Mishe Mokwa Trail

Ventura County, California

Distance2.6mi
Elevation Gain2,331ft
Trailhead Elevation2,648ft
Top2,749ft
Elevation Min/Max2170/2749ft
Elevation Start/End2648/2648ft

Mishe Mokwa Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Chamberlain Trail (Backbone Trail) and Backbone 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."

"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."

"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."

Mishe Mokwa Trail Reviews

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5/1/2012
Be sure to do the extension to the Tri Peaks area for some fun scrambling. A good loop, especially when the clouds are sitting in down by the coast.
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12/22/2009
This was an awesome trail. Lots of diversity seeing the inland side of the canyon, balanced rock, oak creek,brush tunnels, then ocean views, sandstone peak and a quick descent back to the parking lot.
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9/7/2008
Got an early start so the temps were not bad at all. Beautiful rock formations, and scenery. Sandstone Peak is the highlight. A moderate hike but very do-able.
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6/2/2007
A wonderful moderate to strenuous, roughly 6 mile loop hike. Some parts shaded and others you're out in the open. Sandstone Peak was great and you have a beautiful on a clear day! There were a lot of bugs out just to warn you. This hike will always be remembered because I asked my now fiancee to marry me!
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5/26/2007
We parked in the second parking lot. My 9 year old son has an easy time with the 1400 feet elevation gain. Bring at least a liter of water and food, sunscreen and a hat. We started at 1pm and returned at 5pm after a 45 minute break at the top of Sandstone Peak. Great hike, but plan an entire day, just for driving to and from the trailhead.
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Trail Information

Ventura County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
USGS Newbury Park, CA and Triunfo Pass, CA
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Oct 2018