Past Meetup

Over Hill and Dale in Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa – A Gentler Hike

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Time to check the area's progress in recovering from Spring Fire of 2013 in Rancho Sierra Vista. The pictures here are of the area in 2012. If you hike with us you'll see that it looks quite different now, but it is beginning to recover.

We will explore the meadows of the Rancho Sierra Vista potion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), not only the section surrounding the Chumash Interpretive center, but also a lesser hiked area Northwest toward Dos Vientos. We will traverse National Park land, the eastern portion of Point Mugu State Park at the top of Sycamore canyon, and a section of land owned by the city of Thousand Oaks through COSCA (Conejo Open Space Conservation Association).

If we are lucky, we’ll see some views of the ocean and islands off the coast as well as a glimpse of the Camarillo plain. We will definitely see and experience the effect of the fire on Sycamore Canyon and the surrounding areas.

Distance is about 6 miles and about 1000 feet of elevation gain over mostly gently rolling hills. There is not much shade on this hike, so if the temperatures are warm be sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection. a few years ago we had a couple of folks get overheated, so take precautions! About 2/3 of the way through the hike, we’ll take a break at an overlook for a snack.

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.


From Los Angeles or Camarillo, take Highway 101 to Thousand Oaks. Exit at Wendy Drive. Go south (towards the ocean) on Wendy all the way until it dead ends at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. There is ample free parking on the dirt lot along the road. No restrooms at the trailhead, but we will pass close by later in the hike.



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.

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