This area was completely burned over in the Springs Fire in 2013, but two years of sporadic rain have re-vegetated the area somewhat. We'll find Plummer's Mariposa Lilies on this hike, though most other wildflowers are now gone to seed. There's also a vernal pond at the top of the trail (long dry in the drought).
This is a somewhat strenuous climb of about 750' over the course of two or three miles, with great views of the ocean and the upper Sycamore Canyon as well as Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley. We'll leave the "T" at the top of Hidden Valley Overlook, and drop down to a saddle to the south, then back up along a trail at the southwest corner of Hidden Valley. Those who want to extend the hike another half-mile will go out and back a seldom-traveled path to Severs Road, an abandoned fire road that eventually leads to Conejo Peak. We won't do the climb to the peak on this hike, however, due to time constraints, but at least you'll know how to get there if you want.