Summary: 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 turn-around point. You will see a bench like rock on the trail with an unforgettable view of the rock faces. Note that this last section of trail is very steep and it is not maintained, so use caution. Some hikers may want to continue on to the tri-peaks area.
Trailhead: From Highway 101/Ventura Freeway in Newbury Park, exit on Wendy Drive. Drive 2.5 miles south to Lynn Road and turn right. Continue a mile or so, then just past Reino road turn left into Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa Park on the left side of the road. (Lat:34.15322 Lon:-118.96565)
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Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Santa Monica Recreation Area - 805-370-2300
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Greg Abrams on 1/6/2014
On December 25, 2013, I set the Mount Boney Ascent Fastest Known Time from the Rancho Sierra Vista Satwiwa main parking lot past the Danielson Monument and up to the peak in 52 minutes 59 seconds. I recorded my run with the Garmin Forerunner 210 and uploaded my run to Strava. Here is the link to the run: http://www.strava.com/activities/101907906/overview 100% GPS verified. It's a great mountain with great views!
Reviewed by JDW on 6/2/2013
The trail is open after the fire! The first half of the hike feels like you're walking on the moon! But the big surprise happens when you round the bend approaching the cabin site and see the fire spared the whole side of the mountain all the way to the top! There is a little bit of burned area at the summit but the entire trail from the cabin to Tri-Peaks is untouched. I love this hike!
Reviewed by Paige on 4/10/2013
I was lead on this hike once years ago and have been longing to return. Thanks to this post I was able to!! The only thing I'd add (or take away I guess take away) from the above directions which got me confused is that when you get to the sign that directs you to the Satwiwa Loop trail, keep going straight and at the fork in the road, go right. If you care to see the waterfalls (a mere trickle this time of year), then peak around to the left at the fork. Otherwise head right and you'll end up at the Danielson Monument and up you go!!
Reviewed by BEANN on 12/5/2012
Great Hike. Best in the Thousand Oaks area. Went up past the cabin. There were flags set up, but rain washed them away. FKT 2:30.18 ?
Reviewed by Samantha on 8/22/2012
Great Hike...even in the heat, I wish the Waterfall was more of a flow, it will be pretty later on. I love the Rain ruts & Rocks going up, it was a challenge & fun :-) The Views at the top are breathtaking. My friend and I enjoyed a nice lunch talking & laughing...looking DoWN!!! The birds UP there really enjoyed my bite of sandwich I left. Very nice Hike, look forward to doing it again when its cooler.
Reviewed by Zebulon on 4/16/2012
First off this trail is great from the start all the way to the old cabin site and would hike this portion of the trail again. After that however it is not really even a trail but more of a rain carved rut. There is really no end of the trail because it seems as if it could go on forever. There is one spot where the trees thin and you can see Boney Mt. over the valley, we think this is where this trail ends but who knows. This is not easy past the cabin site, Rock scramble and up to 5' (YES FIVE FEET!) deep rain ruts mark the trail. BRING HIKING BOOTS if you go past the cabin.
Reviewed by Scott on 2/23/2012
Great hike on both sunny and cloudy days. If you have time, are adventurous, and don't mind route-finding, I recommend continuing beyond the Boney summit to Tri-Peaks and its caves. That challenging "trail" was horrendously overgrown with poison oak two years ago, but some brave soul kindly trimmed it ALL back recently. Bless his heart.
Reviewed by brian r on 12/29/2011
trail markings are not ideal. To summit, go through Danielson's monument, not on the Old Boney Trail to the west. From the Monument upward, the trail has highly eroded and steep sections that you'll want hiking boots for. The summit is broad, there are many peaks well worth exploring.
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