Summary: This trail is dedicated to Dr. Mario A. DeCampos who was a well-known family doctor in the area and the stone memorial at the peak is dedicated to him.
Try this hike after a rainstorm and you will be rewarded aplenty as the Sulphur Spring Fire Road meanders along the northeastern rim of the San Fernando Valley. You will be following a well maintained fire road that climbs steadily up to a little grove of four oak trees just below the summit of Mission Peak. This is a great spot to have a snack before making the final ascent. There are two ways to go up: you can follow the obvious steep trail on the eastern side or you can keep following the fire road around the next bend to the left and then up a another moderate trail to the left again.
Mission Point can also be reached more commonly from a trail out of O'Melveny Park on Sesnon Blvd.
Trailhead: From the 405 fwy heading north get on the 118 fwy going west and exit Balboa Blvd and turn right going north. After a few blocks make a left on Jolette Ave and take it all the way up past Sesnon Blvd. and then make a left on Doric St. Turn right on Neon Way and soon it will dead end into a culdesac. This is the trailhead. (Lat:34.30494 Lon:-118.51436)
Trail Guides for Mission Point from Neon Way:
Afoot and Afield in Los Angeles
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area (805) 370-2301
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Eric Altizer, who has posted 13 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Terry M. on 6/1/2012
I've taken two different routes up to Mission point over the last two weekends. The first trip via the suggested route (Neon way.) On the 2nd trip I made my way up from East Canyon in Santa Clarita. (Off the Old Road south of Towsley Cyn.) This route gives you an 8.8 mile round trip with just under a 1400 foot elevation gain. Follow the East Canyon trail to the top and bear right at Weldon Mountainway marker. Continue to locked gate then bear left. (There are two signs pointing the way to Mission Peak,) Follow the obvious trail through several open gates for approx. 1.25 miles then bear right up to the top. I found this way VERY peaceful and pretty. Beautiful meadows, plenty of shade from all the oaks. Even met a coyote on the way.
Reviewed by Bill on 5/18/2012
Hiked the trail from Neon with my wife. Wonderful to experience these hills again 60 years later. I grew up on a ranch near Jolette and Westbury in the 50s. Hiked to the point many times as a boy. Not from Neon of course because in those days I just left our ranch house and headed NW to the top. Used to gather mistletoe from the oak trees near the top and sell them during the Christmas season at the corner of Rinaldi and Balboa. Very glad that people are continuing to enjoy this mountain country. Could not believe the number of tract homes where there was once just orange groves and grassy hills!
Reviewed by PAS on 4/10/2012
for Northridge,Chatsworth folks.WEST APPROACH,ALTERNATE ROUTE. From Reseda Blvd. Go to north end of reseda to sensor. Make right,park along curb. Go down fire road to stream and take small trail up toward large homes.follow trail up saddle,there is only one way. Keep going up to unused fire road,go left,up road , road rapidly turns into poor trail that land slid years ago. You can see a small trail.....keep following on loose rock. You then reach a fence and 20incd diameter drain pipe,squeeze through,past gas well( stay behind camera)continue up
Reviewed by Karina on 1/7/2012
This hike was amazing! Pretty intense work out for me and I'm sure I will feel the aches and pains tomorrow. It was such a liberating experience getting to the very top of Three Trees. I have never hiked up a mountain like this before and I felt to accomplished. It can get pretty steep at some points but I highly recommend this hike to everyone. There were hikers of all ages, children and seniors so you know you can make it. The view was so amazing and you can see all of the valley. When you turn around you can even see the Castaic Lake dam! Great way to start off 2012 : )
Reviewed by Nathan on 1/3/2012
Hiked up to Mission Point with my mom yesterday. The scenery itself is not particularly impressive, but the views are spectacular. It was so clear we could see downtown LA and the ocean. I thought the most interesting part was how close it is to highly populated areas. The trailhead starts from a cul de sac. This is a great hike if you live nearby and are looking for some exercise.
Reviewed by Neil on 9/2/2011
Hadn't been up here in about 15 years. Rode my mountain bike from Neon Way yesterday. Steeper than I remembered. Well maintained, brush cleared well with nice buffer zone into the bush. Hazy but I did get above the inversion layer. I'm 56 and Three Trees was legend in my youth and always feels like an accomplishment and worth the effort to an old North Valley kid, er, man. Great down hill on the bike, friendly folks on the trail.
Reviewed by mk on 7/31/2011
We hiked this 28 years ago and today was the repeat. About halfway up we encountered a snake on the trail with its head in a hole. Husband took a wide detour around, at which time the snake slithered up the hill so I was able to pass. Beautiful view from Three Trees and and from the monument above. It got very hot on our way down after about 1:00 p.m. A good workout with some nice views of downtown L.A., Mt. Wilson, Santa Susana Pass, Warner Center, and the Santa Monica Mtns. and every thing in between, and wildflowers along the way. Next time we'll start earlier.
Reviewed by Melinda on 7/27/2011
This hike is very intense but I love it, I hiked this trail with my boyfriend and his dog. It's all uphill from the begining (so its all downhill when heading back), there are a few points where it levels out and there's very few shady areas until you get to the grove of oak trees, but once you get there its so worth it. The view is amazing and if you make it all the way to the top you get a full 360 of the valley and parts of santa clarita. I will deffinently come back to this trail again.
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