Pt. Mugu State Park – The Chumash Trail into La Jolla Valley (7 mile loop)
Let’s take on one of the steepest trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, The Chumash Trail, in the far western edge of Point Mugu State Park. Join me and we’ll gain almost 900 feet in less than one mile before heading into the back country and tacking on another 900’+ of elevation gain! Local stories tell us that this trail has been in continuous use for thousands of years, and it reveals the splendors of La Jolla Valley to the north and the awesome views of the coastline to the south.
This hike is entirely within Point Mugu State Park, so no dogs on this one.
MEETUP LOCATION AND TIME: Dirt parking area (land side of PCH) across from the big reddish Navy tower (beach side) at 9:00 am.
MEETUP DIRECTIONS FROM 101: Exit at Santa Rosa Road/Pleasant Valley Road (exit 52) and turn left at the end of the off-ramp onto Pleasant Valley Road. Go southwest on Pleasant Valley for 1.8 miles and turn left onto Lewis Road/Hueneme Road for 4.5 miles. Turn left onto Las Posas Road for 3.0 miles. Turn left onto the PCH (CA 1 South) and go 2.3 miles. Turn left into the dirt parking lot.
MEETUP DIRECTIONS FROM PCH: From the (south/east) PCH, go north/west past Yerba Buena Road (Neptune’s Net). In 6.8 miles; turn right into the dirt parking lot.
DISTANCE : 7+ miles
ELEVATION GAIN: About 2000′
DURATION: We will strive to finish this one by 2:00 pm.
TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Single track and a very steep at times. Parts of loop trail are over grown.
THE PACE: Easy pace–we will take lots of view breaks
LEVEL: Intermediate and above that can handle a very steep trail
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