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Hike Zuma Bluff to Upper Zuma Canyon (http://www.venturacountytrails.org/TrailMaps/Backbone-Kanan-Zuma/AreaHome.html). Zuma Canyon is a personal favorite as it includes many beautiful waterfalls, and 95% of the Canyon hike is done up near or in the stream. Not only is this a very beautiful and scenic hike, it is also very difficult in that there is lots of bouldering and climbing. We will be doing something a bit different on our Zuma excursion this year. We will start at Kanan and will take the Zuma Bluff trail which drops us out around the middle of Zuma Canyon. The Zuma Bluff trails traverses the edge of the mountain and passes by some nice rock formations and offers beautiful views of the valley and surrounding mountains. From there we will traverse Upper Zuma canyon, which is the section that has most of the wonderful waterfalls and rock formations. This will also give everyone a chance to hike the Zuma Bluff trail, a trail few know about or have hiked. Zuma Canyon includes hiking, rock hopping, and a bunch of bouldering, and a few sections that will require some intimidating climbing. This hike/bouldering is not for the faint of heart, it requires, balance, and not being too bothered by heights. The hike is only about 5 miles, but will take approx. 4 hours to complete due to the strenuous nature of the terrain. This hike is definitely not for everyone!
You will want to wear full length pants/legs and arms as the Zuma Bluff trail is a usually overgrown, and the bouldering will be kinder to your knees if covered. There is often a bit of poison oak in the canyon as well, it's just best to be covered. Be sure to bring the usual water, food, wear boots appropriate for walking on rocks, etc. Meet at 8:45 am and be ready to depart by 9:00 a.m. About 4 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte ([masked])
Directions (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=N34%C2%B004.557%27+W118%C2%B0048.931%27&ie=UTF8&ll=34.07595,-118.815516666667&spn=0.011595,0.024848&t=h&om=1): Take the 101 Freeway to the Kanan exit in Agoura Hills. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Take Kanan for several miles until you reach the third tunnel (don't forget to count them). Park in the paved parking area just before the tunnel. If you are coming from PCH then look for the parking area just after the first tunnel on the left.