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Wendy Lollipop

4.6 miles, 1000′ gain. Easy Intermediate.

Different mapping apps give different directions for the same address, and many have gotten lost relying on GPS. If you don’t know this location, please look on a map to find this location before heading out, and don’t rely only on GPS. This is the Wendy Trailhead, where S. Wendy Dr. ends at Potrero Rd.

Fit beginners can still do it, but they should be aware that there are several areas of extended incline. Nothing super steep, just continuous and strenuous for many.

That’s OK, because this is not a conditioning hike, it’s a social hike. We’ll be stopping at various points to let people catch up.

We’ll start at the Wendy trailhead. There are many routes through this park, so it will be important to listen to the hike leader about various points to stop and let others catch up for regrouping. We’ll be taking the route posted in the photo in this description.

Slightly more than half way, we’ll be stopping at a bench and overlook to have our traditional social event, sharing snacks and beverages (

If you wish to return before the social event completes, you are responsible for finding your own way out, so study the map carefully. It’s only a mile and 100′ of gain, if you make the correct turns.

The Route.

Hike Distance: 4.6 miles
Gain: 1000′
Distribution: Most of the incline is concentrated in the middle of this hike.
Difficulty ( Easy Intermediate.
Shape: Lollipop.
Pace: approx. 2.0 mph.
Trail Type: Fire road, double track, single track.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Dogs: There is a no dogs sign that we will pass.
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. 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 (

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 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.

Interesting Notes
Here are a couple plants you are sure to 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.
Trailhead slightly to the left.

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.
Trailhead slightly to the left.

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December 07 2021


Date: December 7, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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4128 Potrero Rd

4128 Potrero Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361 US

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