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)
Trail Guides for Boney Mountian Overlook:
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Trail Map - Santa Monica Mtns West
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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 John on 4/20/2015
It has been about 16 years since I did this hike all the way to the top. The directions are perfect. right now you can still see the burned trees from the fires a few years ago. It is a great view as you are walking up to the monument. We did the hike in running shoes. Only issue was coming down lots of slipping may want to have trail running shoes or hiking boots. The last mile seems more like two miles plus it is rocky and steep but worth the view at the top.
Reviewed by Jon on 12/8/2014
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Reviewed by Dan on 11/24/2014
The description of this hike stops well short of the summit. The trail beyond the stopping point is generally better than the trail from the monument to there, but there are still some tough stretches. If you go all the way to the top, this is not a simple hike. It is physically demanding and has some very difficult stretches that are as hard to handle on the way down as on the way up, if not harder. Only do this hike if you are in decent shape. I have seen a number of people who didn't appear to fit that description sucking wind on the way up. Kudos to them if they made it to the top.
Reviewed by Harry Seaward on 5/29/2014
Great hike with great bouldering at the top. Wow Greg Abrams, that is an amazing time. How do you stay so modest?
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 ?
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