SENIORS DRIVE TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA



Seniors Visit Point Mugu State Park

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Point Mugu State Park, located in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Southern California is part of the Western Santa Monica Mountains. Senior visitors will find the park at 9000 West Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.

Point Mugu, features five miles of ocean shoreline, with rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and wide grassy valleys dotted with sycamores, oaks and a few native walnuts.

The name is believed to be derived from the Chumash Indian term “Muwu“, meaning “beach”, which was first mentioned by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in his journals in 1542. The beach features swimming, body surfing and surf fishing and is 15 miles south of Oxnard on the famed Highway One.

Seniors Find Famed Rock

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The park includes the jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area. The Mugu Rock is a distinctive feature of the coastal area that has been featured in many film shoots and television commercials.

The Rock was formed when a path for the Pacific Coast Hwy and was cut through the mountain. One visitor writes…“Point Mugu State Park may be a little bit of a haul for most L.A. residents, but it’s worth it.  After all, how many parks can boast great ocean views, quiet canyons, peaceful meadows, interesting geology – and two seasonal waterfalls?”

Senior hikers will discover more than 70 miles of trails that lead from the shore to the jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area. For more serious senior hikers, take in the Big Sycamore/Serrano Loop.  This epic trip of nearly 10 miles travels the southeastern corner of the park.

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Senior Hikers, Bikers and Campers, Take Note…

Peaceful Serrano Valley, the rugged Backbone Trail and dramatic views of the ocean and Sycamore Canyon are among the highlights. For a quick hike, try the “Scenic Trail – Overlook Fire Road, that will lead to awesome views of the Pacific.

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Point Mugu State Park is set in a quiet and secluded 14,000 acres of land. With all those miles of hiking trails, it’s great for hikers of all ages. For those of us who enjoy camping and wildlife, there is abundant wildlife including seals and dolphins with baby seals coming up on the beach every so often.

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Tack your bike on the back of your vehicle and enjoy a super ride. 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.

Seniors, plan a visit to Point Mugu State Park and enjoy the clean air, the views, the trails and the shoreline and all that the Park has to offer.  It will be a memorable visit. jeb

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