Located in the Santa Monica Mountains west of LA, the 15,000 acre Point Mugu State Park has over 35 miles of mountain bike trails. Riders craving a route that takes a little more strength and bike handling skills can try the 15.5-mile Sycamore Canyon loop (1600). If you can handle it, this mountain bike ride is well paced and scenically diverse: an easy warm-up, lovely scenery, tree-shaded lanes, open roads, single-track trails (8 mi.), a grinding sweat-in-the-eyes climb, exhilarating descents, splendid coastal views, ample water, wildlife, and wildflowers. The first 5.6 miles are a gentle ascent on Big Sycamore Canyon Trail to Ranch Center Road. The pedaling on Ranch Center Road is moderately difficult for 1.5 miles, and then the road drops rapidly for 0.8 miles. Wood Canyon Trail is picked up on the left and the route continues downhill for two miles to Overlook Trail at Deer Camp Junction. On Overlook Trail you climb very steeply for 1.5 miles and tackle the aptly named Hell Hill. The biking then gets easier as you mountain bike ride around the south side of an unnamed peak. Follow Overlook Trail to Big Sycamore Canyon Trail and turn right to return to the trailhead. The loop ends with an exhilarating three-mile descent.
The PMSP is located about 30 miles west of LA. The trail begins at the north end of the Big Sycamore Canyon Campground in Point Mugu State Park. The parks entrance is off the Pacific Coast Highway (SR 1), 32 miles west of Santa Monica and 12 miles east of Oxnard.
Overall, Big Sycamore Canyon Loop is the 10th most popular mountain bike trail of all 132 mountain biking rides in California.