Big Sycamore Canyon Trail
I did short hikes two weeks ago and no hiking last week so I wanted a very long trail. This out and back in the Point Mugu area fit the bill, a total of over 18 miles.
Driving Difrections: From northbound Pacific Coast Highway, 5.3 miles beyond Leo Carrillo State Beach, arrive at the signed Big Sycamore Canyon. Turn right into the and find parking in the pay lot.
After about 4 1/2 miles the hard-packed dirt road became a single lane paved road. Mountain bikers and hikers coming from the Thousand Oaks side began to appear.
There is a kiosk at the top of the hill. I followed the once again flat road forward and came to the Satwiwa Culture Center, which I explored on the way back. There is a Ranger’s residence right next to the center. I went left to get to the main parking lot and the end of the trail. These wooden craft projects (not sure what they are) were in front of the Ranger’s house.
Looking back at Boney Mountain.
Photo 1 – Near the parking lot I sat on a low wall and had lunch. This poster gives some history of the area. Photo 2 – Here is sign showing the route I just hiked. I started at #5 at the bottom (actually just up from #5 at the sand dune, which you can see on the map) and was now at the red star at the top.
The trail led away from the village past a dry pond and toward the mountains.
The State bird – California Quail
Photo 1 – Back to the parking lot at the beginning. I had not seen this before – you can pay for parking with a credit card. Photo 2 – I walked over this bridge in the morning but really couldn’t see anything. Now I know you can walk under the bridge to access the beach without having to cross over the highway.
Sycamore Cove – the hike to my car from the park was the most scenic part of my entire day.
Out of the danger zone now – Mugu Rock straight ahead.
Here is the Great Sand Dune at Point Mugu State Park. You can see how big it is by the cars on the side of the road and the couple at the top of the hill, looking like two specs in photo 1. I remember wanting to climb this when I was a kid and never getting the chance. At the halfway point of this hike I had romantic notions of hiking to the beach and dipping my feet in the cold water and then climbing to the top of this dune and getting a few shots of the setting Sun. At the end I hobbled to my car, those dreams abandoned about three or four miles back. Photo 2 shows the couple at the top on zoom.
Panning left to right on the Giant Dune
A warped and cropped panorama shot of the Great Sand Dune.