This area was completely burned over in the Springs Fire in 2013; this year's almost normal rain has re-vegetated the area. Wildflowers include yucca, mariposa lily, blue dicks (really!), Indian paintbrush, Eaton's Firecracker, and others. There's also a long-dry vernal pond at the top of the trail.
This is a somewhat strenuous climb of about 750' over the course of 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, descend to the saddle below, and then climb up the flanks of Conejo Peak, east of Tri-Peaks, getting to the turn-off near the bottom of the fire road that climbs steeply to the weather station above. We'll return the way we came for a nice out-and-back. If you're interested in climbing the rest of the way yourself in the dark (Hi, Kristine!), you're welcome to do so.
Bring sturdy shoes, as parts of the trail are rocky with some loose soil. If you'd like, bring a flashlight or headlamp, though sunset will be at 7:50, and we should be back to the cars by then. There will be foxtails! Bring gaiters if you have them.
Rain cancels this hike,as the trail will be a muddy impassable mess :-). This hike is cross-posted with The Weekday Trailblazers.
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