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La Jolla Valley Natural Preserve,
Point Mugu State Park


Directions & Trail Map

In 1966, La Jolla Valley was acquired by the State of California as part of Point Mugu State Park. To encourage native grassland, La Jolla Valley Natural Preserve was established in 1972.

The La Jolla Valley trail starts out along the relatively easy La Jolla Canyon, moving through a little canyon carved by the stream running down the canyon. After about a mile and a half, rolling hills and grasslands of La Jolla Valley spread out before you. You will see a lovely pond on your left, you will head west across the entire expanse of the valley. During the spring, this valley is covered with wildflowers.

At about the four mile mark, the trail begins to swing around the north flank of Mugu Peak, eventually traversing along the steep hillside facing the ocean. This is a breathtaking section of trail with wonderful views of the ocean and the Navy base. At about six miles you will find a cutoff trail that take you up to the top of the 1,266 foot Mugu Peak. There are great views of both the ocean and La Jolla Valley. After enjoying the peak, rejoin the main trail for an easy two mile trek back to the car.

Trailhead: Drive up the coast north on Pacific Coast Highway from Malibu. About 1.5 miles north of Big Sycamore Canyon camp ground is the Ray Miller Trailhead, which is used to access La Jolla Valley. (Lat:34.08396 Lon:-119.03565)

Address: West on Pacific Coast Highway, 1 1/2 mi. north of Big Sycamore Canyon campground, Malibu
Phone: (818) 880-0350

Park Features:

April 20 - Innovation in the Golden Era, King Gillette Ranch
April 22 - 11am, Little Nature Explorers, Vista Hermosa Natural Park
April 26 - 9am, L.A. River Bird Walk, Marsh Park
April 26 - 9:30am, Free Bus Trip to the Mountains, Vista Hermosa Natural Park
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