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  • Route map for Saycamore Canyon 4.7 Miler - Newbury Park by Josh Spiker on plotaroute.com

    Sycamore Canyon is approachable from the beach or inland. This is the inland approach and you can stay on Sycamore Canyon for an easy out and back or follow this route for a nice loop.

    Parking: Park at Protrero Road and South Wendy Drive. 

  • Route map for Hill Canyon To Wildwood And Box Canyon Loop by Josh Spiker on plotaroute.com

    Description: A long run that will give you a feeling of accomplishment, this loop starts in the Santa Rosa valley and takes you through Thousand Oaks. This combo wide trail and hard surface run starts with easy rolling hills for the first three miles. You then have a nice climb as the run goes first through the Wildwood and Hill Canyons. After going up a short hill you'll enjoy a few miles on the streets of Thousand Oaks before getting back on the trails of the Wildwood open space to head back towards Santa Rosa. A long, rolling section of hills before you hit the downhills of Box Canyon, to the right of Lizard Rock. 
    The loop ends by going down Box canyon, a quick block around a neighborhood and you'll be heading back through the open fields toward your car. Dogs are permitted on leash. There is no restroom at the start. You will encounter a portable restroom at the Wildwood parking area.

    Route Notes: Do not go over the pretty bridge at the start. Instead you will be running for just over a mile on the paved Hill Canyon Fire Road towards the sewage plant. The first trail is Wildwood Canyon Trail which you will stay on until you get to Tepee Trail at mile 2. If you miss Tepee Trail don't worry because you will once again join Wildwood Canyon Trail which you will take to Los Flores Trail. This trail end on a street that will take you to Lynn Road where you will turn left and go to Avenido de los Arboles and you will turn left and go to the end of the street where you will encounter the parking area for Wildwood. From there take the Mesa Trail to Box Canyon Trail.

    How to get there: From Northern Ventura County, take the 101 freeway south to Pleasant Valley exit. Exit to your left, going towards Santa Rosa Valley. Take Santa Rosa Valley Road to Hill Canyon Road.
    From South of Thousand Oaks, Take the 101 to the 23 freeway north, and exit the 23 at the Olsen Road Exit. Take Olsen to Moorpark Road and turn right onto Moorpark. Take Moorpark until it turns into Santa Rosa Road, and continue along Santa Rosa until you meet Hill Canyon Road.
    From Moorpark and Simi: Take the 118 to the 23 Freeway, exit the 23 at Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks. Follow above directions
    https://goo.gl/maps/azb2pDRHeZtt3nT5A

    Parking: Free parking is available at the trail head of Hill Canyon.

    Please keep our trails clean by carrying any trash that you have out with you.

  • Route map for Overlook To Fireline Loop by Josh Spiker on plotaroute.com

    Description: You'll encounter some nice climbing with this combination single track and fire road trail run. Starting at the Ray Miller trail head in La Jolla canyon climb up to Overlook Fire Road. Turn right and take it all the way to the bottom where you will turn left on Big Sycamore Canyon Fire Road. In almost half a mile turn left onto Fireline (pay attention because this trail is easy to miss). You will then climb up to Overlook, the first part of the climb is easy, then it gets hard as the trail straightens for a 15% grade. When you get to the top you'll encounter a picnic table where many like to rest after that climb. Once on Overlook again, head to the right and back to Ray Miller and the start. Dogs are not allowed on these trails. While on Overlook you will be sharing the trail with mountain bikers.

    How to get there: from anywhere in Ventura County head south on Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1)) to La Jolla Canyon. This will be south of Mugu Rock.  (Google maps:Malibu, CA 90265. There are two portable restrooms and trash cans at the trailhead. Please keep our trails clean by carrying your trash and even picking up any you might see along the way.
    Parking: La Jolla Canyon is marked and you can turn left into a paid parking lot ($12.00 per day or State Park Pass). Parking on PCH is also common but be careful to pay attention to the signs so that you don’t accidentally park too close to the driveway and get a ticket. It is a short walk to the trailhead from PCH.

  • Have all day for some trail adventures?

    You have lots to choose from in Point Mugu State Park. Each trail takes you through gorgeous terrain, challenging climbs, and spectacular mountain and ocean views. 

    Following are three of many options you have from the Ray Miller Trail Head.

