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Tough Mugu

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25K Loop of the Tough Mugu Trail Race


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16.0

Miles

25.7

KM

91%

Runnable

1,220' 372 m

High

43' 13 m

Low

2,297' 700 m

Up

2,308' 703 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Overview

Strenuous start but rewarding with stunning ocean views.

Need to Know

Bring your GPS loaded with the Trail Run Project map in case you get lost. Cell phone coverage is in and out at best.

Runner Notes

Bring water and extra food for the 25K loop. Average runners can finish this loop in 3-4 hrs.

Description

The first 3K is a very difficult uphill climb from the parking lot along the Ray Miller Trail. There are a lot of switchbacks, so plenty of areas to catch your breath. The trail is narrow so you'll need to yield to those passing above or below you. Your hard work will be rewarded with some spectacular views of Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

After you reach the top of the Ray Miller Trail, you'll come to a wide fire road which then proceeds southwest bringing you to a singletrack trail. The trail is relatively well marked but it would be prudent to bring your GPS and plenty of water. The singletrack might be overgrown so gaiters, long pants, or calf sleeves are recommended. The singletrack will lead you up to the Point Mugu Peak which is extremely steep but manageable if you power hike it up.

From the peak, you'll travel north along another fire road which will bring you back to the Ray Miller Trail. If you don't want to do the entire 25K loop, I highly recommend doing the first 3K along Ray Miller for the views alone.

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A gorgeous day and spectacular views make for a wonderful time on the Ray Miller / Backbone Trail!
Feb 1, 2017 near Camarillo, CA
At the top of the trail right before the Overlook Trail intersection.
Feb 15, 2016 near Camarillo, CA
Great view even with the low clouds.
Sep 25, 2017 near Camarillo, CA
Point Mugu and Mugu Peak at sunset.
Sep 7, 2020 near Camarillo, CA
Golden Poppies in the natural garden.
Mar 16, 2018 near Camarillo, CA
Coastal fog and low clouds helps keep some wildflowers blooming through early July.
Sep 25, 2017 near Camarillo, CA

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