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On the western edge of the Santa Monica Mountains is Pt. Mugu State Park. My father and I had hiked there several times when I was a teen and one of those hikes was from the Conejo Valley to La Jolla Valley. La Jolla Valley is in the southwest portion of the park, surrounded by hills that fall off to the coast in the south and to the Oxnard Plain and the Pt. Mugu Naval Base to the west.
The main trail in the park runs from the north entrance in the Conejo Valley down Big Sycamore Canyon to the coast. I attempted to reach La Jolla Valley last month via this route and ended up taking the wrong trail that took me to the northeast entrance to the valley but took enough time that I needed to head back once I reached that point. This time, I decided to hike up from the coast via La Jolla canyon to the valley. Upon reaching the trailhead, I found that the trail up the canyon was closed and I ended up hiking up the Ray Miller trail which heads up the side of the canyon to a fire road along the hills east of La Jolla Valley.
This time I hiked into the valley about a 1/3 of the way in, but turned back since it was beginning to get late and I had to hike back down to the trailhead where I was parked. My initial thought was that I’d take shots with my phone on the way up and then shoot with my regular cameras in the valley and the way down, but due to the fading light on the hike down I only shot a few photos in the valley and along the fire road at the top of the ridge.
There were lots of sunflowers along the Ray Miller trail.
California Poppies, our state flower.
Point Mugu and Mugu Rock from high above on the Ray Miller Trail(10x zoom).
Bonny Mountains and Sandstone Peak from the west.
Laguna Peak is part of the Pt. Mugu Navy Base. Prior to his retirement, my dad worked on the base and took me up there once.
As I entered the valley, there was a light mist, I turned around to see this bit of a rainbow off to the northern side of the valley.
Looking east down the main road through the valley to Bonny Mountains.
Same shot with my infrared camera using the 590nm filter.