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In 1776, while Minutemen were repelling those bastard British from our country, Juan Bautiste de Anza was leading 198 settlers from Mexico to San Francisco. We'll probably stop a little shy of San Fran, but we'll echo Juan's footsteps along the Los Robles Trail- the only national historical trail in all of California.
"Robles" is Spanish for oaks, and we'll see plenty of them on this beautiful, relaxing hike. After a short street walk to get to the trailhead, we'll hike along Los Padres Trail through Sherwood Forest- a wooded patch shaded by huge oak trees. The trail rises out of the trees to that historic trail. Those who would like to walk to Northern California are welcome to, the rest of us will swing out onto an arcing side trail for a sweeping view of Thousand Oaks before heading back across the grasslands and into the woods again.
We'll do 800' of total elevation gain, spread out nicely, and add a little bonus loop through Oak Creek Canyon to give us 5 miles.
This is a gentler hike. We will go at a more moderate pace than a regular Trailblazer hike, and we'll take more breaks. The purpose is to give novice and intermediate hikers who may feel they're not up to a regular hike a chance to get out and experience our beautiful trails. Faster hikers are welcome to come along, with the understanding that the hike is geared toward those who want to go at an easier pace.
Directions: From the 101 in Thousand Oaks, turn south on Moorpark Road. Drive 0.5 miles to the parking area at the corner of Greenmeadows Ave., where Moorpark Rd. deadends.
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The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.
Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.
If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.
All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.