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Best Easy Day Hikes: Ventura
by Monique Riedel (Falcon Guides)
Hike up the Chumash Trail to reach Mugu Peak for an awesome panoramic overview of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy wildflowers and incredible vistas. This trail is classified as easy for one reason alone, and that is because it is very short. However, there is a caveat attached with this hike; it is an absolute no-nonsense elevation gainer, gaining nearly 800 feet of elevation in the first quarter mile alone. At that point, the hike plateaus for a quarter mile before starting on a gentler ascent, only to rise more steeply again closer to the summit of Mugu Peak.
Day Hiking Los Angeles
by Casey Schreiner (The Mountaineers Books)
A moderate loop trail from the Paciﬁc Coast to one of the most prominent peaks in the region, this route ignores a direct ascent of Mugu Peak and instead takes you on a beautiful tour of the southern regions of the park near naval bases, through old ranch lands, and into some of the last remaining native grasslands in Southern California.
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California
by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)
The Chumash Trail ascends steeply and directly up a Santa Monica Mountains cliffside through coastal scrub and chaparral. It is best to get an early morning start, as the sun can truly cook even this close to the ocean. Unless there is a low-lying fog, the coastal breezes don’t seem to register until the trail reaches the plateau.
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