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Hike with Beach Party and Fire

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2.7 miles, 650′ gain.

A hike, then a potluck party on the beach with a fire. Come for the hike, the beach party, or both!

Please post in the comments if you will bring a fire wood bundle as your pot luck item.

Firewood (so far): Jim

This hike is on the easy end of the intermediate spectrum (, based on distance and elevation. Beginners are welcome, but if it gets too hard, they can always turn around and go back the way we came. Nearly all of the elevation gain is in the first half.

This is not a conditioning hike. It is a social hike. The event host will be moving slowly and stopping at various points to let people catch up. Those that wish to move ahead at a faster pace, are welcome to do so if they know the route, but are on their own regarding navigation.

The Hike. 2 – 3:30p.
We meet at the Sycamore Canyon Trail head inside of Sycamore Canyon Campground at Point Magu State Park. This is a counter-clockwise loop hike because of the shape of the route.

We’ll head up the trail for about a half mile, where there will not be much elevation gain. We’ll make a left onto the Overlook Trail. We’ll then start our ascent, climbing 400′ over the next mile, where we’ll come to a junction. We’ll turn left and instead of following the scenic trail, we’ll go along the ridge for about a half a mile. This segment will be about 200′ of loss and 100′ of gain.

Then follow our tracks back to the scenic trail, turn right, and follow it down for about 3/4 mile, again reaching Big Sycamore Canyon Trail, and turning right back to our starting point.

The Beach Party. 4:00 – 8:00p.
We’ll go back to our cars and gather up our things for the beach party. From the trail head, it’s about 1/4 mile to the camp ground parking lot, then another 1/4 mile to the beach party area across the road at Sycamore Cove Beach. There are picnic tables and fire pits, but we must supply our own wood to burn.

The fire pits on the beach are first come, first serve. We have members that have volunteered to arrive early in the morning to secure a fire pit.

Please bring something warm to put on. It can get cool and windy near the beach, especially as the sun drops. A chair and blanket recommended.

Sunset: 6:52p.

Prior beach parties and photos:


Distance: 2.7 miles
Gain: 650
Distribution: All the incline is in the first half.
Difficulty: Beginner end of intermediate spectrum.
Shape: Counter-Clockwise upside-down lollipop
Pace: approx. 2.0 mph.
Trail Type: Fire road, double track, and single track.
Duration: 1.5 hours (hike), 4 hours (beach party)
Dogs: No.
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Fountains: Yes.

Parking: Paved in the campground lot, $14, gates close at 10p. Gravel beach lot, $9 (you need your license plate #, pay “Iron Ranger” machine upon entry). Prices may have gone up since I was last there. If the lots are full, there is plenty of parking along the west end of PCH, but you may have to walk 1/4 mile or so.

Parking space is limited, so please car-pool and arrive early in case you have parking issues. The lot along the beach closes at sunset and rangers announce this to beach goers, giving plenty of time to move your cars. Some may find free parking along the street when it closes, else what you paid for the beach lot also covers the campground lot parking cost, across the street.

What to bring: 1 liter of water for every 3 miles.
Hiking shoes/boots. Not required, but recommended.
Sunscreen and/or hat as needed.
Food and drink to share for the beach pot luck.


Route: A pic is posted as part of this description.
Navigation: Host memory and GPS navigation as needed.

Hike type: Social.
We won’t be hiking at a fast pace because this is a social hike, not a conditioning hike. There is nothing wrong with stopping, even if it means every 50 steps.

Group separation: Hikers moving significantly ahead or that don’t wait at designated stopping points are on their own regarding route and navigation.


Sycamore Canyon Trailhead
Malibu, CA 90265
Coordinates of trailhead: 34.074747, -119.014081
Inside Sycamore Canyon Campground, across from Pt. Magu State Park

From CA-118:
CA-118 West.
CA-23 South for 7.4 miles.
US-101 North for 10.8 miles.
Exit 53B Lewis Rd./CA-34.
Right (east) onto E. Daily Dr. for 0.1 miles.
Right (south) onto N. Lewis Rd. for 4.5 miles.
Becomes Hueneme Rd., continue for 0.9 miles.
Left on Las Posas Rd. for 3.1 miles.
Left on CA-1 for 5.9 miles.
Left on Sycamore Canyon Rd. for 0.3 miles.
Park in paved lot (pay).
Campground gates close at 10p.

From US-101:
Exit 55, Las Posas Rd.
Las Posas Rd. south for 7.5 miles.
Left on CA-1 for 5.9 miles.
Left on Sycamore Canyon Rd. for 0.3 miles.
Park in paved lot (pay).
Campground gates close at 10p.

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October 30 2021


Date: October 30, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hiking Group:
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Point Mugu State Park/ Sycamore Cove Beach

9000 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265 US

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