As the Pacific Coast Highway heads south towards the Malibu area, the sandy beaches of Ventura give way to a rocky coastline with stunning views. Yes, there IS a sand beach at the Point Mugu State Park...but it's relatively small. The Park offers two campgrounds: the parking lot-style Thornhill Broome Beach area (with ocean views) and the Sycamore Canyon area, with a sheltered, woodsy feel. Both tents and RV's are accepted at Point Mugu SP. There is a 31 ft limit to the length of motorhomes and trailers. Wifi service is available. At this time, we offer only campsite photos of Thornhill Broome beach.
The Park is reached by taking the Pacific Coast Hwy for about 15+ miles south of Oxnard.
9000 W. Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
The beach features swimming, body surfing and surf fishing. Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool evenings makes layered clothing your best option. There are more than 70 miles of hiking trails with rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and grassy valleys dotted with sycamores and oaks.
Point Mugu's Sycamore Canyon offers plenty of trails for both hiking and mountain biking, giving guests two vacations in one: both beach and mountain activities. Plus, this beach is the most isolated of the three Ventura County beach campgrounds.
From February through April, park visitors may see Pacific gray whales cresting gentle swells; if it's a wet winter, whitewater crashing down boulders in the crease of a breathtaking canyon; and, from October to mid-November, thousands of monarch butterflies clustering in shaded groves, their wispy wings resembling miniature black-and-orange stained-glass windows.
Point Mugu State Park can be thought of as three distinct sections: La Jolla Canyon, Sycamore Canyon and the Boney Mountain Wilderness Area. North of the state park is Rancho Sierra Vista (managed by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy) and Satwiwa (National Park Service).
La Jolla Valley lies at the far west end of the Santa Monica Mountains, adjoining Sycamore Canyon in Point Mugu State Park. This is a very popular area for hikers. All trails are well used, well maintained and most have firm, fairly smooth treads and are at most moderately steep. During the springtime, long green grasses and wildflowers are everywhere. The southern trails have spectacular views of the coast, and, to the east, Serrano Valley and Boney Mountain beyond. The trails are closed to mountain bikes except for La Jolla Valley Fire road. Conversely, the two main access trails are closed to horses, so the only equestrian access is by way of the same La Jolla Valley Fire road from Sycamore Canyon.
Many people consider Sycamore Canyon in Point Mugu State park to be the best, especially for novice and intermediate users. It has a great variety of single tracks and fire roads with a variety of degrees of difficulty, but none of them are really rocky, loose or rutted. It is secluded so you don't see any development, and there are lots of trees to provide shade and beauty. It can get hot here in the summertime, especially on the trails that climb out of the canyon, but it's still one of the least hot places to ride and hike. In the canyon there are trees and shade, but up on the higher trails there are great views.
Sycamore Canyon trails are very accessible. There is plenty of free parking at the top (north end) at the two trailheads, and ample paid parking in the campground at the bottom. For people who would like only a short and/or easy hike, the Sycamore Canyon Fire road from the campground and the Satwiwa area at the north end provide lots of choices.
The trails of the Boney Mountain Wilderness are more suited for good hikers. The trails are longer, steeper and sometimes rocky or rutted, but more secluded, and with fantastic views of nearby valleys and distant peaks. All trails in the Wilderness Area, east of Sycamore Canyon Fire road, are closed to bikes.
One unique feature of Sycamore Canyon is the availability of plumbed facilities. There are indoor bathrooms at or near each end of the main Sycamore Fire Road and outhouses in three places on that trail and one (sometimes) in Wood Canyon not far from the bottom of Hell Hill. Also, there are several fire hydrants that are outfitted with spigots so you can refill your water bottles.