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Happy Camp Canyon -Moorpark-

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Happy Camp Canyon Park

14105 Broadway Ave · Moorpark, CA

How to find us

meet in the upper parking lot

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Details

Join us as Photographer Extraordinaire Elyse leads us through Happy Camp, right in her backyard. If you know Elyse, you know how appropriate it is that she lives near a place named Happy Camp.

Our hike will be 10 miles, with 1100 feet of elevation gain.

Happy Camp Canyon Regional Park, in Moorpark, offers visitors 12.5 miles of trails in a 3,000-acre wilderness area frequented by hikers, equestrian riders, and mountain bikers. The open grasslands and deep forests are abundant with wildflowers and wildlife including rabbits, bobcats, and golden eagles. In the past, Chumash Indians and ranchers patrolled Happy Camp, in the present, we do!

The park is a reminder that where we live used to be under water, and is underlain by complex geology ranging from deep water shale outcroppings along the top of Big Mountain, to oyster and clam-rich shale and sandstone along the flanks of the Middle Ridge Fire Road. On the northern and western perimeters of the property are bright red shale which, in places, display a glassy texture - the result of years of burning organic materials trapped in the shale. On the lower slopes of the southern part of the park are flat "benches" - the remnants of old river terraces carved in fluvial sediments of Arroyo Simi and Las Posas Creek.

There are two parking lots- we'll meet in the upper lot. The lot is deeply rutted dirt, and the Iron Ranger demands $5 to park there. Ample parking is available on the street leading into the lot.

Directions to Upper Parking Area:

From the 101 take the 23 north, exit Los Angeles Avenue. Go west (turn left) to the 3rd signal (Moorpark Avenue), turn right (Moorpark Avenue becomes Walnut Canyon Rd en route). Go 2.6 miles beyond the railroad crossing to a sharp left turn. DO NOT TURN LEFT but continue straight ahead 30 yards on Happy Camp Rd. and make an immediate right turn onto Broadway Avenue. Drive 0.3 miles to the Happy Camp Canyon parking lot at the roads end.

From the 118, follow to the 23 south, exit Los Angeles Avenue. Go west (turn right) to the 3rd signal (Moorpark Avenue), turn right (Moorpark Avenue becomes Walnut Canyon Rd en route). Go 2.6 miles beyond the railroad crossing to a sharp left turn. DO NOT TURN LEFT but continue straight ahead 30 yards on Happy Camp Rd. and make an immediate right turn onto Broadway Avenue. Drive 0.3 miles to the Happy Camp Canyon parking lot at the roads end.