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
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Reviewed by JimZ on 10/23/2005
I enjoyed leading a group of cub scouts down to Sycamore Falls and back. Although this hike has a cummulative 750 foot elevation gain, even our little tiger scouts made it without too much compaining. The misty fog added to the neat atmosphere in the deep dark grotto with the water trickling down the cascades. Great hike.
Reviewed by TJ on 8/10/2005
The waterfalls are great but riding your bike down to the beach is the best!!!!
Reviewed by Jasna on 3/28/2005
I enjoyed the hike. It was relatively scenic and a pleasant hike for a novice. It was a little challenging going up the hills and the path was a little eroded from the recent rainfalls...but doable. The views towards the top were awsome. I didn't make it all the way to the falls but wouldn't mind going up there some time and completing the hike. Would have liked to see more signage giving direction towards the falls.
Reviewed by RC on 1/17/2005
After the rains its beautiful. The white noise from the falls dampens all sound from the surrounding area. The falls crash down crystal white with lush green forests on the way back. Follow the trail as posted on this website and this scenic route back will be fun and beautiful. You will have to cross the stream about 10 times total though. The falls are climbable, be very very cafeful though.
Reviewed by Oanh on 2/9/2004
The hike was tough on at least three steep hills. At the top of the mountain, the view is breathtaking.
Reviewed by Josh and Beth on 4/5/2003
Okay hike, nothing great on the way there. Once in the canyon, there was some nice scenery but the trail was crowded. We went on a Sunday morning and it was way too packed for us.
Reviewed by Mike on 2/18/2003
Have done this hike several times. Always very enjoyable. From here, you can hook up with the La Jolla loop and continue to the ocean. From La Jolla camp ground to Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park is about 8 miles one way. Other than the 1/2 mile steep grade at the Newbury Park end, these trails make for excellent hiking and biking.
Reviewed by Kathleen on 1/28/2003
This hike had the most wonderful views. The majority of the trail was lush and extremely green. We decided the take the extended boney trail loop but had to double back when we realized it was longer than we thought. This one is a beauty and challenging too!
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