Serrano Valley

Point Mugu State Park, Circle X Ranch and all the mountains within, hiking in this area is always a pleasure.  This sunny day was made comfortable by cool breezes.  I hiked for hours and kind of lost my place on the map.  I completed the hike in about seven hours.  I didn’t see another person all day.

1     2     3   The roads getting to the trailhead are nerve racking.  Deer Creek Road is very steep, narrow and windy, and then turns into Pacific View Road, which is really just a single lane road with lots of blind corners (the Geodesic Dome in the first photo is right off of Pacific View).  Serrano Road is the worst of all.  This road seems to have been abandoned.  It is very narrow – on one side you have a cliff going straight down, and on the other, a hillside or sometimes a deep ditch.  The asphalt is broken and cracked and shrubs are growing over and/or out of it.  Gravel popped under my tires and tall weeds scraped the undercarriage of my car as I made the half mile descent.  This is not a road for absent minded daydreaming.   I had just enough room to turn the car around at the trailhead, and there might be enough parking for two small cars but no more.  The “paved” road doesn’t actually end at this gate, it goes on another 1.4 miles to an old homesite.  Some portions are still paved, but nature is slowly taking it back.

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Magnificent mountain views

11     13     12   There are also lovely, grassy meadows in this area.  Photo 3 –  I look back at the disintegrating road.

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A little further on and I was right across from what I assume is Tri-Peaks.

18   20     19   I passed through this gate.  There is a trail that leads away to the right but vanishes at the top of a small hill.

21     22   I walked past an oak grove and came to the end of Serrano Road at the old Serrano homesite, what’s left of it anyway.

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There are a few concrete slabs and a lot of rusted equipment.  I think this was a tractor, it’s hard to tell.  It’s cool looking, though.

27   The Droid!

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More junk.  Watch out for rusty nails and broken glass, they’re all over the place.  In photo 4, I noticed a small colorful something on one of the concrete slabs.  What I found had to be one of the weirdest things I have come across on my hikes.  Someone had taped down this “art project” – a swimsuit model’s picture glued to a colorful background.  And then someone or some animal had defecated in the center of it.  Because I see animal droppings on the trail every few feet, I didn’t find myself revolted.  I just found it very bizarre.

30   More remains of the home.  I followed the trail in the background up a small slope to get a better view.


Sandstone Peak, etc., from the Serrano homesite.

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Leaving the burnout behind, the trail pushes west through grassy fields.  I began to gain elevation again.

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I enjoyed seeing the mountains from a different angle.

39     42   Photo 1 – That little clear patch in the distance in the middle of the picture is Big Sycamore Canyon Road.  I plan on taking the trail from there and back into these same parts.  Hopefully I can figure it out next time.

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The military satellite installation at Point Mugu at the opposite end of the park, at distance and on zoom.

44   As I ended my hike I noticed this helicopter hovering over the Tri-Peaks area.  Were they looking for someone?



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