Rancho Sierra Vista – Satwiwa
Back in Point Mugu State Park this week. There were a few short trails here, offshoots of the main trails, that I tackled this week. This was a lot of fun and I was able to see the area from several different angles. Total miles turned out to be around 9 1/2 to 10.
I headed down Ranch Overlook Trail which is about a mile long.
I came to the junction with the end of Big Sycamore Canyon Trail and made a right. I was right across from the Satwiwa Culture Center which I would visit later in the day.
It’s pretty steep and who wants to hike on a paved road? Best to get it out of the way first instead of hiking up during the hottest part of the day. I was surprised by the number of cars on this road which is closed to the general public. I was passed by three cars and a truck. You can see one of the cars driving down in the close-up in photo 2. From the road I looked up into the upper part of Big Sycamore Canyon, which is where I would be hiking next.
Although pretty green, there is little shade on the trail due to the 2013 fire. Photo 3 – There is one short section I had to scramble up to continue, no big deal. Photo 4 – The trail rises above the canyon floor for awhile.
Looking down Big Sycamore Canyon with clouded blue skies straight of a Magritte painting.
Photo 1 – Looking down at Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail, which I had just completed. Photo 2 – Across the way, Old Boney Trail is carved into the side of the mountain.
Photo 2 – Close-up on the rocks on Boney Mountain
Panorama of Hidden Valley
Photo 2 – Look down Big Sycamore Canyon
After the overlook the trail continues on and I followed it for awhile. It looked like it might head down into the valley or over to a locked gate. In any case, I turned around before I reached either.
One of several trails little trails in the immediate area breaks to the left of the windmill. I hadn’t taken this one yet and was pleasantly surprised by its beauty.
There were small areas on the trail where looked the earth was “disturbed”, for lack of a better word. I saw insects crawling in and out of holes. I thought they must be wasps but then saw this sign warning about ground bees. These bees nest underground. I’d never heard of this before. I read later that these bees are one of the more peaceful types.
When I was here last this landscape was covered with bright green grass. Now it had sprouted into this golden color. I think it’s oat grass.
I arrive at Satwiwa Culture Center. I was surprised to see so much water in the pond. I stopped and ate lunch at the Chumash village. Photo 4 – Quail out for a romantic stroll.
Photo 1 – Now back on Ranch Overlook Trail. I was parked at the end of that paved road heading toward those hills. I passed by my turn-off for my car and kept straight. Photo 3 – The trees straight ahead are at a high point with a bench and some poles to tie horses up.
Photo 1 – From the high point, looking south. Photo 2 – Looking west from the high point. I could have taken the road on the left down to Lynn Road but decided for a more scenic option.
Now I had to walk down Lynn Road for about three quarters of a mile to get to my car. A trail/road runs past some stables. I loved seeing these beautiful horses. I reached my car and finished a fun day of hiking.