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Wendy Lollipop

4.6 miles, 1000′ gain, Easy Intermediate
Easier Option – 2.7 miles, 320′ gain

Many have gotten lost relying on GPS. This is the Wendy Trailhead, where S. Wendy Dr. ends at Potrero Rd.

Heading out, we cross a creek, turn right at the split, then Turn right at the dead end. We regroup at the visitor center, where there will be bathrooms.

We cross the wooden bridge and go left at the asphalt path.

After 1/3 mile, those that want the easier path turn left, go 0.4 miles and turn right at the dead end. After 500′, wait at the bench for the rest of the group (45 – 60 min).

The rest will continue down for 3/4 mile. There will be a porta-potty and picnic table. We’ll regroup, then turn right and go about 1.3 miles and another 435′ of gain before turning left and heading up about 1/2 mile.

At the top, we’ll turn left for 500′ and arrive at a bench and overlook. We’ll share snacks and beverages for 30-60 minutes, then head down 500′, turn right at the junction, and return to our cars.

If you wish to return before the social event completes, study the map so you can find your way back.

The Route
Hike Distance: 4.6 mi / 2.7 mi
Gain: 1000′ / 320′
Distribution: Most of the incline is concentrated in the middle of this hike.
Difficulty: Easy Intermediate / Fit beginner
Shape: Lollipop.
Pace: approx. 2.0 mph.
Trail Type: Fire road, double track, single track.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Dogs: We pass a “no dogs” sign.
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Fountains: No.
Parking: Free along 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

Hosting Route: The host knows the route.
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.

Stops: The host may designate stopping points to let others catch up. This hike will include an extended stop for a snack and beverage 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 an arrow made of baking soda or sticks.

Group separation: Hikers moving significantly ahead or not waiting at designated stopping points are on their own regarding route and navigation.

Interesting Notes
Here are a couple plants you will see on this hike:

Heartleaf Penstemon
Leaves are shiny and saw toothed, shaped like hearts, 2 to 6 centimeters long and arranged oppositely on the branches. Stems are red. Small scarlet red tubular flowers.

White flowers on stalk. Stalk is often missing, leaving only the spires from which it grows. Stalks are very strong and light, so they make good walking sticks. Needles on end of spires. Chopped up root can be uses as shampoo. Roasted root can be eaten like a potato. Illegal to remove live stick in CA. Pronounced with short u. Dried leaves make good tinder.

Root can be chopped up and used as soap. To eat root, remove skin and core, boil 15 minutes. Then fry or bake. Flowers are mildly sweet. The fruit is also edible, but bitter if not ripe. To access fibers: Soak for a month in water, lightly pound leaves with rock or club, or scrape skin off skin. Roll between hands, then pull and separate fibers. Weave into cordage.

Wendy Trail Head
4128 Potrero Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Coordinates of trailhead: 34.154507, -118.950095

From CA-118:
CA-118 west for 8 miles.
CA-23 south for 7.4 miles.
US-101 North for 2 miles.
Exit 45 Lynn Rd. and south/west for 2.5 miles.
Left on S. Wendy Dr. for 0.6 miles until it dead ends at Potrero Rd.
Park on Potrero.

From US-101 north/west of Wendy:
US-101 south, exit Wendy Dr.
South on Wendy Dr. for 3 miles until it dead ends at Potrero Rd.
Park on Potrero.

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February 27 2024


Date: February 27
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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4128 Potrero Rd

4128 Potrero Rd
Thousand Oaks,CA91361US

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