    How to get there: from anywhere in Ventura County head south on Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1)) to La Jolla Canyon. This will be south of Mugu Rock. There are two portable restrooms and trash cans at the trailhead. Please keep our trails clean by carrying your trash and even picking up any you might see along the way.  (Google maps: Malibu, CA 90265 https://goo.gl/maps/2sJ9zjRQyGoC2BfT6)
    Parking: La Jolla Canyon is marked and you can turn left into a paid parking lot ($12.00 per day or State Park Pass). Parking on PCH is common but pay attention to the signs so that you don’t accidentally park too close to the driveway and get a ticket. It is a short walk to the trailhead from PCH.
    Dogs are not permitted on these trails.

    At just over 10 miles, this is the shortest of the loops off of the Ray Miller Trail and like all the trails contains some nice hills to climb. It also has a picnic table where you can enjoy the spectacular scenery while resting after your climb up Fireline.

    Option 2: Guadalasca / Hell Hill Loop

    While just 14 miles, some would say this is the most difficult option. After heading up Ray Miller and taking Overlook to the Guadalasca trail head you'll start on a single track climb. Just before heading down a rocky thus technical trail, you'll be treated to a panoramic view of the Oxnard Plain. The descent is just over a mile and at the bottom you'll be able to rest on a nicely shaded fire road. Then you go up Hell Hill, and this lives up to it's name...it's not technical, just hard. Once you get to the top you turn left to head back to your starting point. Be careful as you will be sharing most of this run with mountain bikers.

    Option 3: Loop around Mugu Peak

    This is the longest of the three loops, coming in at just over 16.5 miles. It is one of the most scenic as you run around Mugu Peak (you can add a little trip to the flag at the top if you want!). It's not just the ocean and island views, but the varied terrain over the whole course which makes for a pleasant run. You will have a tough climb at mile 7 but that is why we go out. 

  • Route map for Ray Miller Out & Back by Josh Spiker on plotaroute.com

    Description: single track trail that takes you up the into the Santa Monica Mountains from the Pacific Coast Highway. In this out and back you climb just over 1000 feet and are rewarded with stunning ocean views. The first ocean overlook is just past your first mile but keep going! The second ocean overlook is at about 2.2 miles and on a clear day is breathtaking. Many people head back down after enjoying this view. To run the full portion you’ll follow the trail inland for half a mile to the Overlook Fire Road. Here you are treated to views of the Santa Monica Mountains, and have miles and miles of trail options. Dogs are not allowed on these trails. Also, as is true in all of our mountain trails, we share the terrain with snakes. 
    How to get there: from anywhere in Ventura County head south on Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1)) to La Jolla Canyon. This will be south of Mugu Rock.  (Google maps:Malibu, CA 90265. There are two portable restrooms and trash cans at the trailhead. Please keep our trails clean by carrying your trash and even picking up any you might see along the way.
    Parking: La Jolla Canyon is marked and you can turn left into a paid parking lot ($12.00 per day or State Park Pass). Parking on PCH is also common but be careful to pay attention to the signs so that you don’t accidentally park too close to the driveway and get a ticket. It is a short walk to the trailhead from PCH.
  • Route map for Cheseboro Flat Out And Back by Josh Spiker on plotaroute.com

    Description: Perfect for long runs on soft and even surfaces, the Cheseboro trail stretches back miles into the Liberty Canyon open space. With some rolling, gentle hills, and miles of open trail with relatively level terrain, the Cheseboro trail can be a place to open up the pace on a long run, or recover on an easy trail. During warm weather, large swathes of the trail are covered by tree canopy.  Don't want to run 10 miles? Make your own distance by turning around anywhere you like. Dogs are permitted on leash. Please keep our trails clean by carrying your trash.

    How to get there: from anywhere in Ventura County, head South on the 101 freeway to the Cheseboro exit. Cross over the freeway to Old Agoura park.
    Google map

    Parking: While many maps show parking at the trail head, this has recently been converted to parking for authorized vehicles only. Instead, find parking at Old Agoura Park, which is roughly three-quarters of a mile away.

