Past Meetup

Paradise Falls and Lizard Rock, Wildwood and Conejo Canyons, 10-12 miles

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Wildwood Park-Paradise Falls trailhead

N 34.22007 W 118.90284 · Thousand Oaks, CA

How to find us

meet at west (uphill) end of dirt parking lot

Location image of event venue

Details

We will Explore both Wildwood Park and the new Conejo Canyons park in Thousand Oaks.

From the parking lot on Avenida de los Arboles, we will take the Mesa trail west to Lizard Rock, Then head north and drop down into the creek gorge, and cross the creek at the new bridge. Then climb up the hill to the ridge line that overlooks Camarillo and the Channel Islands, return via the Hill Canyon traill and before passing through the restored wetland, cross Conejo Creek again WHICH MIGHT GET YOUR SHOES WET. Then we take the Lynnmere trail up the hill and alongside some hilltop homes, dropping down again into the canyon a little upstream of Paradise Falls. We pass a civilized restroom there. Then we go downstream to the falls, and head back to the cars while passing Indian cave and Indian creek waterfall.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: 101 freeway west to Thousand Oaks, exit at Lynn Road. Turn right and go north 3 miles to Avenida de los Arboles and turn left (west). There is a big sign saying "Wildwood Park thisaway" here. Follow the road all the way until it ends at the Wildwood Park parking lot. (The road makes a sharp right turn here--instead, turn left into the parking lot). If parking lot is full, there is street parking or an overflow lot 1/3rd mile to the east at the Wildflower Park and Ball field. See the printable map below!

HIGHLIGHTS:

--Wildflowers and cacti

--Lots of water in the creek

--the 35 foot Paradise Falls and a smaller waterfall along the Indian Creek trail

--Indian Cave

DOGS: are allowed in the park on a leash

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FOR A MAP OF OUR HIKING ROUTE: http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/4/e/4/highres_246901252.jpeg

(ABOVE AERIAL PHOTO: OUR HIKE ROUTE

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FOR A LARGE PRINTABLE TRAIL MAP--note the trails marked in green are not the route we are taking: http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/8/2/2/3/highres_22593315.jpeg

LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THE HIKE ARE HERE:

https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/ConejoCanyonsParadiseFallsThousandOaksFebruary2011# (https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/ConejoCanyonsParadiseFallsThousandOaksFebruary2011)

AS USUAL: Bring 3 to 4 quarts of water, hat, sunscreen, munchies, Gern Blanston repellent

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