dogs on leash
Went for a quick hike about 11:15 on a perfect Saturday (first weekend of March). Parking lot was full. Managed to get a spot that I assume someone else had recently vacated. People were parked in most every conceivable place that wasn't designated no parking. By 11:00 parking will usually free up some but not this particular day. When planning a hike in Cheeseboro Canyon on a weekend, I'd have an alternative in mind. Between the parking lot closing because it's too muddy and it being full because its a good day, you may need to go to plan B. If you're in a group with multiple cars, carpooling is recommended.
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.
It's green in Cheeseboro Canyon and throughout the area. The significant rains have made the hills green about a month earlier than last year. The ground is saturated so you're going to have to deal with mud for at least a couple days after a rain. The trails were passable but I didn't cross the road to the section on the other side of Chesebro Rd. Get out and hike...it's worth dealing with a little mud.
The canyon is green! The rain has made the hills green but many trails are muddy. This one through the canyon is passable. A couple spots where you couldn't completely avoid the mud but it wasn't deep. FYI, they will lock the gate to the parking area if it's too muddy. They did it January 2. You may want to have a backup location in mind if hiking shortly after a rain.