Big Sycamore Canyon Trail

Point Mugu State Park, California

Distance4.4mi
Elevation Gain632ft
Trailhead Elevation285ft
Top285ft
Elevation Min/Max34/285ft
Elevation Start/End285/285ft

Big Sycamore Canyon Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Scenic Trail, Fireline Trail, Hell Hill, Overlook Trail, Backbone Trail, Serrano Loop Trail, Old Boney Trail and Ranch Center Fire Road.

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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

Big Sycamore Canyon Trail Reviews

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7/12/2010
As we made our way up this steep 3 mile ascent, we thought we were finished on numerous sections of our climb. We passed the miller trail and decided to go a bit further, then doubled back and enjoyed the 65 degree mid July wind cooling us . My son in law was flying down the 3 mile descent as I could observe him around the switchbacks. My fron tdisc break went south so the exhiliration for today was tabled until "yet another day" Desire burning quads? This is it.! The ranger told us at the gate that some 1,000 riders attend this beautiful state park daily. FrankNick
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12/19/2009
Solid ride, very easy until hell hill where things really pick up! Breathtaking views from top of Overlook Pass.
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12/8/2009
this trail is long, pretty flat, and really boring. because the whole trail is down in the canyon there aren't any views at all. other than being long it isn't very challenging and is always FULL of mountian bikers (sometimes very polite but will sometimes run you down). the park has soooo many other trails that offer more to enjoy, you can even get to the ocean on a different ridge that is more enjoyable and less crowded.
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5/9/2009
These trails were just meant for MTB riding. We headed down into the canyon from the Protrero side at about 8:30 AM. We had a pretty good layer of fog at that time, but being that I have ridden this a lot I knew we would miss the cool air soon. We spent as much time as possible off the main fire road on the single tracks which are well marked but certainly produce a much more technical ride. It is already rattlesnake season, but as long as you stay on the bike and in motion they want to stay away from you anyway. When you finish your battle to the top of the ridge make sure you stop to enjoy the sound of the waves with your victory from the climb. I intend to revisit this canyon over and over.
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10/19/2008
Lush and beautiful. This is an easy 8.02 miles downhill when starting in Newbury Park, and an easy 6.5 mile walk then a vigorous 1.7 mile climb at the end. The trail is 50% (Newbury Park end) and has many parallel trails to visit. There are plenty of shade trees for any stops and on this trip I saw, Deer, Squirrel, Blue Jays, and some Monarch butterflies.
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1/22/2008
Beautiful, beautiful. You park over looking the beach,there are restrooms, camping on site. The trails are fairly well marked, the view is breathtaking(I am from Québec , no ocean ...at home).You go up a nice forest rd above the canyon, you reach the top and you go down a very exciting single track of 3.6 miles.Not too technical,very narrow and rolling and there is a lot more. Most single tracks can be done both ways.This is a very nice place and the drive from L.A is spectacular on Pacific coast highway going trought Malibu. This one of the only Park that is very much geared toward biking, whether you are a beginner or more there seems to be something for everyone, even for families who wish to bike in the nature ,there is a nice canyon trail that is very easy.
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7/17/2006
Good Wide fire road with very easy grade up the canyon. the only issue i had was that many of the single track off shoot trails looked like fun, but were hiker only and almost unridable do to the bushes encompassing the trail. If you go all the way up the fireroad, and up the paved road, there is a cool native american cultural center with a very hospitable ranger, offering trail mix and cold water. and although long, the drive over to the park is a nice scenic drive along the coast...i'd say if you're into getting away for the day, this ride can be fun.
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11/11/2005
Awsome riding, tons of different conditions and trail types. I''ve ridden here twice this week alone and will surely return. Hell Hill is no joke.
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2/17/2005
For the best ride start out at the campground off PCH the gradual fire road climb is a good warm up with several stream crossings - great fun in the spring with fast flowing water crossings - you will get wet ! Guadalasca is a fun challenging climb single track and an aerobic workout. Once you reach overlook the hard work is done and you get spectacular views of ocean, channel islands and mount Boney as the trail traverses the crests. You then get a downhill ride back to your straring point.
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Trail Information

Point Mugu State Park
Nearby City
Point Mugu State Park
Parks
Point Mugu State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Newbury Park, Camarillo, Point Mugu
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