Mishe Mokwa Trail is a hiking trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 2,648 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,331 feet. The Split Rock and Skull Rock stones can be seen along the trail. There is also a picnic site along the trail.
Mishe Mokwa Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Hike through a changing landscape marked with various points of interest and featuring incredible views of the surrounding parkland. It is generally considered to be one of the best hikes in all of Southern California. This is one of the most beautiful trails in all of the Santa Monica Mountains. The distance alone probably makes it closer to a moderate-level hike, but the gradual nature of the climb and the sheer magnificence of the region lessens the overall difficulty. The variety of scenery is really what makes this hike a spectacular one. It seems that nearly every half mile along the way, there is a different formation, ecosystem, landmark, or other point of interest to keep everyone in the group thoroughly engaged."
--Monique Riedel, Best Easy Day Hikes: Ventura (Falcon Guides).
"The showcase hike of the Santa Monica Mountains, this route has it all: spectacular vistas, strange geology, wildflowers, varying plant communities, and multiple ecosystems. While not incredibly difficult, strenuous, or long, the hike is just about the perfect length for those looking to get a sample of what the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has to offer. Children and adults alike will enjoy the points of interest scattered remarkably evenly along the route."
--Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel, Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"Dogs are allowed in a few areas of the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Circle X Ranch area is one of the largest. There is ample running room for dogs as long as they are leashed. Astoundingly, the area is managed by the National Park Service (NPS); it is almost unheard of for dogs to be allowed on trails operated by the NPS. Mishe Mokwa follows an unbelievable slice of the raised inland plateau section of this coastal park."
--Allen Riedel, Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
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