A shuttle hike is where we all meet at the end location of a hike, leave half the cars, and drive to the starting point. The hike is one-way only. The Los Robles trail system is unique in that it is the only 'national historic trail' in the State of California, as designated by the National Park Service. The trail parallels the route taken by Juan Bautiste de Anza in 1776 (!) through the Conejo Valley as he led his band of almost 200 settlers from Mexico to San Francisco.
We will follow about 5 of the 25 miles of the Los Robles trail beginning from the Greenmeadow trailhead (see the Central and Eastern section of the trail map HERE (http://www.cosf.org/website/pdf/los-robles-map.pdf)) close to the 101 in Thousand Oaks along the gorgeous Oak Creek Canyon trail (first picture) until it meets up with the Los Robles trail westward.
There is a fair bit of shade on this hike, though you will need to use sunscreen and please bring plenty of water to consume along the way.
On this hike there is an elevation gain of approx. 1000', but the ascent is so gradual that it should be accessible to nearly everyone. (I said 'nearly'. Please know your limits.)
The trail follows a series of switchbacks as it ascends, then levels off as it continues toward the west above the 101 Freeway. At 3.5 miles we will take a very short detour to the Angel Vista viewing area for a little R&R. From here you can see Boney Mountain (picture 2), which we have been close to on more than one of our previous hikes.
Then we will return to the Los Robles trail for the final 1.5 miles to our cars at the Felton Street trailhead (see Western Section of the trail map).
The usual dangers and disclaimers are in effect. You might get hurt. You could be bitten by a snake. Bikers could ram into you. You might fall. You know this. You accept responsibility for your own safety, though the rest of us will help you if anything happens.
Directions: Remember, we will first go to the END of the hike. The easiest route is to take the 101 and exit at Wendy Drive. Take Wendy south until you get to Lynn Road. Turn left (east) on Lynn and go about a half mile to the very next stoplight, which is Felton. Turn right (south) on Felton and take it to the trailhead at the end. Park on the street. After we all pile into half the cars, we'll then go to the start of the trail which is a quick, easy drive to 482 S. Greenmeadow Ave (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=482+S.+Greenmeadow+Drive,+Thousand+Oaks,+CA&hl=en&ll=34.175648,-118.884441&spn=0.007145,0.010675&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=55.060677,87.451172&hnear=482+Greenmeadow+Dr,+Thousand+Oaks,+California+91320&t=m&z=17) in Thousand Oaks. Getting there is simple, dimple: Get off the 101 at Moorpark Road. Take Moorpark south until it ends (not far). Do NOT stop at the trailhead you will see right there. Instead, take a right onto Greenmeadow until you reach a large oak tree in the middle of the road. My advice to you is to go AROUND the tree, then up the little incline into the parking lot, where you will veer left to the trailhead. There is lots of free parking, and -- for those brave enough to use it -- there is a restroom available.