La Jolla Canyon
To get there it's PCH, about 22 miles past Malibu. You want La Jolla Canyon (part of Pt. Mugu State Park). It's not hard to see the sign for the turnoff to the right.
It's a great walk any time due to the fact much of the track follows a stream that flows year round. The walk is not difficult and is about 2 miles to the campsites. There are two forks in the trail, for the easiest walk take the first fork left (obvious) and the second fork right (not so obvious). Spring is probably best when the grass is green and the flowers are blooming (take a blanket and have a picnic).
- What to see
You get your money's worth with this one. The stream you follow nourishes a wide variety of plants, as well as providing a couple of waterfalls and a natural pond. The beautiful valley at the end of the walk is covered in wild grasses and gives a glimpse of a landscape that we've almost completely covered over. Along the way the obvious layering in the rocks covering the hills gives a good idea of how they were made, towards the end of the walk the sheer faces of Boney Mountain and Sandstone Peak are prominent.
This track is one of many that cross the park. The area has been Inhabited for thousands of years by Indians, the Chumash having lived here for about 1500 years. Milling stone sites have been found in the park that are 7,000 years old. The Spanish arrived next in 1796. The land you walk over was part of the Rancho Guadalasca land grant. The area was declared a State Park in 1971. There are primitive campsites here, not sure as to rules and regulations, check with Point Mugu State Park at (805-488-4111). I haven't been on many hikes here but the feedback I get is good. (Some of the mountain hikes are quite hard.) For much more information on the area and the walks try "Hiking Trails of Point Mugu State Park" by Milt McAuley (Canyon Publishing Company). Try your local library.