Pt Mugu

Sycamore Canyon: Serrano Valley Course

Water: 
Trailhead
Restrooms: 
Restroom and shower at trailhead
Distance: 
10mi
Course Number: 
10 (similar)

This run starts and ends in Sycamore Canyon, climbs up the Old Boney Trail for about 1½ miles to an elevation of 1160 feet with spectacular views of Sycamore Canyon, Boney Mountain, and the Nike Station above La Jolla Meadow. The run then descends into beautiful Serrano Valley with rolling grassland meadows that are a lush green in winter and a golden brown in summer. From Serrano Valley the route follows the streambed, crossing it a half dozen times and heads into a lush forested area and back to Sycamore Canyon.

 

Sycamore Canyon: La Jolla Valley

Water: 
Trailhead
Restrooms: 
Restroom and shower at trailhead
Distance: 
11.75mi
Course Number: 
9

This run starts in Sycamore Canyon, climbs to the ridge west of the canyon, loops around the pond at the east end of La Jolla Valley and returns to Sycamore Canyon. There are good views of Boney Mountain and La Jolla Valley. This is Run # 9 in "50 Trail Runs in Southern California."

Trailhead Directions:

Circle X Ranch / Sandstone Peak

Water: 
Trailhead
Restrooms: 
Trailhead
Distance: 
10.3mi
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This extremely scenic run begins and ends at the Circle X Ranch parking lot on Yerba Buena Road. It heads out the Canyon View Trail, crosses Yerba Buena Road to the Sandstone Peak Trailhead, and continues on to the Mishe Mokwa Trail. The route goes past Split Rock and Tri Peaks before turning onto the Backbone Trail, passing close by Sandstone Peak (the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains), and returns to Circle X Ranch via the Canyon View Trail. This course offers sweeping valley to ocean vistas, as well as views of spectacular rock formations.

Ray Miller Trail to Mugu Peak

Water: 
Trailhead
Distance: 
16 miles
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This run begins and ends at Ray Miller Trailhead, climbs to a ridge with good views of Boney Mt., Sycamore Canyon, and La Jolla Valley before crossing into La Jolla Valley. We then circle Mugu Peak before returning to the starting point. Long a favorite of the Trailrunners Club.

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