  • Route map for Space Mountain To Angels Crest by Josh Spiker on plotaroute.com

    Description: With lots of hills, this tough upward climb will provide amazing views of Thousand Oaks and Newbury park, as well as reward you with Ocean views at the turn around point. Starting in Thousand Oaks, as a relatively flat trail, within a mile you will be on the ascent up space Mountain's switchbacks. Climb the switchbacks for just over 2 miles to for the first of two lookout points, with a view of the entire Conejo Valley. Keep going along the ridge of the mountain and cross the fire road to a second but briefer ascent to Angels Crest. On any given day, a complete view of hidden valley and the conejo valley on either side of the mountain make for stunning views. On a particularly clear day, look west to see the Pacific Ocean. The way down space mountain is as technically challenging as the run up is physically difficult. Watch your feet for rocks, uneven terrain and sandy turns. Don't worry about the difficulty, take at any pace for a challenging long run or a scenic walk-jog.

    When you've gotten back to the base of the switch backs, head back to your car for an shorter 6 mile run, or add a valley loop in the connected Los Padres open space to make a 10-miler.

    To get to the upper valley loop, the easier incline up from the Los Robles main trail will take you to the valley loop, a meadow valley in the hills. Finish the loop and move out of the Los Padres trail to your car to finish your run.

    Can I bring my dog? Dogs are permitted on a leash.

    How to get there: From north of Thousand Oaks, head south on the 101 freeway to the Moorpark road exit in Thousand Oaks. Exit right and drive to the end of Moorpark Road
    From South of Thousand Oaks, take the 101 Northbound and exit Moorpark Road to the Left
    From Moorpark and Simi, take the 23 freeway to the 101 northbound and exit Moorpark Road going left.
    https://goo.gl/maps/3pGPiYX8zWFFDpQz7


    Parking: Parking is free in the Moorpark road parking lot. If the lot is full, take Greenmeadow Ave to an alternate trail head with additional free parking.

  • Playing in Pt. Mugu State Park from Sycamore Canyon

    You have lots to choose from in Point Mugu State Park. Each trail takes you through gorgeous terrain, challenging climbs, and spectacular mountain and ocean views. 

    Following are three of many options you have from the Sycamore Canyon Trail Head.

    How to get there: The campground is on Pacific Coast Highway, a couple miles south of Mugu Rock (https://goo.gl/maps/eT1PaaaXQPLVBFMYA 9000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265)

    Parking: There is a day use parking lot at the campsite. Unfortunately it doesn't open until 8:00am so if you want to get an early start you'll need to park on PCH. There is not a lot of parking, so your best option is to park slightly north of the campground.

    Other important stuff: There are restrooms located in the day use parking lot. Dogs are not permitted on the trails. Like all our trails, you may encounter rattle snakes so be careful. Please help keep our trails clean by carrying out your trash, and if you see some pick it up.

    Option 1: Short and Sweet Hill Work: Overlook to Fireline Loop

    Route map for Short Hill Run Off Sycamore by Josh Spiker on plotaroute.com

    Just under 4.5 miles you climb 915 feet. Clockwise you take Sycamore Canyon Fire Road to Overlook and turn left. You'll share this road with mountain bikes until you reach Fireline, which you'll take back down. Fireline is a single track trail that is closed to bikes. At the bottom of the trail turn right to get back to your start. If you reverse it and go counter-clockwise you'll have a nicely challenging climb for the second half of Fireline. Whichever way you go, stop and enjoy the view at the picnic table where the trails meet.

    Option 2: Sycamore Canyon Out and Back

    If you're looking for an easy non-pavement run, this is it. The climb is very gradual for the first 6 miles and you can turn around at any time for an easy out and back at any distance. Most Saturday's you'll see high school student running groups as well as other runners, hikers, and mountain bikers.

    Option 3: Sycamore to Serrano Canyon Loop

    This is a very nice run with a combination of an easy beginning on Sycamore Canyon (Big Sycamore Canyon). Then as you get into the single track trails you'll have a nice climb, few people, and gorgeous views. Watch for poison oak on this trail. You'll travel on Sycamore Canyon Fire Road for 4.5 miles to Blue Canyon Trail (Backbone Trail) and turn right. At 5.5 you'll keep to the right on Old Boney Trail (Backbone Trail) and stay on this trail until 7.5 miles where you will then turn left onto the Serrano Valley Trail. At 8.8 you'll turn right to stay on the Serrano Valley Trail (watch for the trail head as it is easy to miss). At 9.2 you'll take a right onto the Serrano Canyon Trail and also enjoy some time in the shade. This trail will take you back to Big Sycamore Canyon Trail where you'll turn left to return to the start. Total elevation gain is 1,470 feet.

