Top Adventures in Thousand Oaks

  • Hike China Flat Trail to Simi Peak

    From the trailhead, simply follow the trail headed up the mountain. The first 2 miles is the hardest part of the hike, because of the steep ascent. Continue on until you hit a junction. Turn left, and you will eventually see an old rusty gate, and...

    6 miles 1250 ft gain

  • Hiking Wildwood Regional Park

    Wildwood Regional Park is open year-round, easily accessible, and offers great routes for hiking, running, biking, and even horseback riding. There are also two waterfalls inside the park—the larger of the two, Paradise Falls, cascades 40 feet int...

  • Hike to Paradise Falls, Thousand Oaks

    The hike to Paradise Falls is about 1.5 miles one way with around 300 feet elevation change. Take it easy starting the hike because the real challenge is the change in elevation going back to your car since you'll be going uphill. At the trailhead...

    3 miles 300 ft gain

  • Climb to the Top of Ladyface

    Ladyface is a volcanic ridge that juts up over Agoura Hills. It is a short but steep hike up the ridgeline, and it offers amazing views to either side. Sections of the trail are steep and sandy so it can be challenging to maintain your footing. Tr...

    2 miles 1150 ft gain

  • Climb at Echo Cliffs

    The hike to the crag is about 1.3 miles one way and takes roughly 45 minutes. The approach starts at the Backbone / Mishe Mokwa trail head off Yerba Buena Rd.  After walking a couple minutes you'll see a sign pointing left for the backbone trail o...

    1.3 miles

  • Hike the Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak

    Take Yerba Buena road to the trailhead. It is less zigzagged and shorter distance from PCH. Parking is easy provided that you start early in the morning. If the lot is full, you can always park on the side of the road. Bathroom is available at San...

    6 miles 1650 ft gain

  • Hike Sandstone Peak

    If you live in Los Angeles, Sandstone Peak is a must!The hike to the summit can be done on a 2 mile hike up and back on Sandstone Peak Trail, or a 6.5 mile hike up and back on Backbone Trail. The shorter trail is more popular, yet both are equally...

    2 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Hike to Balancing Rock

    ...From the PCH, make a left turn on Yerba Buena road (turn right if you're coming South) for about 6 miles until you get to the dirt parking area. If the lot is full, there's extra parking on the side of the road.FYI, Balancing Rock can also be a...

    2.6 miles 2300 ft gain

  • Hike to Newton & Zuma Canyon Falls

    Three waterfalls in one short hike?!...I'll take it! That's what you'll get if you make the visit to these falls in the Santa Monica mountains in Malibu. The trailhead starts on Kanan Dume road, which is also where the Backbone trail meets. Park i...

    2 miles -600 ft gain

  • Hike the Backbone Trail via Kanan Dume

    Fair warning, it can get very hot in Malibu, especially in the summer or fall.We started at the Kanan Dume Road lot. It fills up quick, both directions offer beautiful hiking, but most people tend to go west, it seems. While that's beautiful, you ...

    5 miles 672 ft gain

  • Hike the Backbone East from Latigo Canyon

    Starting in a dusty, generally empty parking lot, at about 2,000' ASL, you'll go immediately due north, up a few more feet before you drop down into another canyon covered in live oaks (and poison oak), thistles, ferns, and wildflowers. There's on...

    3.8 miles 780 ft gain

  • Hike to the Grotto

    Who doesn't enjoy a hike that offers water, scenic views, boulder hopping and a subterranean cave? I know I do! The Grotto Trail begins at Circle X Ranch, which looks a bit like a small cowboy western store, and is approximately 6 miles from the H...

    2.6 miles 500 ft gain

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