Very short notice and probably waaaay too early for most decent sleep-in types but if you and your tomorrow morning get off to a fast start and are looking for something outdoorsy to help kick off the Labor Day weekend, feel free to join my wife and I for a trek up La Jolla Canyon to Mugu Peak in Point Mugu State Park. Susan and I did the La Jolla Canyon/La Jolla Valley loop last March after we learned it was one of Ten Essential Hikes in the L.A. Times and vowed to return to conquer the 1,266-foot peak and take in what must be some breathtaking views (if any marine layer is willing to clear out).
We’ll be departing Silver Lake at the ungodly hour of 7:30 a.m. for the hour-ish trip to the park up Pacific Coast Highway. The plan is to be on the trail by 9 a.m. Afterwards, we’ll be rewarding our adventurous efforts with fresh steamed shrimp and corn on the cob and ice cold Coronas at the famed Neptune’s Net. Up for it?
Get there: Take Pacific Coast Highway north past Leo Carrillo State Beach and Sycamore Canyon to La Jolla Canyon, make a right and park in the lot (there is a nominal parking fee). More specific info on the Mugu Peak hike can be found here at the LocalHikes website.