Oakbrook Vista Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Thousand Oaks, CA that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
I'm submitting this trail partly because the trail in Oakbrook Regional Park, the Secret Passage to Simi Peak, could start from the same trail head but is much more difficult based on the description. I believe the difficult portion of that trail starts where this trail ends. I rate the Oakbrook Vista Trail moderate because the first mile is on average a 12.5% grade. Since its not a constant 12.5% the portions that are rather level have to be made up for by steeper sections. There are sections at or near 20% grade. It's taxing but not a technically difficult climb. The views from the ridge are very nice so it is worth the climb. The trail could be done in warmer sunny weather. Attempt the hike in the morning hours as the ridge blocks the sun for much of the climb. The ridge top has limited shade although the single track used to avoid the steep trail to an adjoining peak is well shaded. A definite workout but a trail well worth doing.
This is a great local TO trail which leads to beautiful views of TO, North Ranch, & parts of Simi. The first 1.5 miles has a pretty decent uphill, but it levels out mostly at the top. There are plenty of chances to add distance and peaks throughout the trail as well. We went during the week, towards the evening time and only saw 2-3 people. It's a good trail for dogs too, just not during rattlesnake season. Sunset was beautiful! I will definitely do this trail again.