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Cinco de Mayo Potluck Hike–Paradise Falls – Moonridge – Easy Intermediate

May 5 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Happy Cinco de Mayo!
This is an exciting fun potluck hike with Thousand Oaks Hikers and Hiking Plus.
Bring some snacks and drinks to share and celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

This one is often described as easy/ intermediate hike because there are a few extended inclines of 1000 steps and there are several hills of about 100 steps that are somewhat steep. There are also a couple “stair cases” made of railroad ties that are up to 4 stories. Same for the return.

This is the Moonridge Loop route, borrowed from Mark T, one of the great hikers of Hiking Plus. We’ll be starting from the tennis court parking lot 4 blocks east of the trail head parking lot and across the road. We’ll cross to the park side of the road and turn right (west) for 1 block, where we’ll see an entrance to the Moonridge trail that runs parallel to the road. We’ll enter and make a right, following it around past the first set of junctions, continuing for about 1/4 mile, and then follow it around to the left instead of taking the stem to the right.

We will go to the waterfall and head to the Teepee for potluck party.

Returning Early For those that wish to head back instead of hanging around for the snack share, you are responsible for finding your own way back.


Wildwood Park
635 W Avenida De Los Arboles
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

From the 118:
CA-118 west to CA-23.
Continue south on CA-23 to exit 15 for 4.8 miles, Avenida de los Arboles
Turn right (east) on Avenida de los Arboles for 3.3 miles until 4 blocks before it ends.
There will be tennis courts on the right with a parking lot.

From CA-23:
CA-23 to exit 15, Avenida de los Arboles
East on Avenida de los Arboles for 3.3 miles until it ends.
Trail head on the left.
Turn right (east) on Avenida de los Arboles for 3.3 miles until 4 blocks before it ends.
There will be tennis courts on the right with a parking lot.

The Hike:
Distance: 3.3 miles, 3 hours
Elevation Gain: 800′
Pace: 2.0 mph
Difficulty (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781): Easy Intermediate
Dogs: Yes.
Restrooms: Yes – at the start. Drinking Fountains:
Parking: Free.
Trail: Double and single track, fire road.
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-‘n-fall.

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What to Bring: 1-2 liters of water.
Snacks and/or beverages to share.
Hiking shoes preferred, but athletic shoes will be OK.
Flashlight or headlamp for evening hike.
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May 5
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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635 W Avenida De Los Arboles
635 W Avenida De Los Arboles
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 US
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