Last Sunday my friends Jerry, Robin, and Bryan met up with Laura and I for a casual hike around the northern part of Point Mugu. Most people who have hiked Mugu have done so from the south/PCH side of the park. However, the lesser known northern part is just as fun.
We parked at the intersection of where Wendy Drive dead ends at Portrero/Lynn Road. There is a pretty obvious parking area here. We began heading due south from the get-go and followed the rolling trail through prairies embossed with yellow mustard flowers. The views all around go for miles and this area is remarkable.
At just short of a mile, we came upon a creaky, old weathervane. Totally cool and a nice rest stop for people that are winded. However, we’d just warmed up and so we flew right by it, continuing up our trail. We crossed through some burn areas from last year’s Springs Fire and turned left at the Hidden Valley Overlook Trail sign. This trail continued a gradual ascent east, terminating at a random bump that had a heart designating it’s high point. Totally cool. At this point there was nowhere to go but back – so we retraced our steps. At the aforementioned intersection, we continued straight (west) and down – and eventually hit the paved Sycamore Canyon Road. This road connects the north part of Point Mugu with the southern side. We decided to prolong our hike by following the road down about a mile and then we retraced our steps once again. We followed the paved road up to the Satwiwa Reservation, which features a cool museum of this Native American group’s history. We decided to take a brief breather after having hiked for about 5 miles up until this point. We sat back, sharing stories spanning the gamut of life, and then hiked the final part of the loop back a mile to our parking area. The total distance of what we did was around 6 miles, which is a walk in the park (literally). Some hikes are meant to be hard and rigorous but this hike was more of a walk and conversation with awesome friends on a Sunday afternoon. Highly recommended.
Time: 3 hours
Distance: 6 miles
Calories burned: ~900 calories (hush Jerry)
Considerations: This place gets HOT! Make sure to consider this when you plan your trip.