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Sycamore Canyon Falls

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Views of Boney Mountain, waterfall, deep canyon walls
Near:Newbury Park, CA
Distance:5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:700 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: This hike includes breathtaking views of Old Boney Mountain as you leave Satwiwa cultural center area and a pleasant hike down into the steep Sycamore Canyon. The waterfall at the hikes half way point is this highlight. The waterfall is almost 100 foot high and consists of a number of cascades that tumble over shear rock when water flow is high enough. This is a rather spectacular and secluded area. There is a big flat topped boulder that you can sit on to have lunch and watch the waterfall. Watch out for the poison oak near the waterfall as the area is covered with it!

The path shown on topo forms a loop that goes down Boney trail, then doubles back through sycamore canyon to hook up with the main fire road for a return to the parking 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 Sycamore Canyon Falls:
Day Hikes in Ventura County California
by Robert Stone  (Day Hike Books)

Easy Hiking in Southern California
by Ann Marie Brown  (Foghorn Press)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
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
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 3   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Lin on 6/10/2013
Have always liked this hike but after the Spring fire it was a totally difference experience. Not a lot of shade this time and after the fire - but just another view of this great trail. No water in creek with the exceptions of some small pools. But not snakes either!

Reviewed by Dave on 5/26/2013
About a year ago, I hiked to the falls for about the 6th time. I got very adventurous in my old age, 63, and scaled the rocks on the side of the bottom two tiers. I discovered two more tiers with natural pools then hiked along the creek bed for more than an hour in complete wilderness. It was the hike of a lifetime. I never did find the source of the water that fed the falls.

Reviewed by girljo on 1/5/2013
Nice hike in winter when it's brisk and not blazing hot in the Santa Monica Mtns. Trail along creek is nice w/ lots of stream crossings. (dry this trip) You can easily add to this route & see the cabin ruins & the monument.

Reviewed by Teresa on 6/6/2010
Nice hike, rattle snake crossed the road but otherwise didnt see any. Beautiful butterflies were everywhere. Not much water tho and the flies were HORRIBLE and they bite, be sure you where bug repellent of some kind.

Reviewed by DH on 3/14/2010
Hiked this yesterday morning. Absolutely beautiful, especially after the recent rains. Another hiker said the falls were the best they've been in 10 years. This time of year everything is green and flowers are blooming. Only drawback of course where there is water you find mosquitoes...don't forget the repellent!

Reviewed by MW on 1/22/2009
Nice hike. Yes, there are mountain lions and snakes in the mountains. That is their natural habitat and all they have left. If you are hiking or mountain biking you should always respect and expect this and know what to do in such a situation.

Reviewed by Tk on 1/17/2009
got scared saw snakes and mountain lion.. he was looking at my husband and I within 25 feet, only a few car lengths away. Very very scared! good luck and keep your eyes open!!

Reviewed by Pep.A on 11/14/2008
It was a really good hike sure i've been on it before because i'm still a kid and went thier for many field trips for school but me and my family took a different trail. Very cool i saw a good glimps of boney mountain and the waterfall had some water in it,but other than that it was awesome i would go agian!

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