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."
-- Casey Schreiner , Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Allen Riedel, Best Easy Day Hikes: Conejo Valley (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, 101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Jerry Schad , Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Ventura County, California (Day Hike Books).
"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."
--Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel, Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"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."
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.
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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