Mugu Peak Direct 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 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,052 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 701 feet. Mugu Peak (elevation 1,260 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also viewpoints along the trail.
Mugu Peak Direct Trail Professional Reviews and 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."
--Monique Riedel, Best Easy Day Hikes: Ventura (Falcon Guides).
"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."
-- Casey Schreiner , Day Hiking Los Angeles (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."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
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