Hiking in Ventura County Coast

Ventura County Coast boasts panoramic mountain and ocean views, perfect for hiking enthusiasts. In Camarillo, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, and Ventura, there are beach and woodland hiking trails suitable for all ages. Here are our top picks!

Anacapa Island

Anacapa Island, a one-hour boat ride from Ventura Harbor Village, is a great day trip for hikers looking to explore an entire island. The easy trails and stunning views make it an appealing experience for all ages. For those who want a true rustic connection with the Channel Islands, camping is also available.

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Camarillo Oak Grove County Park

Camarillo Oak Grove County Park offers newly expanded trails for both beginners and experienced hikers. This beautiful park is dog-friendly as long as they are kept on a leash, so the entire family can experience the pastoral views of Pleasant Valley and the hills of Camarillo.

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Port Hueneme Beach Trail

The Port Hueneme Beach Trail is a four-mile moderate-level trail that features beautiful wildflowers along the coast of Port Hueneme Beach during spring. It’s a great trail for bird watching or to walk during sunset, so bring your camera.

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Point Mugu State Park

Avid hikers love to scale Mugu Peak in Point Mugu State Park, Port Hueneme. The cliffs tower over the Pacific Ocean. While it’s more of a strenuous trek recommended for experienced hikers, the stunning scenery and ocean vista make it worth every step!

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Ocean’s Edge and River’s Edge Trails

The Ocean’s Edge and River’s Edge Trails in Ventura are located at Emma Wood State Beach, which borders both the Pacific Ocean and the Ventura River. The trails make up an easy 1.5-mile loop where you can see the beach, river, and estuary. A great choice for active families who love nature walks!

Arroyo Verde Park Loop

The Arroyo Verde Park Loop is a 2.9-mile, lightly trafficked trail located near Ventura that is rated as moderate and has lovely wild flowers in spring. Added bonus: it’s a loop trail, so there’s no way to get lost. Arroyo Verde is a popular trail primarily used for hiking, walking, and running, and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also allowed on this trail but must be kept on a leash.

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Smugglers Cove Hike

Take a boat with Island Packers across the Channel Islands Harbor from Oxnard to Smugglers Cove Hike on Santa Cruz Island, the Channel Islands’ most popular hike. With stunning 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, this is a fantastic hike for those who are experienced and looking to spend the entire day outdoors and unplugged.

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Visit these regions of Ventura County Coast

Camarillo
Oxnard
Ventura
Port Hueneme
Channel Islands National Park

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Ventura County Coast

Ventura County Coast is a string of four communities that radiate warmth from welcoming people and California sunshine. The region embodies the casual and active spirit of classic, where the seafood is fresh, the beer is handcrafted and the weather is the kind you dream about. Spend the day exploring miles of beaches, incredible harbors or lush green golf courses. Hop on a boat for a day trip to the Channel Islands National Park, where you can see breathtaking views of the Southern California coastline. With a bustling culture, high end and vintage shopping, a lively culinary spirit and beautiful outdoor experiences, Ventura County Coast calls on every visitor to find their vibe. From hiking and biking to sailing and snorkeling, from shopping and dining to just plain relaxing, Ventura County Coast will fill your days with a lifetime of memories.

Camarillo

Camarillo

An hour north of Los Angeles, Camarillo is nestled at the base of the Conejo foothills surrounded by verdant green fields and cool ocean breezes. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, enjoy Camarillo alfresco. From outdoor shopping and concerts, to delicious dining and fun events, Camarillo has it all. With small town charm and a rich history, it is the place for romantic weddings and corporate venues. Visit the historical sites and museums during the day, and walk along Old Town for dinner and drinks at night. A great getaway for everyone, Camarillo is the ideal place to Come for the Sun, Stay for the Fun.

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Oxnard

Oxnard

Rally your tribe and head for the Central Coast. California cool, panorama-perfect, culturally authentic and vibrant beyond measure. Oxnard is home to miles of pristine white sand beaches, electric nightlife, some of the best taquerias in the state, historic Victorian era architecture, the California Strawberry Festival, and an expansively picturesque harbor that serves as the closest access point to the Channel Islands National Park. Just sixty miles northwest of LAX and in close proximity to Santa Barbara and other major destinations, Oxnard is one of California’s best kept secrets.

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Ventura

Ventura

A place that embodies a casual soul and unexpected allure, Ventura is a vibrant town that checks stress and pretense at the door.  Its artistic culture, enduring history and privileged locale is crazy-inviting, very much alive, and refreshingly human.

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Port Hueneme

Port Hueneme

Just sixty miles northwest of Los Angeles, in the heart of the Central Coast, you’ll find Port Hueneme, the friendly city by the sea. Port Hueneme is the place for travelers looking to dig their toes in the sand, take a long walk, drop a fishing line off the pier or just kick back and relax. With walking and biking trails winding throughout the city and a perfect climate almost year round, you can revive your soul in Hueneme.

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Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park is an American national park that consists of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California, in the Pacific Ocean.

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