Talepop Loop & Lunch at La Paz
Please join us on the site of the former Chumash village known as Talepop, in the Liberty Canyon Natural Preserve.
We will be dedicating this hike to Jeff Sherman. Jeff signed up for this hike on August 21 before passing away last Monday during our Zuma Canyon hike. (See Comments section)
He loved hiking and would have wanted us to continue with this one. He will be with us in spirit.
Our hike begins at Juan Bautista de Anza Park which will connect us with the Talepop Loop Trail. The trail climbs up a ridgeline with nice views of Liberty Canyon, Las Virgenes Canyon and oak-studded rolling hills.
The hike will be a combination of ranch roads and single track trails. We will make a side trip on the Grasslands trail and visit the historic Sepulveda Adobe and stroll past White Oak Farm (see below), creating a 4.75 mile (appx) lollipop with about 600 ft total ascent. Bring at least a quart of water.
Post hike lunch is down the road at La Paz Restaurant
4505 Las Virgenes Rd.
Calabasas, CA 91302
The swing is gone but the swingers will be there!
The Sepulveda Adobe
Built in 1863, the home of California pioneer homesteader Don Pedro Alcantra Sepulveda stands today on its original site just west of the corner of Las Virgenes Road and Mulholland Highway.
Pedro Sepulveda and his wife Soledad raised their twelve children at this small home near Las Virgenes Creek. The rancho was farmed and the many crops grown there included field corn, beans, potatoes, turnips and onions. A mulberry tree planted by Don Pedro well over 100 years ago thrives today and is still bearing fruit. Sepulveda supported his family as a charcoal maker and supplier of oak firewood that heated the fine homes in Los Angeles of the day. His roundtrip to the city with a wagonload of wood took three days at the time when the 101 freeway was nothing but a narrow dirt trail.
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The Sepulveda Adobe was inhabited from the time of its construction until 1980. Badly damaged in the 1994 earthquake, seismic retrofitting and restoration began eight years later, shepherded by the California State Parks Dept. Most work was completed in 2017 and public access accommodations were to follow. The home itself is now barely a shell of its former self due to the Woolsey fire
White Oak Farm
White Oak Farm on Las Virgenes Rd was an early 20th-Century dairy and ranch. The barn here, built in the 1920s, is one of the oldest remaining barns in the region. During the 1920s and through the 1940s, the farm served as a “gentleman’s ranch.” The site was eventually purchased by Bob Hope in 1952. Bob Hope’s brother James lived there and managed the ranch for more than 20 years. The Hopes sold the property to the State in 1975 and it was incorporated it into Malibu Creek State Park. Today(?) it is a residence for one of the park rangers.
Juan Bautista de Anza Park is on the corner of Las Virgenes and Lost Hills Rds. Park in the lot or on the street. Meet at west end of parking lot.
From the Valley – Take 101 west. Exit Las Virgenes. Left on Las Virgenes to Lost Hills Rd. Right on Lost Hills. Park will be on left but continue to next corner for U-turn.
From TO – Take 101 east. Exit Lost Hills Rd. Right on Lost Hills. Right into Park
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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