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We've hiked a number of loops in Dos Vientos as part of this 'Gentler' series. There are lots of trails in that neighborhood from which to make loops. Even so, I think this is the last loop we can do that meets our requirements for distance and well-travelled trails.
As before, we'll start at Dos Vientos Community Park, but this time we'll turn to the trails to the south. Once again, we'll follow the access trail from the street up to a contour trail that will follow around the hills and ridges with mostly moderate slopes. We'll see some unusual features as shown in the photo, and perhaps this time we'll see some elusive large animals sunning themselves below us from the Pool View Trail.
Start Time: Note that we'll start at 9:30 am this week!
Statistics: About 4.5 miles with several hundred feet of climbing.
Pace: 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 join us so long as they are willing to hike at the slower pace of the group. However, this hike is probably too difficult for someone who is new to hiking, or hasn't been hiking in a long time. We typically finish about 12:30 pm, but could be delayed for any number of reasons. If you are looking for a fast-paced hike, or have to finish by a specific time, this hike is probably not for you.
Directions: From the 101 Freeway in Newbury Park, exit at Borchard Road. Drive 3.4 miles and turn into the Dos Vientos Community Park on the right, just after Via Ricardo (and before Via Las Brisas). Meet at the south-east corner of the parking lot, as before.
Lunch: We usually, although not always, go somewhere for lunch after the hike. This is completely optional and is considered to be in addition to this event, not part of it.