A pre-Thanksgiving workout, this one is another HWD original! I put this one together back in 2009 after exploring some Westlake Village use trails, and they have gotten a lot more use since then.
Blast from the past: Here are photos from the first group hike in December 2009: https://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=780881. Did you notice the ice on the trail?
With combination of use trails, some minor rock scrambling and views of two local lakes, the result is probably the best hike in Westlake Village.
The Pentachaeta Trail, the main feature of Triunfo Creek Park, is named after the Pentachaeta lyonii, a federally-listed endangered flower found in the park. The yellow, daisy-like flower is found only in Southern California, and blooms between April and June.
We will join each end of the Pentachaeta Trail with the ridgeline that divides Triunfo and Lobo Canyons to make a 5.5-mile loop. Along the way we will have views of the Las Virgenes Reservoir and Westlake Reservoir (see if you can spot them in the photos below). We may do some peakbagging too! There is a total ascent of about 1,400 ft with 700′ of it in the first 1.5 miles, some of it rocky. A trekking pole (for a couple of downhill sections) and sturdy hiking boots recommended. The hike is more strenuous than it sounds.
From the 101 Freeway exit Lindero Canyon Rd and turn south. At the end of Lindero, turn left onto Triunfo Canyon Rd. Trailhead is on the right, across from entrance to Oak Forest Mobile Home Park
Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.
Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.
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