There are many trails in Point Mugu State Park. Many do not allow
mountain bikes, so become familiar with the trail maps before you
take off. The route described below assumes you park outside the
park entrance. Mileages begin after you turn off PCH. Other routes
are possible; this route gets you onto the two sweetest sections of
singletrack the area offers.
Details: min elevation = 35 feet. Max elevation = 1237'. Total
elevation gain = 1615'. Length of ride = 16.2 miles.
Bike through the Point Mugu State Park campground to the beginning
of the Big Sycamore Canyon Road. This smooth doubletrack is a good
warm up and gives you a good chance to look around.
@ mile 4.6 turn left onto Ranch Center Fire Road. Shortly after turning
onto this road, you have the option of turning right onto the Sage Trail
sinbgletrack or continue on the Ranch Center Fire Road. Both will bring
you up to the Ranch Center Road. Turn left.
@ mile 5.64 you will begin a fast and fun descent down the Wood
Canyon Fire Road.
@ mile 7.35 turn right on the Guadalasca singletrack. Watch for this;
you might be having too much fun and can blow right by it. Note: if
you miss this corner you'll end up at a junction that will allow you to try
your luck at climbing "Hell Hill." No one seems to really enjoy either
climbing or descending this - so what's the point. Guadalasca Trail, on
the other hand is a long and beautifully engineered climb. Do it! By
the time you reach the top at mile 10 you will have fallen in love with
this trail and will want to turn around so you can descend it. Keep that
thought and plan to come back. For now keep going because there's
another great descent waiting.
@ mile 11.2 you come to a three-way junction with the Wood Canyon
Fire Road, the Overlook Fire Road, and the La Jolla Valley Fire Road.
Keep going on the Overlook Fire Road a little bit further.
@ mile 11.27 turn left onto the Wood Canyon Vista singletrack. You'll
be amazed at how quickly you end up back at the bottom on the Big
Sycamore Canyon Road. Note: If you stay on the Overlook Fire Road
you'll have a longer, scenic "backbone" ride with big views. This road
will also bring you back to Big Sycamore canyon Road near the
We had a great time biking from the mountains to the sea in Sycamore Canyon. It was a beautiful ride, though you can still see quite a bit of fire damage. We biked to the beach, had a picnic by the sea and decided to add in a difficult side trip on our return loop through the park. "Hell Hill," as it is commonly known, was quite a doozy, but doable if you are an advanced biker.
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Be aware that all the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains go through rattlesnake habitat. The snakes don't seem aggressive ... but I haven't run over one's tail, yet. Don't let this keep you away from a good ride, but be alert! Ridden there 4 times and have just avoided nailing a rattler on 2 of those rides.Thank |
Addendum to previous; Trail can be accessed from the hwy 101 on the North side or PCH from the South or Ocean side. I have done both, but prefer riding from the Ocean side uphill first and then downhill at the end...Thank |
Classic SoCal trail. Can be ridden from the top down or from hwy101 up. Exceptional views of the Pacific and Channel IS. Dirt doubltrack road climb with some paved sections at the upper end and then Guadalasco trail down fun swooping singletrack.Thank |