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Ray Miller Trail in La Jolla Canyon ~ Gentler Intermediate

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Ray Miller Trail in La Jolla Canyon ~ Gentler Intermediate

The Ray Miller Trail is an awesome blend of ocean and mountain views in Malibu’s La Jolla Canyon. We will start from the trailhead which follows the canyon eastward, away from the ocean. Then, it quickly brings you back toward the ocean at a gradual incline. There’s a great lookout spot where it gives you a breathtaking view of the Pacific Coast Highway against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, with sweeping views toward Mugu Rock on the west and Sycamore Cove on the east. After another peak, you’ll start a slight decline that brings you to the fire road where we will turn around. Along the way, we’ll be treated to magnificent sweeping views of La Jolla and Big Sycamore Canyons, and of course, the largest ocean in the world. On a clear day, the Channel Islands are easily within sight.
This is a 5-6 mile out and back hike with an elevation gain/loss of about 1100’.


From Los Angeles, take the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) north, 22 miles from Malibu Canyon Rd. Across the street from Thornhill Broome Beach is the entrance to La Jolla Canyon. It is very clearly marked. Turn right.

From Ventura, take PCH eastward, and turn left 4 miles after Las Posas Road.

Heads up: There is a parking fee in the lot (or free with state parking pass). There is free parking on PCH just a short walk to the trailhead.

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Restrictions apply for your safety and ours:

  • Don’t show up unless you’re shown on the “Attending” list.
  • Plan on KEEPING UP with the group and completing the entire hike at a moderate pace, or please find an alternative hike that better suits your hiking level.
  • No “Plus Ones” or dogs on Weekday Trailblazer hikes.


The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.

If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.
All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

December 05 2023


Date: December 5, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
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