Explore the most popular forest trails in Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
21 days ago

Rattlesnakes are out in full force now. My son had a baby one cross the trail right in front of his bike

Beautiful views. Sections of the trail are just breathtakingly amazing!! Not much shade on the first half of the trail. Didn’t see many other hikers.

LONG, only a couple of longer climbs. But a great day trip.

Good old reliable cheseboro

hiking
3 months ago

Most of the bikers were friendly, but some of the trail was very narrow and the bikers go so fast that it’s not the best place to hike with dogs. But it was a good hike.

3 months ago

I got lost ended up in oak park

5 months ago

Great trail
Lots of bikers on weekends
Too much horse poop to give it a 5

hiking
6 months ago

Love this trail! Extremely low traffic and stunning views. Good challenging incline, but great flats to run as well.

Hiked this loop on a warm day. Mostly encountered Mtn bikers on the trail. The majority seem to ride clockwise so Hike opposite way to see them coming. Take plenty of water. There isn’t a lot of shade on much of the trail. Trail is well worn so not too rocky, but it can be very dusty.

trail running
6 months ago

Good open trails with lots of options. Trail is soft in spots and because of all the options it’s easy to get flipped around or lost. The middle peak is nice, but the trail is pretty bland otherwise. There is trails for all skill levels.

challenging on a hot day, but totally worth it

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of mt. bikes. We entered the loop from Doubletree Lane, so only 7 miles for us.

Saw three deer today (Sept 19,2017) hiking this trail. See my milepost on my recording Cheeseboro Canyon View attached to Cheeseboro Canyon View Trail. Always great to see deer. It wasn't near dawn or dusk but about 11:45. It was a cloudy cooler day. There was a doe with male and female fawns. Doe stayed pretty well hidden but fawns were out in the open. Both the young ones and I had a staring contest but they were unperturbed.

hiking
8 months ago

We encountered several bikers, who moved clockwise through the northern half of this loop. Therefore, I recommend hiking this loop counterclockwise, so that you can see them coming.

There was a significant amount of horse manure on the southern half of this loop.

Difficulty level was moderate.

I used my jogging stroller and it worked OK. I would do it again.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Difficult climb on dead cow trail as it is full of channels and holes. But a great down hill ride after the climb.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Really peaceful Canyon, mostly wide trail, better to hike in cooler evening. I've hiked in midday and the sun kinda wipes you out as there are limited shade and breezes. Well travelled by bikers and hikers, listen for the bike bells and step to the left!

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

As I anticipated the Cheeseboro Canyon Trail was very busy with hikers, hikers with dogs, and bicycles. Parking lot was near capacity at 9:30 when I arrived. I was walking a friends dog which complicates the hike. She is getting old and now moves rapidly away from aggressive dogs. I usually sit her down so in her haste to get away, I don't trip over her. In a couple instances we had bicycles and dogs converging at the same place. Once a couple horses were thrown into the mix, If you want a more peaceful experience from this trailhead get off the Cheeseboro Canyon Trail and onto one of the many other options. You won't have the trail to yourself but it'll be way less crowded.

hiking
Friday, April 07, 2017

Took a trail south of Cheeseboro today and there was a major kerfuffle of coyotes in the bush. Heard howls for a few minutes coming from an area of dense brush about 100 yards away. Never saw a single coyote. Just a reminder to those that walk dogs and are inclined to take them off leash. Just because you don't see coyotes doesn't mean that there aren't any coyotes. Your dog probably knows if there are coyotes around and if he/she is inclined to chase or investigate...it could have a tragic ending.

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Found out what the little purple flower is that grows so prolific in the fields of many of the canyons though this area. It's Filaree. There are a number of varieties but I'm not inclined to research them enough to differentiate. I'm satisfied just knowing i'ts Filaree. Asked the person at the information booth. He took the trouble to look it up because he couldn't remember the name. The people at this booth are really nice and a great resource. The 5 gold stars are for them.

hiking
Friday, March 24, 2017

beautiful!!! all green!!!

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Beautiful views and not crowded at all !

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

I like this area but it isn't the best for wildflowers. Just a few here and there. There's a small purple flower that tints the grass purple just after the trailhead. I can't seem to determine what the name of the flower is. Not a big fan of mustard but there are patches of yellow on some of the hills because of it. Oaks are leafing out which is nice. Few more varieties of wildflowers on the west side of Chesebro but not in great numbers. Still a really nice place for a hike with all the green hills.

hiking
Friday, March 17, 2017

super crowded. It should say heavily-trafficked trail with lots of mountain bikers. It is pretty, but poor signage is confusing. There is a ranger trailer with a very nice, helpful ranger. If you're looking for a nice, peaceful hike this is not for you. If you're a mountain biker or runner, you'll love it.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

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.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

It is raining season, it is spring, it is so green... some area is muddy, but the view is so pretty ..

hiking
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Very green. Lots of people. Bikers ride fast, you have to keep your dog close. Horses. Moderate trail.

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, January 08, 2017

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.

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