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Full Moon potluck hike Angel Vista

3.0 miles, 800′ gain, easy-intermediate.
Moonrise 5:41pm
Photo Credit to Jonathan 🙂

Let’s enjoy the gorgeous sunset and the full moon, and fun loaded potluck picnic at the beautiful Angel Vista!

This is a potluck hike. Please bring food, drinks to share.
If your item requires utensils/plates/toothpicks, etc., please bring them.
You may wish to bring your own cup, plate, and utensils in case there aren’t any.

Snacks and/or beverages to share

This hike is rated easy-intermediate because it is a continuous incline for 1.5 miles. This isn’t real steep, but it is continuous, and many beginner hikers have indicated this should be rated intermediate.

That said, there is no reason a fit beginner cannot complete this hike. If needed, just stop and rest along the way, even if it’s every 50 steps. This is not a conditioning hike, it is a social hike, and you really can’t get lost.

The only junction is 200 yards before the top, where we’ll turn right to complete the climb.

At the top, there is a picnic table and 360 degree incredible views that are especially wonderful at night. We’ll have a snack-share social event at the top for 30-60 minutes before heading back the way we came. Please bring some food and drink to share, and utensils of your item requires it.

The top has been known to sometimes be very cool and windy. Please bring something to put on in case it is that way at the top.

Interesting Notes

Tree Tobacco
The Cahuilla Indians used the leaves interchangeably with other tobacco species in hunting rituals and as a poultice to treat swellings, bruises, cuts, wounds, boils, sores, inflamed throat, and swollen glands. It does not contain nicotine.

It contains anabasine, a similar compound, which is highly toxic to humans and animals. It is more toxic than nicotine. Ingestion of the leaves can be fatal. It is being investigated for use as a biofuel. All parts of this plant are toxic. Used as an insecticide. Do not smoke.

The blue or purple berries are gathered and made into elderberry wine, jam, syrup, and pies. The entire flower cluster can be dipped in batter and fried while petals can be eaten raw or made into a fragrant and tasty tea. Spit out the seeds. Elderflower water is also used in perfumes and sweets.

Most agree that they do need to be cooked if you are going to eat more than just a few out of hand. That’s because they have a small amount of cyanide producing glycosides, which are released upon digestion. Fully ripe black berries are not toxic and you can eat as many as you like. Boiling or baking takes care of any “toxic” issue as does drying raw berries.

Rosewood Trailhead
398 Regal Oak Ct.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

From the 101
Ventu Park exit, South (toward ocean).
Right on Lynn Road for 1000′.
Left on Regal Oak Ct. for 1/3 mi.
Park on the street

Hike Distance: 3.0 miles
Gain: 800′
Distribution: Most of the incline occurs in the first half, which is a continuous climb.

Difficulty: Easy Intermediate.
Shape: Out and back.
Pace: approx. 2.0 mph.
Trail Type: Double track, single track.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Dogs: Yes.
Restrooms: No
Drinking Fountains: No.
Parking: Free along the street.

What to bring
1 liter of water for every 3 miles.
Hiking shoes/boots. Not required, but recommended.
Flashlight or headlamp.
Sunscreen and/or hat as needed.

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April 21 2024


Date: April 21
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Rosewood Trailhead

305 Regal Oak Ct
Thousand Oaks,CAUS

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