Dude, we haven't hiked Wildwood Park since...well, last winter when it got dark at 5:30 like now.
If you are worried Wildwood is not strenuous enough for you, don't you worry...the fabulous PM Blazers always have a few hills up our sleeves so no one is disappointed. Headlamps for sure!
Please note that the guest feature is not activated for this meetup. On all my hikes, I expect everyone coming to have signed up themselves, read the write-up, and arrive informed and prepared.
Hope to see you there,
Time for the next meet-up of the Weekday Trailblazers Afternoon Hiking Group!
Our afternoon hikes are intended for people hiking, or wishing to hike, at an intermediate level or above, and seeking time outdoors with fun people sharing similar interests and fitness goals.
The afternoon format emphasizes easy-to-access and scenic 5-8 mile conditioning routes with moderate elevation gains, a total hiking time of 2-3 hours at a moderate to fast pace, periodic rest and sightseeing stops, and optional technique discussions and training exercises (based on individual and group interest).
We schedule our afternoon meet-ups as late as the season allows to ensure a return before dark, while encouraging people with a variety of work and home schedules to get a great conditioning hike in during the week and tune-up for weekend adventures.
Here is info on our scheduled hike…hope to see you there!
The Wild West End
Hike Type: Conditioning
Level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate
Route Type: Out & back/alternative routes
Distance: 4-6 miles
Elevation gain:[masked] feet
Terrain: Double & single-file trail
This hike will take us 4-6 miles roundtrip on a surprisingly scenic trip from the western end of Avenida de Los Arboles into Wildwood Park and the rugged hills west of Thousand Oaks.
The principal access route into this area is the Mesa trail, which provides access to the Santa Rosa trail, the Box Canyon trail, the Lizard Rock trail and Lizard Rock, and various side trails, all offering beautiful views of Ventura County and the Pacific. We also have the option of instead taking the Mesa trail to the Moonridge trail, which drops down steeply to a fairly nice waterfall, and then continuing back up on the Wildwood Canyon trail toward Lizard Rock. If we are out past sunset, we can return to the trailhead from any of these routes via the Mesa trail, which is fairly flat and easier to navigate in the twilight or dark.
Our route begins on flat and wide paths, as we make our way into Wildwood Park, and then transitions to hillier and narrower paths. Our general movement will be west, toward an ascent of the hills and exploration of the canyon areas to the back and north of the park. After this portion of our hike, we return east until we reach the Avenida de Los Arboles trailhead, again with a variety of options for our return route.
Most of this hike is in open and grassy chaparral, with bushy areas in the canyons and exposed hillsides and ridgelines in the hills. Weather can range from calm and hot to warm and windy conditions to a marine layer with ocean winds. We will stop at or near the height of our hike to grab a snack and enjoy the late afternoon views.
Please wear – brush-resistant pants, one or more wicking shirts appropriate to the temperature, comfortable hiking shoes or light boots, your favorite undergarments and accessories, and a light backpack.
Please bring – at least two liters of water, snacks, an extra layer of clothing, a charged cell phone, identification, a headlamp, a small first-aid kit, bug repellant and sunscreen, a waterproof shell if rain is forecast, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail.
Free parking is available at our meet-up location.
Please do not leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead.
From the 101 - take the 23 North and exit at Avenida de Los Arboles. Go left (west, away from LA) and follow Avenida de Los Arboles three miles until it ends at Big Sky Drive. The Wildwood Park entrance and parking lot is on the left side of the road, but be sure to take care entering due to the curve in the road.
From the 23 – exit at Avenida de Los Arboles. Go right (west, away from LA) and follow Avenida de Los Arboles three miles until it ends at Big Sky Drive. The Wildwood Park entrance and parking lot is on the left side of the road, but be sure to take care entering due to the curve in the road.
DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY
IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:
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.
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