The Chumash Trail in Point Mugu State Park is found just off of Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County. This is a beautiful hike with spectacular views, a variety of terrain, and a comfortable distance (4-5 miles) for hiking a loop in an afternoon. We think this would be a great trail run, but be aware that some poison oak was spotted hanging into the trail, ankle level, in some areas. Long pants are advised. Pants would help guard against ticks, too. (Also note that dogs are not allowed on the trail.)
Find this hike in a dirt turn-out parking area with a portable restroom at the trailhead. The trailhead is situated directly across from the Navy Rifle Range, next to Mugu Lagoon. The trail begins very steep and the levels out after half a mile or so. The views of the ocean and the Channel Islands from this steep section are beautiful. Once over the rise, this trail leads around Mugu Peak, through chaparral, grasslands, and oak woodland.
The trail is a 4-5 mile loop with a couple of junctions. At the beginning of the hike, once the trail levels out, follow it down through the saddle to the open expanse and the La Jolla Valley Loop Junction. Follow the trail to the right and head down, through the meadow, to the oak woodland and stream crossing. At the fork, turn right and follow the trail, traversing the hillside. Wind along the south side of Mugu Peak and until the trial splits between the double peak. Turn right to go up Mugu Peak and turn left to continue on down and complete the trail loop.