiful views, this is the trail for you! It provides almost a 360° view of our beautiful cities and when you reach three trees, there is a nice bench to sit (in what’s almost the only shade on the whole trail!) and enjoy the amazing views.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Not too bad of a trail. Lots of people hiking along. Few mountain bikers.

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Monday, May 08, 2017

This is my go to night hike. Offers great views at night of Granada Hills, Sylmar and Northridge. Immediate access to the trail from the culdesac. Bring bug spray if you plan on doing the night outing.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Uphill. All uphill.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This is a beautiful trail with a spectacular view of the city. The best time to come is after the rainy season when everything is green. It looks like Scotland it is so green!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

To get the full experience of how incredibly beautiful this trail can get you have to come during or right after the rain season. Green as far as the eye can see!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

good moderate hike. the hills make it a workout

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I took this hike today, as an early evening hike, my first time up it. The climb is a steady wind up around the switchbacks, a constant incline of varying steepness, on a comfortably wide dirt walk, with a steeper, yet much shorter option, cutting through it. The workout is great either way, the easiest path being for all skill levels and anyone whose knees could handle it. It continues a little further once you hit the peak, Mission Point, following a gas companies fence. Theres an out cropping of paths to take, including connection to O'Melveny park, though this peak is much higher. A bench is located in a nice spot shaded with trees, a rare respite from the sunlight if hiking earlier in the day, it was near dark during my visit. To my surprise, there was a seemingly crazy possibly homeless man talking to himself while camped at the bench, eating a melon and rambling. I also encountered fours others on this trail, all apparently normal people just there for recreation. A man was biking it and that looked tough and fun, yet doable, so I could recommend that activity for this trail as well. Parking is available at the end on the street in a cul-de-sac, and there is immediate access to the trail there.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Paved with a great view.. the incline is the best!

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Almost made it to top but ran out if time. it was taking me longer to get to the top because of the constant uphill which I enjoyed but had to stop frequently since it was warm and there wasn't much shade but will do the trip again because I want to get to the top!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Went up 16/August/16 and loved it. We saw a coyote on our way down, pretty close to the end. We also took the harder route, which is no joke. You can get all the exercise you can handle on this trail. Good times, great valley views. Pretty sunny and open, definitely bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. ;)

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Friday, July 08, 2016

Grotto trail never disappoints

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Amazing

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Friday, January 01, 2016

This was my very first hike I was introduced to when I was little. My godfather took me here and we made it to the top. There's a simple trail to follow or you can also cut through some portions (just beware of snakes). The last bit of the hike can be a climb but is fun. I also believe there's an easier path to take but I find those boring.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

As some of the other reviewers have indicated, the trails into the Santa Susana Mountains originating from O'Melveny Park provide options for hikers of all levels. Make sure you do some research prior to picking your trail. I made the mistake of selecting an offshoot on the western end, which dead ended. You'll know you are on this offshoot, when the path narrows and you have wildflowers on both sides. There isn't much visibility, as I found out the hard way after walking past an adult rattlesnake. First experience with one and the rattle was very alarming and threatening. Luckily, it was an uneventful encounter. I chose the Grotto Trail to access the apex. This trail is shorter, but steeper than the O'Melveny Trail which is wider and has a number of switchbacks. Some of the grades on the Grotto are very challenging to traverse and the traction in some sections is non existent. It is a quad, groin, and calf burning exercise. If you are walking with dogs or prefer a more leisurely pace, the O'Melveny Trail up and down is the better choice. The trailhead begins at the end of the Park's picnic area and offers views of a stream which was quite dry as we are still in the middle of a drought in LA. Regardless of the trail you select, both converge to the "Three Trees". The western most tree has a box with old notes, messages, etc. from fellow hikers. It is not as robust as the one found on the Wisdom Tree hike, but is still a cool little find. On a clear day, you can see to Downtown Los Angeles over the Santa Monica mountains and as far west as Calabasas / West Hills. From a photographic standpoint, I did not have much to shoot on my hike, but it was a hazy day with boring sky and few floral blooms. Maybe I'll have better luck next time.

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