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.
You should bring a flashlight or headlamp as we will be doing this in the dark. .
Distance: 4.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 800'
Difficulty: Intermediate, perhaps strong beginner
Dogs: It's State land, so dogs are prohibited on the trails
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: Happens before we start the hike.
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes are possible , 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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