Old Boney Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Point Mugu State Park, Boney Mountain State Wilderness, and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 258 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,883 feet.
Old Boney Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Old Boney Trail is a long, pleasant, and mostly secluded loop through the rolling mountains and wide grasslands of northern Point Mugu State Park. This is a great full-day trek, especially when spring wildflowers show up.Head southeast past the restrooms and along a dirt road to enter the Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa area. Pass old ranch buildings on your left and at 0.4 mile, stay straight to head to the southeast on the Lower Satwiwa Loop Trail, which cuts across some of the best straight-on views of Boney Mountain in the entire Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The trail crosses a meadow area considered sacred to the Chumash, and at 0.75 mile reaches the northern edge of Big Sycamore Canyon."
-- Casey Schreiner , Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books).
"This hike takes you through the heart of the Boney Mountain State Wilderness, which encompasses nearly all the Point Mugu State Park lands east of the Big Sycamore Canyon Trail. As in wilderness areas under federal management (those in the Angeles National Forest and elsewhere), policy here prohibits travel by any mechanical conveyance—even bicycles. Old roads exist from the ranching days, but they are not maintained or improved anymore, except to allow for the passage of hikers and horses.Boney Mountain, which is the top part of a mass of volcanic rock that solidified roughly 15 million years ago and was later uplifted to its present dominant position, overshadows the area. You’ll pass beneath its craggy heights while hiking the Old Boney Trail during the latter part of this trip. You enter the state park the back way, from Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa park. From the trailhead, head southeast on an unpaved service road to the paved Big Sycamore Canyon Trail, 0.2 mile away."
--Jerry Schad , Afoot & Afield Los Angeles County (Wilderness Press).
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