One Steep Muni trail

Check it out on Google Earth (located at Point Magu, right across from the rifle range on Pacific Coast Highway). Great ocean view. Exhausting 40-minute hike up. Coordinates are:

Pointer 34 degrees, 05’ 38.53" N
119 degrees 03’ 42.18" W

So steep at points we could only go half a revolution at a time, pause, then crank another half revolution, pause, and on and on. Damn near blew my knees out backpressuring the pedals so hard.


My bad. It’s called POINT MUGU. On Google Earth, go to Malibu, California, and navigate up the coast to Mugu point. Half mile past is a blinding white turnout on the mountain side of the road. On the ocean side you can see a square cut shooting range. The trail shoots up the mountainside right off the white dirt turnout.

The main thing here is to encourage Muni folk to use Google Earth as a resource for referencing trails. You can download the program in a minute and it utilizes sat. photos that in some cases are so vivid you can see rocks on the trail. That way you can post about a trail and folks can cue it up on Google Earth and be amazed at the detail. It’s a fun exercise.

There’s surely a better way to locate a trail beyond posting the coordinates, like I did, but I am not that familiar with Google Earth and am not especially fluent in that kind of technology. Someone else can figure out a better and easier way.


…and don’t forget to tilt the angle down from 90 degrees to really see how steep it is!

I’m a big fan of Google Earth. Here’s where I ride muni most often:

27 degrees, 28’ 2.35" South
152 degrees, 56’ 33" East

The rockiness and short steep sections are unfortunately hidden by lots of trees.


To easily show someone where to go, create a placemark (menu ‘add’->‘placemark’). Then right-click on it, and you can save it as a file. Send it to anyone else who has Google Earth, and when they open it, they will go directly to that spot.

Incidentally, there’s a measuring tool in the ‘tools’ menu. That particular trail was about 0.6 miles long. You can get an idea of how steep it is by changing the viewpoint in the control panel below the window to be more ‘edge-on’.

Here’s the placemark for the Point Mugu trail:

when are they gunna have google earth for mac???

Yo, Josh (Entropy), you’re gonna have to spell that process otu a lot more, like step by step, for a bumbler like me to get it. You say save, but save as what, and how do you go about sending what you save to others. Remember, step by step or I’ll neer get it.


Okay, let me try again.

  1. Create a placemark.

To do this, go to menus ‘Add’ -> ‘Placemark’ OR type ‘Ctrl-N’.

This will drop a new placemark (Titled ‘Google Earth - New Placemark’) on your screen, and cause a small window to appear on the left side of your screen (Also titled ‘Google Earth - New Placemark’). In this new window, you can re-name the placemark by typing in the ‘Name’ field. DON’T CLICK ‘OK’ YET.

  1. Move the placemark.

While the naming window is still open, left-click and hold on the newly created placemark and drag it where you want it.

  1. Set the placemark in place.

Click OK in the ‘New Placemark’ window.

  1. Save the placemark as a .KMZ file.

Right click on the placemark. Click ‘Save As’ in the menu that pops up. Type a name, and select where you want to save it.

You’re done. Double-clicking on that file you just saved will now open Google Earth and bring you directly to that point.

At any time if you want to re-edit or move the placemark, right-click on it, and select ‘Edit’ from the menu that appears. After you do this, you’ll get that small window back, and you’ll be able to move the placemark around and rename it.