This is a loop hike. From the Sycamore Campground parking lot we’ll hike up Big Sycamore Canyon for about a mile and then head east on the Serrano Canyon trail into a densely wooded narrow canyon, with a lovely seasonal stream crisscrossing the trail numerous times, and abundant wildlife. As we begin to gain elevation and the trail starts turning north a stunning vista of rolling grasslands set against the steep outlines of Boney Ridge begins to emerge. This is Serrano Valley

We’ll explore the Serrano Family Home Site. This was a large ranch back in the day. The area is strewn with old farm equipment, water pumps, home items, and other artifacts. 

The last time we were there was 8/2013 just after the Springs fire. We saw a veritable bonanza of artifacts including home appliances, tools, etc. Before the fire, and probably now, the only artifacts visible we’ll see are those that rise above the tall grass, or ones we trip over.  Check out the pics from that day:

We’ll crisscross many of the old ranch roads and trails there. We’ll return to Sycamore Canyon via the Old Boney Trail. Its a little boring hiking back to PCH down Sycamore so perhaps we’ll take some side trails along the way — depending our tired we are

No Beginners. Hike is moderate to strenuous. I drew some lines on a map and I currently estimate hike will be about 10 miles with 1,000 ft net elevation gain (perhaps 2,000 ft total)….about 12 miles if we have to backtrack to the official trail.


On PCH just past Corral Canyon Rd

Click HERE for an interactive map with directions

They allow you to bring your own beverage: wine, soda, wine, beer, wine, etc. Bring some to share…I’m bringing a bottle of wine

Directions to trailhead

Take PCH to Sycamore Canyon Rd. Turn in and go to Kiosk. Pay, park or hang out. We’ll be meeting at the kiosk.

Sycamore Canyon Rd is 19 miles north/west of Malibu Canyon Rd. Its 5.9 miles south/east of Las Posas (you will pass by La Jolla Canyon).

There is a parking fee, credit cards ok. There is free parking on PCH about 1/4 mile north, but it may be blocked off by cones/k-rails, etc.


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