Last month, the Springs fire ravaged Point Mugu State Park. Peter and I had such a good time hiking there before, we thought we’d return this weekend to survey the damage now that the park has reopened. The destruction was impressive.
Peter and I entered the park from the south side along PCH and took the La Jolla Canyon trail to the Mugu Peak trail, which took us (unsurprisingly) to Mugu Peak. See a similar–though not identical–route written up at Modern Hiker. The hike itself was very pleasant with a good variety of canyons, rolling hills and mountain face ascents. The change in scenery compared to our previous visit was astonishing — it felt like an alien landscape. The satellite array on a neighboring hill only enhanced the Martian quality of the barren topography.
- [![Mugu Burnt Trees I](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1325.jpg)](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1325.jpg "Mugu Burnt Trees I")
- [![Mugu Burnt Trees II](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1326.jpg)](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1326.jpg "Mugu Burnt Trees II")
- [![Mugu Burnt Trees III](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1327.jpg)](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1327.jpg "Mugu Burnt Trees III")
- [![The Barren Trail](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1330.jpg)](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1330.jpg "The Barren Trail")
- [![Barren Landscape](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1335.jpg)](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1335.jpg "Barren Landscape")
- [![Mugu Lagoon (and AFB)](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1336.jpg)](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1336.jpg "Mugu Lagoon (and AFB)")
- [![Burnt Oaks](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1340.jpg)](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1340.jpg "Burnt Oaks")
- [![Life Returning](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1341.jpg)](http://www.willrosenbaum.com/content/images/2013/06/IMG_1341.jpg "Life Returning")