Las Virgenes Adventure Hike (and Cheeseboro Too)

Another HikingWithDean.com original! Las Virgenes Canyon and Cheeseboro Canyons like you have never seen it before! This hike will include a cross-country trek over the western ridge of Upper Las Virgenes Canyon and to the Baleen Wall in Cheeseboro Canyon. We'll hike along forgotten and overgrown ranch roads and use trails.


If you look closely at the picture above you will see the remnants of a gate. At one time 3 unpaved roads met here. Besides our group no one has been here in possibly decades!

Here we are looking up at the Baleen Wall, a familiar site along the Cheeseboro Canyon Trail

Below are looking down from the Baleen Wall onto the Cheeseboro Canyon Trail.

Hike is almost 9 miles and strenuous is places. Be prepared to walk through low brush and grass.

Pictures from last July: http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=16233492

and Jan 2012: http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=5594512

and Feb 2011: http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1246943

Directions to trailhead:

Trailhead is at the northern end of Las Virgenes Rd. From the 101 take the Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon exit and head north 1.4 miles away from ocean.


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  • Dean

    Did anyone get a picture of the (living) cow?

    May 2

    • Rick N.

      I'm pretty sure that was two guys in a vaudeville cow suit but I failed to get a photo, in any case.

      1 · May 2

  • Armond

    A great adventure outdoors with Dean and company. Dean, thanks for organising the hikes.

    2 · April 29

  • Rick N.

    Not to turn this into a recipe board but here's the recipe we were discussing today. First link is Jamie Oliver's site but the second one is the better one to cook by. PS: It's a little vague in there but you're going to use *2 cups* whole milk.

    http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/chicken-in-milk

    http://www.thekitchn.com/jamie-oliver-chicken-in-milk-best-chicken-recipe-all-time-80388

    April 27

  • sboy

    its so fun when it looks like we are lost, and you save the day with your gps Dean, your the man.

    April 28

  • AM

    it was a great hike, a great day to spend with great people....thanks dean!

    April 27

  • Peter D.

    I like the hike a lot. Great! :)

    April 27

  • Audrey L.

    Beautiful weather. Great hike.

    April 27

  • Paul

    You've proved yet again that we don't have to travel very far to discover nature's amazing treasures.

    April 27

  • Evan

    That was cool.

    April 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, Dean, and great company!!

    April 27

  • Lisa E.

    I had a great time and my legs feel it too! Thanks Dean!

    April 27

  • Lydia

    Thanks mr dean, really great work out, weather was just right, see u next time

    April 27

  • chris

    Dean's Original Spring time hikes RULE. Much Gratitude everybody.

    April 27

  • Sherry

    Thanks Dean, really enjoyed it. Everything was still nice and green. Perfect weather.

    April 27

  • Monica E

    Another great hike with Dean

    April 27

  • Karyn

    Dean - Thanks for leading us out there!

    April 27

  • Rick N.

    Thanks, Dean. Great hike. In fact...why don't we do the same hike tomorrow?? Same route, same group. Recapture the magic!! WHADDAYA SAY, PEOPLE??!! *crickets*

    April 27

  • Jeffrey N.

    Kick ass great hike. Very unique and I saw 2 dear, while going the wrong way. HA.

    April 27

  • Batya

    Surprised to know that the Cheesebro trail interconnect itself with Las Virgenes!

    April 27

  • Doug S

    I'm running about 10 minutes late. I hope I can catch up with everyone!

    April 27

  • Colleen H.

    Hi, any idea how long this hike will take? What's the average? Any way I can make late lunch plans if I do this?

    April 26

    • Dean

      About 4+ hours

      April 26

    • Colleen H.

      Thanks for the answer, Dean. I'm afraid I already have other plans that I wouldn't be able to make if I do this hike. Will defintely try for the next one!

      April 26

  • Fai

    Recovering from a surgery, will not be able to make it.

    April 26

  • Lydia

    Seriously thinking about going, may decide the morning of, let's see if I wake up ready to conquer the hike, kinda afraid of doing too much because my toes are very sensitive, finally getting over a lot of toe bang issues

    April 22

  • Stephen R.

    Just getting back into the groove; don't want to slow everybody down. I did the Murphy Ranch hike this past week-end, and my calves are still mad at me for making them do the 504 steps on an 80 degree incline - lol!

    April 21

  • Panit B

    I can't make it to this one after all...I want to attempt Mt. Baldy before it gets super hot, so I'll let you know/attend future hikes if I make it back alive.

    April 21

  • Fai

    Dean, how is this going to be for someone starting after a long break? - description says "strenuous in places"

    April 16

    • Dean

      That pic is linked in hike description and I get no thanks :(

      April 18

    • Panit B

      Both pictures, as you can tell by the meetup links, are from Dean's last meetup and posted by Dean personally - thank you Dean.

      April 18

  • Katie

    Vacation!

    April 6

  • Beth

    YES Sunday's are sooo much easier for me!

    April 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    Need a ride from the panorama city area. Van Nuys and nordhoff. Thanks. Claudine. [masked]

    April 5

  • Jerry P.

    i'll be going on this hike. I don't think i've been on this trail before.

    April 4

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