Oakbrook Vista – Easy Intermediate
This hike is on the easy end of the intermediate (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781) spectrum. It is an out-and-back hike.
The first part is a steady incline, followed by a rolling trail to our destination. Fit beginners can complete this hike, but it will certainly get their blood pumping. There are no super steep sections.
This hike takes us to a secret spot below a large rock formation. Naturally into the side of the rock is a half-globe carved out of it, giving us a quasi-cave area to sit and have our social event.
This is not a conditioning hike, it’s a social hike. We’ll be stopping at various points to let people catch up and to make sure they make any turns. We’ll stop at the turn around point for a social event lasting 30 – 60 minutes, where we will share snacks and beverages (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772).
The Route (photo posted below):
Distance: 3.2 miles
Distribution: Most of the incline is in the first half.
Difficulty (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781): Easy Intermediate.
Shape: Out and Back.
Pace: approx. 2.0 mph.
Trail Type: Double track, single track.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Drinking Fountains: No.
Parking: Park in 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.
Snacks and/or beverages to share (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772).
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-‘n-fall.
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. See “How hard is this hike” in the discussion section (LINK (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781)).
Stops: The host may designate stopping points to let others catch up. This hike will include an extended stop for a snack and beverage (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772) share at the half way point. We will stop at junctions to make sure everybody makes any turns or chooses the correct direction at splits, else something will be used to mark the direction, usually a large arrow made of baking soda. 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.
Group separation: 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. If others follow, it is group hijacking: Incorrect routes may be taken and group splitting may occur. Please don’t do this.
Here are a couple plants you are sure to see on this hike:
Rounded leaves. Redish trunk and stems. Hard wood. Lots of curves. People used to spray this tree with lacquer and mount on their walls like a “tree of life” for decoration.
Of the Snapdragon family. The flowers are supposed to resemble a laughing monkey’s face. Leaves are very sticky on the underside.
Oakbrook Vista Trailhead
3222 Lang Ranch Pkwy.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362x
Coordinates of trailhead: 34.212466, -118.820325
Exit 15 Avenida de Los Arboles.
East on Avenida de Los Arboles until it ends, 1.6 miles.
Right (south) on N. Westlake Blvd 0.2 miles.
Left (east) on Lang Ranch Pkwy. 0.2 miles.
Park on street, trailhead on the right (south) side.
Disclaimer / Release of Liability:
You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. 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.
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.
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