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Gentler, but the other way: Longer Hidden Valley Overlook – 5.25 miles, 925′

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Gentler, but the other way: Longer Hidden Valley Overlook – 5.25 miles, 925′

If you’re waitlisted for Steve’s hike, please sign up for this one, and then remove yourself from Steve’s waitlist.

This alternate hike starts at the Wendy/Potrero trailhead, and traverses the Satwiwa area in the opposite direction to Steve’s hike, climbs to a beautiful view of the upper Sycamore Canyon and Hidden Valley, does a loop around the hill at the top, then descends past the windmill and back to the cars.

We may encounter cattle at the top, or at least “evidence” of their presence 🙂

Surprisingly, there are a number of wildflowers still in bloom, even now well after the landscape usually turns golden brown.

Please review the revised guidelines to participate in our hikes. Restrictions apply for your safety and ours:

  • Don’t show up unless you’re on the “Attending” list
  • No “Plus Ones” on this hike. If you want to bring someone along, have them sign up, and make sure they’re aware of, and agree to, these restrictions.
  • Plan on completing the entire hike at a 2.5 mph pace or please find an alternative hike that better suits your hiking level.
  • All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • No dogs.

Directions: From the 101 in Thousand Oaks, exit at Wendy and drive all the way south until it dead-ends at Potrero Road. Google Maps directions are inaccurate in this area – read and follow these instead.


The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers 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.

If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group, its organizers, and sponsors from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

November 02 2023


Date: November 2
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Hiking Group:
RSVP: Visit Meetup Website


Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa Wendy Trailhead

Portrero Road & South Wendy Drive
Newbury Park,ca91361US

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The Weekday Trailblazers
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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.

The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Terms of Service.

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