Organizer: Vincent F
Location: Wildwood Regional Park
Hike difficulty: Level 5/10
A beginner hike: No
Distance: 5.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 1320'
Time: 3 1/2 hours
Trail condition: mostly single file trail, 1/4 shady
Water: Minimum 2 liters
Toilette: at Wildflower playing field (map link (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=google+map+34.21769+-118.89464&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&oe=utf8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ei=knbzUJ-HM-isiAL10YFo&ved=0CAsQ_AUoAA)) and mid point at Paradise Falls picnic area
What to bring: hat, sunscreen, energy bar, lunch, snacks, water, and the usual stuff.
Parking: public parking at trailhead
Direction: Take the 101 Freeway to Thousand Oaks to exit 45 for Lynn Road. Drive north for 2.5 miles on Lynn Road, and turn left on Avenido de los Arboles. Drive to the end of the street and park in the lot on the left.
Please Chip In:
US Hiking is a social group for hikers. Our events are organized like house parties. Like a regular house party, it costs money to host one. It is customary for guests to help out any way they can to lessen burden on the host. That is the same for hikes. You can bring food, provide carpool or chip in to help out.
Suggested Event Contribution: $ 5 (Chip in link)
Wildwood Park is a gem to explore. On the north, the imposing presense of Mount Clef Ridge humbles us. Tn the south, Arroyo Conejo has carved out a V-shaped canyon over millions of years. In between is an endless span of grassland that reminds us of the old West. Standing amid, one could easily picture a stagecoach running by.
Paradise Falls is at the bottom of the canyon. It drops 40 feet into a large pool along the Arroyo Conejo. Lizard Rock stands solitary on the western end. It is the distant landmark that calls out to hikers.
We plan to explore the entire park via Mesa, Santa Rosa, Stagecoach, Lizard Rock, Eagle Point, Wildwood, Tepee and Moonridge trail. In this hike, we will explore every trail in the park.
All volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no compensation for organizing this event or any other event.
Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.
Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.
Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.
Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.
No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.
No minor: Meetup user agreement can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events.
If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.
If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.
Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.
Release of Liability:
The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.
By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.
In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/