Southern California day trip to Point Mugu

The Mugu Rock at Point Mugu, California. We wanted to go to the beach one weekend and we decided to go to Point Mugu since we haven’t been there in a long time. Since I have forgotten to take cash with me, I couldn’t park at the state beach and ended up parking right next to the Mugu Rock and then went down to a small rock beach nearby. We ended up having a great time and saw a sea lion and lots of pelicans. My daughter loved the trip.

Point Mugu State Park main tourist attractions

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  • It’s obvious that the Mugu Rock is the main attractions. There is plenty of free parking right next to the rock. You can hike to the top of the Mugu Rock and enjoy an amazing view of the ocean and surrounding mountains.
  • Enjoy the sun at the Point Mugu State Beach. This beach is not very well known and therefore is not crowded at all. Just a great place to enjoy the California sun.
  • Hike into Sycamore Canyon which is about one mile down the PCH. If you have time to do a longer hike you will get amazing views of the ocean and Boney Mountain in the background.

Point Mugu has sandy beaches and mountains.

The main attractions at Point Mugu are sandy beaches and the mountains. Obviously the star of show is Mugu Rock that towers over the ocean and adds a lot to the wild aspect of the California Coast. The Mugu Rock is a well known landmark in the area, and it attracts tourists as well as rock climbers.

Sandy beaches surround the Mugu Rock at Point Mugu, California.
Point Mugu, California - Sandy beaches surround Mugu Rock.
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Wildlife abounds around Point Mugu.

Point Mugu State Park abounds in wildlife. You can see pelicans, sea lions and dolphins on any regular day around Point Mugu. Right before (if you come south on the PCH) the Mugu Rock on the right side of the PCH you can see a wildlife preserve area that is home to many birds.

Large group of pelicans flying low over the ocean at Point Mugu, California.
Point Mugu, California - Large group of pelicans flying low over the ocean.
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How to get to Point Mugu, California

Point Mugu is right on the coast of California between the Port Hueneme and Malibu. Actually it’s just east of Port Hueneme and the Mugu Navy Base. Many people pass right by it not knowing its name.

It is located right on the 1 Highway (Pacific Coast Highway) and it’s very easy to spot because of the huge Mugu Rock that stands out on the side of the road towering over the ocean waves. So, depending where you’re coming from on the PCH you can’t miss the Mugu Rock.

From the 101 freeway you can exit Las Posas Road in Camarillo and head south towards the ocean. Las Posas will take you to the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) which you would take south for a couple of miles. It would take you about 15 minutes from the 101 to Point Mugu.

Map of Point Mugu, California and surrounding area.

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Once you see the Mugu Rock look for an entrance to the beach parking area on your right. It costs $5 per day to park at the beach. If you would rather not pay the $5 fee, you can keep driving past the Mugu Rock and park on the right in the first stop on the side of the road. There is a nice little beach there that gives you a great view of the Mugu Rock. It’s great for children because there are lots of rocks that hide lots of marine life forms.

Tourist resources

Point Mugu State Park WebSite

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