  • Route map for Lang Ranch Hills Loops by Josh Spiker on plotaroute.com

    Description: This 9 mile trail will challenge you with hills and reward you with views. With 1600 feet of climbing over the course of the 9 miles, this course is perfect for hill training, long runs, and scenic routes. While much of this course find you on the ascent, it is not without reward. Peaks in mileage will reveal views of the entire Conejo Valley, as well as views out to Simi Valley and Long Canyon to the South. The trail is comprised of several discreet loops, which can be added again or removed from the course to lengthen or shorten your run.

    How to get there: From Ventura and Agoura: take the 101 freeway (Northbound from Agoura, Southbound from Ventura) to the 23 Freeway and head northbound to the Avenida De Los Arboles exit. head east on Arboles towards Westlake Boulevard and head south until you meet Lang Ranch Parkway, Take Lang Ranch Parkway to the Lang Ranch Community park.

    Parking: parking is often available free of charge opposite Lang Ranch Neighborhood Park at the Chumash Indian Museum. When the Museum is closed, you may park street side on Lang Ranch Parkway. https://goo.gl/maps/MFxvvMGCjDKj4xET6 

  • Route map for Stage Coach Bluff Loop by Josh Spiker on plotaroute.com

    Description: Start this loop headed down into the Wildwood canyon on a single track trail on rolling downhills. The first mile, a combination of various short climbs and descents will reward you with the rolling stagecoach bluff, a rolling trail on the very edge of Wildwood Canyon. The Stagecoach bluff will carry you for just under a mile, with scenic views of the Entire Wildwood and Arroyo Conejo canyons on the left, and the Wildwood upper canyon on your right. Continue for a slight downhill third mile and an easy finish to the loop. There is a portable toilet at the Wildwood parking lot.

    Can I bring my dog? Dogs are permitted on leash.

    How to get there: From Ventura and Agoura: Take he 101 freeway (South Bound from Ventura, northbound from Agoura) to the 23 freeway, and exit at Avenida De Los Arboles in Thousand Oaks. Head West on Avenida to the very end where it turns left on Big Sky Drive. At the corner, turn Left into the Wildwood Parking lot.

    Parking: is free at both the Wildwood open space parking lot, and the Wildflower Park up the street on Arboles should the Wildwood lot be full or closed. However, don't parking on the surrounding neighborhood streets to avoid a parking citation.

  • Route map for Arroyo Verde - Geronimo Loop by Josh Spiker on plotaroute.com

    Description: Nice local to Ventura trail is a great option when you don't have time to drive to longer single track trail. Many opt for a few laps to get in their longer distance. The trail is easy with just the right amount of climbing that leads you up to some gorgeous ocean views.   Because of its local nature, it can get crowded so we recommend early morning for the best running. Bathrooms are located in the parking lot.

    Can I bring my dog?Yes. Arroyo Verde is also a wonderful local dog park. Off leash on the lawn is permitted from 6am-9am all days except Monday. Dogs must be on leash when on the trail.

    How to get there:from either the 101 or the 126, take Victoria avenue north to Foothill Blvd. Turn left and the park will be just over half a mile on the right. From downtown Ventura take Main Street east to Seaward Ave (this will become Foothill) and the park will be on the left in just over 2 miles. The address is 5000 Foothill Road. Google map

    Parking: is plentiful and free during the week. There is a small parking fee on the weekends. There is the option to park on Foothhill, but be careful of traffic.

  • Route map for Sulphur Long Out And Back by Josh Spiker on plotaroute.com

    Description: This non-technical fire road provides a nice soft surface run. Like many of our trails and fire roads the out and back can also be described as up and down. The first mile is the steepest (but not too bad) and then it levels out. Because it is an out and back, turn around whenever you want. Many people take their dogs up this trail, technically leashes are required. You will see some beautiful hillsides and even the occasional cow. 

    How to get there: take highway 33 from Ventura towards Ojai. Just past Casitas Springs you'll encounter Sulphur Mountain Road (the trail is actually the unpaved portion of this road). Turn right and drive to the end of the pavement. There are no bathrooms at this trail. Please leave the trail clean. Be careful as some mapping programs have directed people to the wrong side of the mountain. Google map

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