By Talya Adams
Yesterday, I finally went out on a ride out to Point Mugu State Park. This location has been on my list of destination trips for a while. When I was researching the park, I discovered it offered amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and wonderful hiking trails. I figured this would be a good trip to kick off my summer adventures.
First things first, let’s talk about the routes. This is an essential part of any good ride. I kept things straight forward and simple yesterday because I wanted to beat traffic and arrive early. With this in mind, I drove from mid city Los Angeles on the I-10W to the PCH north. It was around 9:15am by the time I hit the PCH, so traffic moved quite well.
Despite the free flowing traffic, it still took upwards of forty minutes to reach Point Mugu. It’s located at the tip of Malibu before Oxnard, so keep in mind the park is not close. The PCH did offer plenty of ocean views and the wonderful smell of salt water in the air.
An alternate route was to head north on the US 101, up to exit 53B. This road is the CA-34. It’s a great stretch of isolated straight road. The 34 runs right into the PCH, and then it’s a short journey south.
Once I arrived at the park, it took some time to figure out the best parking scenario. To park inside the state park cost $12, same across the street at the state beach. I ended up parking just south of the state beach along the road to save money. There are multiple street signs informing drivers not to park in certain areas, and there is only one small strip of road which can fit about eight cars I’d say legally. This is where I ended up, wedged between two cars.
The best thing I did for this trip was to wake up early and beat the sun. Initially, I thought the weather wasn’t going to turn, as it was overcast for most of the morning, but that all changed once noon hit. That’s when the temperature rose and I really started to feel the effects of the sun.
Please check back for part two of my review.
Stay safe in these streets!