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Dos Vientos – Labor Day Picnic

September 1, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Warning: Google Maps may take you to the incorrect location, although the address is correct. Please follow the written directions.

The Hike
2:30pm at the parking lot entrance (gather early).

The hike starts on the Park View trail, completely flat along a gravel track that moves around the Dos Vientos park. It then gently rises into the surrounding hills, continuing onto the Powerline trail.

The first 1.75 miles has about 350′ of gain and another 150′ of gain on the return, including an extended incline of about 450 steps. The extended incline is fire road, so it isn’t especially steep.

Parts are ruggedly strewn with small rubble but there are still clear foot paths along the edge. It will get the heart pumping and beginners will probably curse this extended climb. At the height of this point, there is a fantastic overlook.

For some additional challenge, one can continue another 0.85 miles for another 450′ of gain and 190′ on the return. It continues to the next electrical tower where the trail splits. This leads to the 2,200 feet high Conejo Mountain in Camarillo, CA.

This extension can be done by beginners, but they will probably want to go slowly and rest a moment after each 100 steps. While not steep, this incline is extended, so I put this in the intermediate category. Either way, the pace will be a leisurely 2 mph because this is a social hike, not a conditioning hike (see LINK – How hard is this hike (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781)).

Whether you decide to take the extra segment or not, you will be rewarded by great views. This trail offers panoramic views of the Oxnard Plain, the Pacific Ocean, numerous Channel Islands, Boney Mountain, Mugu Lagoon, and the Topa Topa Mountains.

The mountainside is mixed with the remnants of a brush fire and new growth. I will be marking the trail with white arrows at junctions so that nobody gets lost and hikers can turn around at any point.

The Picnic
The location of the picnic will be at this park, but since we aren’t reserving an area, we’ll use whatever area is available. Our first choice will be under the awning to the right of the parking lot immediately after entering. If that is taken, there are more grills just to the side of that area, and if that is in use, there are more areas in the park.

This is a pot luck picnic. Please also bring something to eat and drink, and a little extra to share. If your item requires it, bring plates and utensils to share.

You can leave your pot luck item in the car and retrieve it after the hike. Bring something to put on in case it starts to get cool.

Alcohol IS allowed in this park.
Photos from 2017: https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/photos/28136044/464247976/

The Park
The Dos Vientos park and recreation center building is open until 10pm on weekdays, 6pm on weekends, has plenty of parking in a paved lot, has indoor drinking fountains and bathrooms, and various picnic areas with barbecue grills.

Note that the main picnic area may be rented, but is otherwise is open use.

Interesting Notes.
You will see these on the hike.

Prickly Pear Cactus

Inside and fruit are edible. Remove needles and scrape to remove hairs, cut top off, hollow out to make water container. Burn off needles. Fruit peels easily. Eat seeds and all. Use duct tape to remove thorns from hands.


A composite organism arising from algae, cyanobacteria, or both, and often fungi. They come in many colors. Not related to moss or any plant. They get all their food from photosynthesis, air, water, and minerals in their environment. Most comes from air, and therefore, can be used to monitor air pollution. 6% of earth’s land surface is covered by lichens. This is the paint that gives the look of the rocks of Yosemite. 20,000 known species. Self-contained ecosystems. Some of the oldest living things. Can survive unprotected in space, surviving vacuum, fluctuating temperatures, and cosmic radiation. Used for making dyes, sometimes by boiling in water. Some are edible, some poisonous.


Dos Vientos Community Park
4801 Borchard Rd
Newbury Park, CA 91320
34.175179, -118.981733

From the 118:

West to CA-23.
CA-23 south for 7.4 miles.
US-101 north for 4.1 miles.
Exit 47B Brochard Rd.
Brochard Rd. south for 7 miles.
Dos Vientos park entrance on the right.

From CA-23:

CA-23 south to US-101.
US-101 north for 4.1 miles.
Exit 47B Brochard Rd.
Brochard Rd. south for 7 miles.
Dos Vientos park entrance on the right.

From US-101 (Camarillo/Ventura):

US-101 south.
Exit 47A Brochard Rd.
Brochard Rd. south for 7 miles.
Dos Vientos park entrance on the right.

Hike Stats:

Distance: 3.5 miles, 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 500′

Distance: 5.2 miles, 2.5 hours
Elevation Gain: 1140′

Pace: 2.0 mph
Dogs: Yes.
Restrooms: Yes.
Drinking Fountains: Yes.
Parking: Free in paved lot.
Trail: Single track and fire road. Parts of the fire road have heavy gravel and rubble.
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes

What to Bring:

1-2 liters of water.
A pot luck item and a beverage to share. (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772)
Hiking shoes preferred, but athletic shoes will be OK.

Disclaimer / Release of Liability:

Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you’re taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.

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September 1, 2019
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Dos Vientos Community Park
4801 Borchard Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320 US
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(805) 495-6471


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