Rancho Sierra Vista Loop
ElevationAscent: 651' 199 m
Descent: -651' -198 m
High: 1,089' 332 m
Low: 789' 241 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
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“Run this loop for great views and to learn about Chumash culture.”— John McKinney
Once you've had your fill of the views here, turn left to follow the Danielson Road (Old Boney Trail) to the east. The trail will gain elevation briefly before passing the turn-off for the Satwiwa Loop Trail. Soon after passing that diverging trail, you'll reach a fork in the path. Take the path that leads to the right and you'll run down the hillside for 4/10 of mile to a juncture with the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail.
Continue past the junction for 2/10 of a mile without turning onto the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail to reach a a hairpin bend in the trail. Take the Old Cabin Trail Waterfall Spur that diverges from the bend to reach Sycamore Canyon Falls. Follow the creek along this path and you'll eventually reach the peaceful waterfall.
Once you've enjoyed the waterfall, re-trace your route back up the hillside along the Danielson Road (Old Boney Trail) until you reach the junction with the Satwiwa Loop Trail that you passed earlier. Take a right turn to follow the Satwiwa Loop Trail and follow it until you reach a juncture with the Wendy-Satwiwa Connector. Avoid following this connector trail and turn left to follow the Satwiwa Loop Trail as it passes by an old cattle pond and a Chumash village exhibit. You'll then arrive at the Satwiwa Culture Center, from which point you can re-trace your route back to the parking area for 3/10 of a mile along the service road.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area