Palo Comado Canyon in the Simi hills near Agoura is a wildlife corridor between the Santa Monica and Santa Susana Mountains. This out and back hike heads up the undeveloped Palo Comado Canyon parallel to a stream bed and the adjacent meadows. For the etymology-curious, "Palo Comado" appears to be a derivative of the Spanish "palo quemado," meaning burnt post or stick. With the number of wildfires that sweep the area, the name makes a lot of sense.
We'll climb out of the fire zone to China Flat, a high, oak-dotted, grassy 800 acre meadow with reddish brown sandstone outcroppings formed 60 to 80 million years ago. China Flat is part of Bob Hope's property acquired in the early 90s. A pond on the property attracts rare horned lizards, fox, bobcats, mountain lions, and California quail. The impressive, open landscape attracts western filmmakers. The meadow is the location for the McFly Farm in Back to the Future 3.
But there's more! Crossing China Flat, we'll ascend Simi Peak, the highest peak in the Simi Hills which affords long views in all directions. After a break and appreciation of the views, we'll head back the way we came.
This is a 8.5 mile out and back hike with 1600 feet of gain. Much of the hike is exposed, so hat and sunscreen are recommended.
From Thousand Oaks, take the 101 Fwy east toward LA and exit at Kanan Rd. Turn left at the top of the ramp. Drive about 2 miles to Sunnycrest Dr and turn right. Continue about 3/4 of a mile and Sunnycrest Drive changes to Doubletree Rd. Look for the “Public Recreation Trail" sign on the right. Meet at the trailhead.
From the Valley, take the 101 Fwy west toward Thousand Oaks and exit at Kanan Rd. Turn right at the top of the ramp. Drive about 2 miles to Sunnycrest Dr and turn right. Continue about 3/4 of a mile and Sunnycrest Drive changes to Doubletree Rd. Look for the “Public Recreation Trail" sign on the right. Meet at the trailhead.
Note: The location on the map is a little west of the trailhead. The trailhead is between Oak Springs and Clear Haven on Doubletree.
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