4.2 miles, 700′ gain, easy-intermediate.
Easier option: 2.7 miles, 500′ gain, fit beginner.
This is a pot-luck hike. We’ll be stopping at the 3/4 point by a picnic table, so please bring food and drink to share, and any utensils your items might require.
We have had occasions where there were no utensils, so it might be wise to at least bring your own.
This is usually done as a weekend hike, but because there is no parking at the usual lot at the Hill Canyon trailhead, this hike to the same location but from the other side, replaces it.
We start at Conejo Canyons Trail Head, 2010 Conejo Center Dr, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320.
We’ll hike downhill from the trailhead for 0.6 miles.
For the regular route, we’ll turn left and continue uphill for 0.6 miles on the Western Plateau trail. We’ll regather at the top of the Peninsula Trail.
The trail will be rolling for the next 1 mile, then drops 360 ft over the next 1/2 mile. At the bottom of the Western Plateau trail, we’ll take a sharp right up Hawk Canyon. Our picnic spot is 1/4 mile up Hawk Canyon at the table under the trees.
For the easier option, instead of turning left at the first junction, we’ll turn right. After 0.6 miles, the picnic area will be on the left.
After the potluck, we’ll continue up Hawk Canyon in our clockwise loop for 0.6 mile where the trail ends back at the Western Plateau trail. Take a left up the hill back to Conejo Center Dr.
** If you plan on leaving before the group, please familiarize yourself with the planned route, which can be accessed by clicking on the below link:
Distance: 4.2 miles / 2.7 miles
Gain: 700′ / 500′
Distribution: Well distributed.
Difficulty: Easy Intermediate / Fit Beginner
Pace: 2.0 mph.
Trail Type: Fire road and single track.
Trail Variations: Rolling stroll and ramp.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Drinking Fountains: No.
Parking: Free along street.
What to bring
1 liter of water for every 3 miles.
Snacks and/or beverages to share
Hiking shoes preferred, but athletic shoes will be OK.
Flashlight or headlamp.
Sunscreen and/or hat as needed.
Insect repellent (optional).
Route: The host knows the route. A pic of the route has been posted as part of this description.
Navigation: Host memory, enhanced by GPS navigation as needed.
Hike type: Social.
We won’t be hiking at a fast pace because this is a social hike, not a conditioning hike. There is nothing wrong with stopping, even if it means every 50 steps.
The host may designate stopping points to let others catch up. This hike will include an extended stop for a snack and beverage share at the half way point. This hike does not have any junctions once past the first 500′. There may not always be a sweeper designated to be the last hiker.
Each hiker is responsible for knowing their capability, only attending events where they are able to sustain the described pace, for keeping up with the group sufficiently enough to make the turns and not get left behind, and for making sure the host is notified if they are going to split from the group.
Sometimes hikers wish to move significantly ahead and not wait at designated stopping points. Please let the host know. They are on their own regarding route and navigation.
Conejo Canyons Trail Head
2010 Conejo Center Dr.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
US-101, exit Ventu Park Rd, North.
Ventu Park Rd. North for 1 mile.
Right on Rancho Conejo Blvd., 1.3 miles.
Left on Conejo Center Dr.
Park on the street.