Palo Comado Canyon Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Agoura Hills, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Agoura Hills, CA: Travel US 101 / Ventura Freeway to Cheesebro Road, which carries you to the entrance to the Canyons. Proceed to parking lot. Hike Modelo Spur to Modelo Trail to Palo Comado Connector to reach this canyon trail.
This is one of the greener canyons in western LA/eastern Ventura counties. I don't know why but the old growth in some of the canyons is more dense. The dense old growth adds a grey tint to the green, It's almost like the grass in this canyon was cut and removed like it was hay. In any case this is one of the more beautiful and tranquil canyons. The oak stands are also nice and serene. Not too many people although bikers do tend to travel rather fast. Fortunately there aren't a lot of blind curves.
Excellent trails and view / surroundings with foliage (for the area)
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.
the views are pretty, we did just half of it, we did it not clockwise, but elevation gain was still challenging. is not for small kids.
This was an amazing hike. Did it with a few friends on a full moon eve. Entered from the Double Tree Rd access in Oak Park. Our goal was to get to Simi Peak, but we missed that little connector in the dark, so our turn around point was Albertson Fire Rd. The trail is more like a dirt road, wide & clear. It starts in a dry creek area wooded with oak & sycamore. The trail soon climbs up rocky ridges. Near the top of the range the trail opens up into rolling grasslands. Like so many of the trails in the area you don't have to get very far in to feel like you are very far from civilization, and I love that. I will be hiking htis route again in December with the goal to continue all the way to Long Canyon trail and come out in Wood Ranch on SW end of Simi Valley.