Sycamore Canyon Trail
Distance: 0-2 Miles
Elevation Change: 0-500 Feet
There are some great trails around Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Valley, but 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 cayon, 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 Fireroad from the campground and the Satwiwa area at the north end provide lots of choices.
On the other hand, 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 Fireroad, are closed to bikes.
Via Goleta, Newbury Park, CA 91320