Shuttle From Upper Trailhead To Lower Trailheadrancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa To Big Sycamore
Canyon Trailhead At Coast
Point Mugu State Park
Upper Trailhead: East Potrero Road In Newbury Park Shuttle Car I Lower Trail Head): West Pacific Coast Highway
Hiking Distance: 8.4-Mile One-Way Shuttle Hiking Time: 4.5 Hours Configuration: One-Way Shuttle Elevation Loss: 900 Feet Loss Difficulty: Moderate
Big Sycamore Canyon Map Photo Gallery
Exposure: Mostly Shaded Canyon With Some Exposed Slope Dogs: Not Allowed
Maps: U.S.G.S. Newbury Park, Camarillo And Point Mugu Tom Harrison Maps: Point Mugu State Park Trail Map Point Mugu State Park Map
With A Shuttle Car Parked At The Bottom Of The Canyon, This Hike Down The Big Sycamore Canyon Trail Is A One-Way, Downhill, Mountains-To-The-Sea Journey. The Canyon Was Originally Part Of The Chumash Indian Trade Route. The Trail, Now A Partially Paved Service Road And Fire Road, Connects Newbury Park At The Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa Site With The Sycamore Canyon Campground At The Pacific Ocean. The Hike Parallels Big Sycamore Creek Through The Heart Of 15,000-Acre Point Mugu State Park In A Deep, Wooded Canyon Under Towering Sycamores And Oaks.
To The Trailhead
From Highway 101/Ventura Freeway In Newbury Park, Exit On Wendy Drive. Drive 2 Miles South To Lynn Road And Turn Right. Continue 1.7 Miles To Via Goleta, The Park Entrance Road. (En Route, Lynn Road Becomes West Potrero Road.) Turn Left Into The Park And Drive 0.7 Miles To The Main Parking Lot At The End Of The Road.
From Santa Monica, Drive 31 Miles Northbound On The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 To The Posted Big Sycamore Canyon Entrance On The Right. (The Trailhead Entrance Is 1 3.3 Miles West Of Kanan Dume Road In Malibu And 5.3 Miles West Of The Well-Marked Leo Carrillo State Beach.)
Turn Right And Park In The Day-Use Pay Parking Lot 0.1 Mile Ahead On The Left. (Parking Is Free In The Pullouts Along The Pch.) Trail Rejoins The Service Road. Just Past The Junction Is The Danielson Ranch. Past The Ranch, The Trail Is Unpaved.
Continue Heading Down Canyon On The Big Sycamore Canyon Trail. Pass The Old Boney Trail On The Left, The Wood Canyon Fire Road On The Right, And The Posted Wood Canyon Vista Trail On The Right. (The Backbone Trail Continues On The Wood Canyon Vista Trail.) Continue Down The Forested Canyon Under A Canopy Of Sycamores And Coast Live Oaks, Passing The Serrano Canyon Trail On The Left, The Overlook Fire Road On The Right, And The Scenic Trail On The Right. The Trailhead Gate Appears Shortly After The Scenic Trail. From The Gate, The Paved Path Leads Through The Campground To The Shuttle Car At The Big Sycamore Canyon Trailhead.
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