Author’s hike proves Conejo Valley trail has real backbone

ACORN SERIES /// The Trail Less Traveled


AWE-INSPIRING—The Los Robles Trail provides panoramic views of Thousand Oaks and travels through areas frequented by deer, rabbits, California quail and migrating birds. DAWN MEGLI-THUNA/Acorn Newspapers

AWE-INSPIRING—The Los Robles Trail provides panoramic views of Thousand Oaks and travels through areas frequented by deer, rabbits, California quail and migrating birds. DAWN MEGLI-THUNA/Acorn Newspapers

If Thousand Oaks had a spine, it would be the Los Robles Trail.

The ridgeline trail system travels through nearly 2,000 acres of open space along the prominent ridgeline flanking the southern border of the valley.

Spanning the city from Westlake in the east to the Potrero Valley in the west, the trail runs through several open space areas, including Los Padres, Los Vientos, Conejo Ridge, Deer Ridge, Rancho Potrero and Ventu Park, as well as the Hope Nature Preserve.

 

 

To enjoy the scenic overlook spur, start on the Los Padres Trail, which leads through a shaded grove of ancient oak trees before it connects to the Los Robles Trail. Head west after the trails meet. There is a bench at the top of the hill where hikers can take in panoramic views of the Conejo Valley. This area is frequented by deer, rabbits and California quail.

From the trail, hikers can enjoy chaparral-covered hillsides and oak woodlands, as well as flat, grassy plateaus near the ridgeline. This hike has an elevation gain/loss of about 750 feet, so pack plenty of water.

From the 101 Freeway, head south on Moorpark Road for 0.3 miles. Turn left on Los Padres Drive and go about 50 yards. The trailhead is on the right. Park on the street.

LOS ROBLES TRAIL
Distance: about 3 miles
Difficulty: 2.5 out of 5
Time: 1 hour