Big Sycamore Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Boney Mountain State Wilderness, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Point Mugu State Park. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 285 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 632 feet.
Big Sycamore Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Located north of Malibu in Point Mugu State Park. Highlights: This ride is a scenic adventure through Point Mugu State Park. This is probably one of the most scenic and relaxing rides in this book. If you are looking to warm up your legs for the season or if you want to get some peace and quiet for awhile, this is a good ride. There are many different permutations for this park. If you want to be more adventurous or desire a tougher ride, you can easily put one together. Hazards: Watch out for hikers and other bikers. Sometimes this section of Pacific Coast Highway is closed due to heavy rains. $5.00 for parking."
--Mark Ross & Brad Fine, Mountain Biking Southern California (Falcon Guides).
"The Big Sycamore Canyon Trail is a one-way mountains-to-the-sea journey through the heart of Point Mugu State Park. The hike is on a service road that parallels a stream through a deep, wooded canyon beneath large trees."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Ventura County, California (Day Hike Books).
"Big Sycamore Canyon, located in the northernmost region of the Santa Monica Mountains in the Point Mugu State Park, contains a variety of trails well suited to riders of all skill levels. The pristine, quintessential California beach at the mouth of Big Sycamore Creek is a great distraction for nonriders coming along for the day. Big Sycamore Canyon, in addition to being a great place to bring the whole family, stays drastically cooler than the rest of LA County’s rides on hot summer days. After you experience the Guadalasca and Backbone trails, arguably the most entertaining singletrack in the Santa Monica Mountains, you may not want to go home at the end of the day, and you don’t have to because there are several great campsites."
--Charles Patterson, Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Strength and good bike handling skills are required of cyclists following this 15.5-mile loop. The first 5.6 miles are a gentle ascent on Big sycamore Canyon Trail to Ranch Center Road. The pedaling on Ranch Center Road is moderately difficult for 1.5 miles, and then the road drops rapidly for .8 miles. wood Canyon Trail is picked up at this point and the route continues downhill for two miles to Overlook Trail at Deer Camp Junction. On Overlook Trail you climb very steeply for 1.5 miles and tackle the aptly named Hell Hill. The biking gets easier as you ride around the south side of an unnamed peak. The loop ends with an exhilarating three-mile descent. Scenery includes larger deciduous trees in the canyon, wildflowers in the spring, and open hillsides with pleasant coastal views."
--David Story, Laurie & Chris Leman, Mountain Bike! Southern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
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