Summary: This is a great family hike, with lots of variations possible depending the ages and energy of family members. The hike starts out on the fire road heading down into Big Sycamore Canyon. After a quarter mile or so, go left at the wooded bridge and visit the combo ranger station and Indian cultural center, with a number of great kid friendly exhibits. Pick up a map of the area at the Ranger station, and head out on the Satwiwa loop trail across the lovely rolling grasslands, with the stunning Boney Mountain looming overhead. In springtime the wildflowers are stunning. Highlights along the trail include a lovely pond, an old windmill, some oak groves, and lots of pretty scenery.
The trail is relatively easy, but there is one section shown on the topo map that has a gradual 300 foot rise. An alternative trail allows you to skip this section of you have very little ones with you.
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 Satwiwa Loop:
On The Trail - Malibu to Santa Barbara
by Cathy Philipp (Cathy Philipp Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
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 JimZ on 3/30/2009
Lovely rolling green hills with some golden poppy's starting to emerge. Perfect day
Reviewed by Dave on 9/4/2008
I did a variation of this hike on Labor Day weekend as a warm up for Horn Canyon trail in Ojai. There is one trail that heads east past the loop towards Hidden Valley Road but it ends by a broken down wooden gate. Saw a deer on the trail while heading back towards Satwiwa loop, from there went Alot of folks out that day! Try again in the spring. See current conditions at: http://www.pbase.com/dsograph/satwiwa_loop_2008
Reviewed by Scott on 1/20/2008
A lovely place with easy hiking through a hilly, grassy meadow. Many families here. For tougher hiking, head uphill past the waterfall or downhill into Sycamore Canyon on the paved road (which eventually turns to dirt and leads all the way to the ocean).
Reviewed by Jenny on 1/1/2008
This is a very pleasant stroll. We saw a couple of coyotes any many birds. I imagine it would be beautiful when the wildflowers are in bloom. My dog also enjoyed the hike. We saw many people on the trail, but I wouldn't say it was crowded. Will go back after some rains and check out the waterfall.
Reviewed by hb on 3/4/2007
Definitely pleasant. The cultural center is really the highlight as the "hike" is really more of a "stroll". But very nice all the same. Try it once.
Reviewed by Abby on 5/14/2006
i liked it a lot
Reviewed by LD on 4/22/2006
We thought it was very scenic. We went in the spring (April) and there were lots of pretty wildflowers. The waterfall was lovely. We saw a lizard. We will go back to hike some of the other trails.
Reviewed by MC on 1/21/2005
We went after the recent rains, and the grasses were lush and green. There's a side trail that goes to a 3 tier waterfall, and it only adds 1.5 miles to the hike. When we went, the waterfall was raging. Overall, very worthwhile, at least in the wintertime.
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