Past Meetup

Hump Day Hike on the Talopop Trail

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Juan Bautista de Anza Park

3701 Lost Hills Road · Calabasas, CA

How to find us

We'll meet in front of the main building

Location image of event venue

Details

A few people have recently requested that we do this hike again. Once last year on this hike, there were perhaps a hundred police cars chasing someone on Las Virgenes below us and even a brush fire that concerned us for a short time, but I suspect the hike will be more placid this time.

The location in Calabasas should be quite accessible to many of our members and is very close to the 101. From the municipal park we'll hike counter-clockwise up the Trail that apparently has 3 names, but my guess for the correct one would be 'Talopop' trail, which I suspect is a Chumash word.

In any case, it's a single-track, well-maintained trail. It loops around to join up with the Liberty Canyon Fire Road and then the Las Virgenes Fire Road, both of which are more like trails than fire roads. It's a pleasant, quiet hike for mid-week and suitable for most members, but may be difficult for beginners.

We should get done before dark, but to be safe you should bring a flashlight or headlamp.

Distance: 4.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 800'
Difficulty: Intermediate, perhaps strong beginner
Dogs: It's State land, so dogs are prohibited on the trails
Restrooms: Yes
Water Fountain: Yes, at the park
Parking: Free in lot or on both sides of Lost Hills Road
Trail: Mostly single-track, some fire road
Sunset: 8:03 pm

Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes are possible even now, but unlikely, slip-'n-fall is possible on one steepish downhill section of the trail.

Directions: From the 101, take the Lost Hills exit and head south toward the ocean. In a "Mile...Mile and and a Half" (inside joke for those who saw the film) you will come to the municipal park on the west side of Lost Hills. Park anywhere. It's all free. Look for the tall dork, which would be me, somewhere near the building.

Here are some pics I took on this hike, when I saw NUMEROUS deer:

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