Trail, Newbury Park
be a very deceptive hike so after searching on the Internet for sometime
and having hiked there around 3 times, I think you and other visitors
need some reliable information about Boney Mountain hike in Santa Monica
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is a peak of the sandstone Boney Mountain formation, in Circle X Ranch
Park of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Southern
California. It is one of the highest points in the Santa Monica Mountains,
and is in Ventura County. From peak, you can have views of the Pacific
Ocean, Channel Islands, and Mount Baldy. Plus Camarillo, Oxnard and
Ventura city, Newbury park and some parts of Simi Valley. There was
a big fire in May 2013 which has burnt many trees in some areas. You
can see this in the begining part of the trail. You can see this barren
area (which used to be green earlier) in a panoramic view at the bottom
of the page.
actually two ways to reach to the top of Boney Peak. Many start from
Circle X ranch in Santa Monica mountains.
However majority of people start from Newbury park in Ventura county.
This because Circle X is a bit difficult to reach compared to easy access
to the trailheads in Newbury park. In this write-up, I am going to focus
on trailheads in Newbury park. There can be two trailheads in Newbury
park itself- one on the Potrero Road where Wendy Dr ends. There is a
dirt parking lot of a few cars. Or you can drive little more West on
Potrero and enter through the official parking lot of Santa Monica Mountains
NPS office and start from there. See the map below for both entrances.
park, there can be three popular versions of Boney Mountain hike.
Mountain Overlook hike: Mark Zuber on Localhikes.com
has a very good info about this. Many other websites and blogs on
the Internet have probably copied info from it but in the process
they have made it more complicated. The keyword of this version is
Overlook. Don't overlook that important word ;)
I did hike with some parents and young kids on March 30, 2014 and
we paid the price. I kept thinking of the hike to the peak as being
7.5 miles and we eneded up hiking around 10-11 miles. Of course it
was tougher but we all enjoyed it. However this confusing info out
there on the Internet is the reason I am writing this page to help
fellow hikers and local families.
The details on LocalHikes.com does not take you to the top of the
Boney Peak. This one takes you to an Overlook point from
where you can have stunning views of the peak.
I am coping info from LocalHikes with the most important part highlighted
"This hike includes some breathtaking up-close views of
the shear rock faces of Boney mountain. Follow the Satwiwa Loop
trail west past a pretty pond, then bear right at a quarter
mile and head toward the Boney Mountain Trail across the open
grassland. Go left on the Boney mountain trail and follow above
sycamore canyon to where it drops into the base of the canyon
to a lovely waterfall a few hundred yards past the Hidden Valley
Trail junction. Backtrack to the Boney Mountain trail and continue
upwards towards the Danielson Monument, bearing left at a trail
marker pointing towards the monument. From the monument/old
cabin site, head south for about 1 mile to
a stunning overlook of Boney Mountain, which is our turnaround
point. You will see a bench
like rock on the trail with an unforgettable view of
the rock faces."
Remember, this is the turning point or the destination point as
per Mark Zuber. Up to this point is 7.5 miles and 1600 feet elevation!!!
We overlooked this point yesterday and kept going for the peak!!
Took us another hour or so but took us to even more staggering views.
Read about this in #2 below. However see the image below which shows
the Boney Mountain view from this Overlook point. It is shot with
a Kodak AZ521 camera with I guess 40-50x zoom.
Mountain 360 degree Overlook hike:
First we need to name this overlook point. It takes you very close
to Boney Peak and provides even better, more stunning and also 360
degree views that span across miles and miles in each direction. I
couldn't find a name of this overlook point so I am going to call
it Boney Mountain 360 overlook hike. From this 360 overlook
point, you can see Boney peak very closely but there is still a valley
in between. Apart of the Boney peak next to you, you can see almost
all of Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Newbury park and most of Thousand
Oaks. Click on this
link. Let the full resolution photo download and then view it in full
screen to enjoy the spectacular
panoramic view from Bony mountains.
If you continue (this is what we did yesterday with some 6-7 year
old kids) from the Overlook point in #1, you will ultimately reach
to this 360
Directions. They are simple once are at the Overlook point mentioned
in #1 above. Just continue going up. I personally don't think that
many people turn back from the Overlook point above. Most of them
continue to the 360 overlook point. The
trail continues. I didn't notice and confusing points. Just keep going
up another 1.5 miles or so with some ups and some minor downs. You
are probably climbing another 600-800 feet or so.
Thanks to a friend, Priyesh Shah, I have actual tracking of the hike:
Max elevation: 799 m (2621 ft)
Min elevation: 183 m (600 ft) - As you go up and down at places, the
total elevation in the hike should be around 2400-2500 feet.
Boney Peak Trail:
This is a version that takes you to the top of the peak. I have not
done this yet so I can not write anything with authority. However
I do want to get on the Peak someday. This is probably the toughest
alternative to hikes around Boney Peak. (Come back after some time
for info on this trail too.)
Doing some research, looks like there is some confusion, at least
for Google-god lol! Wiki shows the peak at (34.116281, -118.940434)
but Google has labled a different place as Boney Peak!!! See the map
screenshot below. If you have some accurate info about the peak, please
let me know. If the coordinates are right, it is easier to reach on
the peak from Mishe
If what Google lables as Mt Boney Peak is correct, you can reach it
after a long long hike from either Mishe Mokwa trail or from Newbury
park. From Newbury park, start on the Boney Mountain Overlook trails.
When you see a board for Fossil Trail (or Old Boney Rd) start walking
on it...for miles and miles LOL.
If you didn't see the board of Fossil Lake and end up reaching Danialson's
cabin. Turn back and within 0.2 miles you will see a trail diversion
which can take you on Mt Boney Peak that Google thinks and lables
as Boney Peak.
Photos for Boney Mountain 360 degree Overlook hike
As shown in Bing Satellite image below, follow your way to the Waterfall.
This can be confusing as there are many trails mixing with each other
so print this page or do your homework right.
reach the Waterfall, follow the second map below. Continue on the Danielson
fire road. DON'T turn into the trail marked as FOSSIL Trail or Old Boney
Road as shown with a red X below. You must continue straight. You will
come to Danialson's cabin of which only a chimeny is left these days.
Rest for some time if needed. To continue, take the trail on the left
and you will be in a narrow but green trail. It will start getting more
challenging as you reach Overlook point. Take a look at the Boney peak
from there. Then continue on the trail. Keep going another 1.5 miles
or so. There are no more trails mixing with each other. Keep going until
you reach some nice big rocks. Go up, be carefull and enjoy the 360
When you reach this overlook point, you are done for hiking alternative
#2 above. See the photo below to make sure how this point looks. The
photo shows some stunning views in the background.
Panoramic view from 360 Overlook point: To enjoy the view, to some
extent, without 'wasting 7 hours' and 2000 plus calories, click on the
image to download and view this in high resolution.
One more view panoramic view on the way to Overlook and 360 Overlook
point. Same thing. Click on it to view the full resolution photo:
Some more photos:
Birdeye view of Newbury park with Kodak AZ521 camera.
This is Amgen headquarters in Thousand Oaks from this hike:
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