We recently did this trail on a day heavy with "June gloom", which was a shame because it's a great hike with fantastic views if it's clear. Let's try it again and see if August brings clearer skies, but this time let's go clockwise on the trail. Clockwise is actually easier because the ascent is not as steep. And as long as you are careful on the descent and take baby steps on the steep (but short) part, you'll be fine.
While we are not going all the way to the summit, we will still have GRAND views not far from the top.
We'll start this hike by going roughly straight ahead from the end of Wendy Drive (Road?) until we get to a bench with A VIEW, then over to the Old Boney Trail that goes up and up on Boney Mountain. We'll take a short detour on the ascent to the Danielson Monument (pictured below), where we can hang out, and (if you are so inclined) share a snack or something to drink, before we go back to the main trail and continue upward and then over to the other side of the mountain where we'll go down the Fossil Trail and you can see...um...fossils there because this entire area was once under the ocean. The photo below is of a well-preserved fish fossil I encountered on this very trail.
Throughout this hike we'll have breathtaking views of the Conejo Valley (next picture).
Here is the Danielson Monument, where we will take a rest and share some goodies.
You will need a flashlight or headlamp for roughly the final 30 minutes or more.
Distance: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1950'
Difficulty: Strong Intermediate
Dogs: Please leave Fluffy home for this one
Restrooms: Yes, but not until about the last 1/4 of the hike.
Water Fountain: There's one about a mile from our cars at the end.
Parking: Free at the end of Wendy along Potrero
Trail: Single track and fire road, excellent condition
Sunset: 7:48 pm.
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall, a bit of poison oak in spots
Directions: Take the Wendy Drive exit headed South towards the ocean. Stay on Wendy until it ends at Potrero Road, where you can see lots of free parking right there.
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