dogs on leash
This hike was long but more easy with moderate sections rather than a hard hike. I went on 11/13/16 and everything was very dry. It may be a much nicer hike in the spring. There are a couple of gorgeous valley views otherwise not a ton to look at. There's not a lot of shade, bring water. There are many other trail options to take too. I did like that the trail was well maintained, good signage, and easy to follow. It may be a good night hike! There weren't too many people other than a handful of mountain bikers so that was nice too.
I was hiking the loop today and somewhere around 10:15 AM on the stretch after the shady section that closely parallels the creek bed, three deer crossed about 25 yards in front of me. Deer are relatively common but having them cross your path isn't a frequent occurrence. Really improved my mood on a day when I needed it.
I'm afraid the description of Cheeseboro Southern Park oversells the area. Don't get me wrong, I really like the southern part of the Cheeseboro Park. I originally submitted the trail because I wanted to get the word out. However, if you think you're going to see bobcats and foxes, you're going to be disappointed. To begin with both are nocturnal. They aren't out and about when most of us are hiking. The habitat would support them but over the years I have logged thousands of miles in similar habitat and I've seen a bobcat once. There are lots of squirrels and lizards. Birds are plentiful and you might see a hawk in the sky above. Although I haven't seen one in this area, I suspect coyote sightings aren't uncommon. You're chance of seeing deer would increase early morning and evenings. Snakes are also common, in particular rattlesnakes. Obviously they require some caution. Although there is shade the summer sun is hot and there are significant stretches with no shade. I'd definitely avoid the area if temps are climbing into the 90s. It's still a great area and I would also recommend it for kids and families.
Hiked from Cheeseboro Canyon Trailhead to the intersection with the Palo Comado Canyon Trail. Sun was rather hot but fortunately the trail has no hills to climb and you can hike it shade to shade. There are a couple long sunny stretches but about the time you're really needing some relief you get to another patch of shade. There's almost always a breeze which helps mitigate the heat a lot.
My moms group and I went, stroller friendly, we just walked in a little and then turned around. Easy hike, shade off and on. There are horses and mountain bikers, which we always gave the right away. There is NO cell service once you get to the back parking lot.
The vast majority of people heading out from the Cheeseboro Canyon trail head go north. I've hiked this trail many times and was always curious about the trail that headed south. Took it on a whim. It's a very nice trail with some nice oak stands. It goes by the original Morrison Ranch House, a nice piece of local history. Typical landscape for the Las Virgenes, Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyon areas. Definately worth doing as one of the selection of trails off Cheesebro Rd
Ran this loop with a friend as practice for the Chesebro Half marathon. Early spring like conditions had the grass very green, wild flowers beginning to bloom, and the birds chirping away. Started our run up Chesebro Canyon trail in the middle of the day meant a little warmer condition than I had wanted but there was enough shade here and there during our run. Nice gradual incline at the start helped to warm us up before we got to Shepherds Flat and the big climb before the even steeper downhill on Palo Comado. The last part of Palo Comado heading back to the trail head was challenging but helped complete a fun and enjoyable run. Trail signs throughout were plentiful and easy to follow so we didn't get lost