I have hiked these trails before but not in a couple of years. I decided to switch things up in a couple of ways. First, this was a rare late afternoon/evening hike for me. Also, I hiked the trails in a different order than I have before. A peaceful and quiet seven miles.
The free parking lot is beyond this gate. I parked outside because I assumed I would be getting off the trail after sunset, when the gate is locked. This was a good move as a ranger was locking things up just as I made it back at the end of my hike. I started off going straight on Zuma Canyon Trail. There are trails that break off in both directions but I would get to all of them a little later.
Zuma Canyon Trail is a flat, canyon bottom hike. It crosses over the creek several times but today was dry. After a mile and half or so the trail dead ends. I had an idea to walk up the creek as far as I could but that didn’t last long. It was too rough.
Beautiful and shady, the trail soon climbs out of the canyon.
Photo 1 – A view across Zuma Canyon. If you look closely you can see Canyon View Trail running steeply into the hills. Photo 2 – Right next to Canyon View Trail is Ocean View Trail, as can be seen below the ridgeline of this hill.
I hiked another little loop off the loop trail I was already on. It took me up close to Zuma Ridge Trail.
I started up what was the most challenging part of the hike – Canyon View Trail. It’s very steep in some areas. This is the trail I usually come down because the grade is so severe. From the trail I looked down at Point Dume and the Pacific.
Photo 4 – From the top of Canyon View Trail