La Jolla Canyon Trail

Point Mugu State Park, California 90072

Distance1.1mi
Elevation Gain1,248ft
Trailhead Elevation46ft
Top596ft
Elevation Min/Max42/596ft
Elevation Start/End46/46ft

La Jolla Canyon Trail

La Jolla Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Ventura County, California. It is within La Jolla Valley Natural Preserve, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Point Mugu State Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 46 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,248 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms.

La Jolla Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This large loop in southern Point Mugu State Park provides access to rare native grassland and unique native plants as well as stunning views of the coast and the Santa Monica Mountains.

Not to mention some reliably eye-catching wild?ower shows in the spring. Due to the massive 2013 Springs Fire, there are also ample opportunities to witness ?re recovery in a very visceral manner."

"Walk through peaceful riparian canyons and an incredible valley surrounded by the beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains. Enjoy the wildflowers in the Spring. It can be hot in the Summer."

"Lazily curving up the rumpled slopes of the western Santa Monica Mountains, the Ray Miller Trail takes in sweeping views of the Point Mugu coastline and the distant Channel Islands. This is the westernmost link in the nearly completed Backbone Trail, which skims along the crest of the Santa Monicas for some 65 miles. The Ray Miller Trail offers a well-graded and scenic approach to the rounded ridge that divides the two largest canyons in Point Mugu State Park: La Jolla and Big Sycamore. The trail was named after California’s first official State Park Campground Host, who served here from 1979 until his death in 1989."

"Lazily curving up the rumpled slopes of the western Santa Monica Mountains, the Ray Miller Trail takes in sweeping views of the Point Mugu coastline and the distant Channel Islands. This is the westernmost link in the nearly completed Backbone Trail, which skims along the crest of the Santa Monicas for some 65 miles."

"The La Jolla Canyon and La Jolla Valley Loop Trail has an assortment of highlights. The trail enters a narrow, steep gorge following a perennial stream to a 20-foot waterfall and pool. It crosses broad meadows with spectacular views of La Jolla Peak, Mugu Peak, and Laguna Peak. There is a coastal overlook and a pond by a picnic area."

"Hike up the oldest trail in Southern California, ascend to the top of a magnificent coastal peak with dynamite views, explore the beautiful flower-filled landscape, and walk through a historic valley where native Chumash thrived in the pre-Columbian era."

"The modest 15-foot-tall cascade in La Jolla Canyon is a pleasant destination for an introductory exploration of Point Mugu State Park. Just be sure to come after recent rains have been sufficient to enliven the flow of water through the canyon."

La Jolla Canyon Trail Reviews

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8/19/2006
Quite beautiful! Perfect for one night. Relatively easy 6 mile loop...plenty of campsites - both individual and group. TONS of mosquitos and poison oak...so be wary. Otherwise, really enjoyable.
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10/9/2005
Great trail! Took 10 Brownie Girl Scouts on half of the trail in the afternoon, stopped at the falls then turned back at the pond . . . they loved it! Highly recommend to new hikers as well as seasoned, lots to see and hear and smell.
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Point Mugu State Park
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