The Perfect Day Trip: Point Mugu State Park

Point Mugu State Park is in the Santa Monica Mountains, 13 miles from Channel Island Shores. The State Park features 5 miles of oceanfront beaches and 70 miles of hiking trails surrounded by canyons with seasonal rivers and grassy valleys. Grab the sunblock and plenty of water because we have mapped out the perfect day trip to Point Mugu State Park for your next visit.

Point Mugu State Park

What you will need:

  Comfortable walking/hiking shoes

  Light jacket

  Bathing suit




  Bagged lunch


The State Park opens at 8am and closes at dusk. We suggest getting an early start so you can get the most out of your adventure. Pick up a hiking map and start the day off at the Satwiwa Cultural Center before embarking on the historic land that once sustained the Chumash and Tongva/Gabrielino cultures.


Ready to hit the hiking trails? With 25 trails built for hiking, biking, birdwatching, and more, you are guaranteed to find the perfect path for you.


Explore one of these three popular trails, great for the whole family:


  • Point Mugu Scenic and Overlook Trails Loop (easy) – Length: 2.7mi.  Est. 1h 12m
  • Mugu Peak Trail (hard) – Length: 2.7mi. Est. 2h 4m
  • Big Sycamore Canyon Trail (easy) – Length: 15.2 Est. 5h 21m – (popular for biking, hiking, horseback riding, and birdwatching)


Once you hit peak, most trails will provide expansive ocean views. Unpack your lunch and soak up the scenery before making your way down to the beach for sunset.   


Point Mugu State Park creates a variety of escapades for the hikers, swimmers, and photographers. After a long day of exploring, unwind at Channel Island Shores where you can relax and restore for your next adventure.



Starting January 2, 2024, the resort will undergo a state mandated balcony/stairs repair project. Noise and construction may affect the resort guests. We anticipate this project to be completed in August 2024. As with all renovation projects, it is our goal to adhere to the aforementioned schedules; however, they are subject to change.


Need Help?


Live chat available Mon - Sat
8am - 5pm PST

Live Chat