Deer Creek Road
I had a different hike planned but couldn’t sleep the night before. After finally getting some rest I got my gear together and set out for this short trail which parallels Deer Creek Road. Deer Creek Road is located off of Pacific Coast Highway just up the coast from County Line Beach and down the coast a short drive from Point Mugu. This trail is shown on the latest version of Tom Harrison’s “Point Mugu” map. The views here are outstanding and there’s a nice uphill return so it’s almost like a full day of hiking.
Distance: 3 to 3.5 miles out and back
Directions: Traveling north on Pacific Coast Highway, pass County Line Beach and the restaurant Neptune’s Net and drive about 1.5 miles. Take the well-signed Deer Creek Road up into the hills. Drive two miles and park in the small pullout on the right.
There are crazy views of Sandstone Peak and the other rocky peaks around it.
The trail, maybe fire road would be more accurate, hugs the side of the mountain. There was a lot of loose rock and plenty of long grass.
I came to a gate and hiked around the side. Soon I came to a junction with several inviting options. Straight left takes one out to a little high point, which is encircled by a short loop. If you go straight right you will wind up over at a small plateau and Deer Creek Road. A third option is to go sharply right and up a very steep hill.
I went for the mound of dirt in front of me to get a better perspective.
At the edge of the short loop, a rustic wooden cross rests upon a pile of stacked rocks.
A light fog rolled up the canyon walls.
About half way up the road stands a guardrail, the only one if I remember correctly. The western plateau sits right above it.
Photos 1 and 2 – I was also right above that lower parking area. I looked around but again I couldn’t find a trail which led down to it.
Sights from my return, including a crow munching on a cookie.
An odd looking plane passed overhead – one of those referred to as “experimental”, I would guess.