Did a loop coming down from Liberty Canyon, which is the nicer side, though there's a lot of development going on that side and that may chance.
A pleasant hike but as mentioned in other reviews traffic noise from Las Virgenes Road takes some of the edge off and the section running parallel with Las Virgenes isn't very interesting.

Average hike.

The good parts:
-trail wasn’t busy, easy to find free parking
-trail is clearly defined, but it was useful to have a map bc it’s easy to make a wrong turn.
-decent view of mountains

Bad parts:
-the trail is within earshot of a heavily trafficed road, including sirens of ambulances,fire trucks, and loud motorcycles.
-nothing really unique to see

Mostly a fire road that eventually leads to singletrack. Highlight was seeing a mountain lion track on the trails.

Great flat hike. You have to tune out the traffic noise from nearby Lindero Canyon. Saw three groups of mule deer.

The landscape is drying up quickly. The wild oats and wild barley (foxtails) still have some green. Saw some wildflowers but this hike generally has never been very good for wildflowers. There were some California poppies, morning glory, and some golden stars. The poppies looked well past peak. Nice breeze coming through Malibu Canyon. It was rather calm driving over but the canyons usually have a breeze when its warming inland and the coasts are cold. The breeze mitigated the sun which was getting hot.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Did this hike because Las Virgenes Creek was flowing across the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon trail. This trail was muddy in places but passable. About 3/4 of a mile in you start picking up a lot of deer tracks. Interestingly, about 3/4 of a mile in there are far fewer canine tracks. Dogs aren't allowed on this trail but some people still bring dogs. From the print evidence there are far fewer than other trails and that number decreases with distance from the park. At about 3/4 of a mile I also found what looked very much like mountain lion prints. They weren't excellent prints but you could see certain characteristics that pointed to cat rather than canine. Photos are included under my February 2016 Juan Bautista De Anza Las Virgenes Fireroad recording. When hiking together this past January in Liberty Canyon, a friend of mine also found mountain lion prints. Liberty Canyon is to the west and the two canyons merge less than a mile to the south.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Really good hike in Liberty Canyon. The trail through the canyon is very tranquil and the hills are nice and green. There is a small burn area near the beginning of the hike that could result in a nice patch of wildflowers this spring. My friend spotted a set of tracks that could be mountain lion. They were the right size, the pad had the right shape, and there were no claw marks. There are photos included in the photo section. Lots of deer prints, and deer are a major food source. Finally on the way out about 100 yards from the pavement was a tree full of parrots. Wouldn't have noticed them if they hadn't been making such a ruckus.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hiked to the high point of the Talepop Trail. Can hike this section of trail shade to shade. There are some sunny stretches but on the climb the shady spots are nicely spaced. As usual there is a nice breeze especially through Liberty Canyon and Las Virgenes Canyon.

Super easy hike very nice for biking if you are into that. even some shade spots to take breaks if you are a beginner. wide trail as well so no need to worry about snakes during the hot months.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Excellent trail, amazing vistas and varied terrain.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Still some green in the valleys on this trail. It's pretty much disappeared from the Las Virgenes Highlands and surrounding canyons on the north side of the 101. The green isn't going to last long so hike this trail sooner than later.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I just did the Liberty Canyon Trail hike. I might be a bit generous with a 5 star rating but I'm in a generous mood because the whole of southern California is now so green. There's nothing spectacular about this trail as compared to similar trails in the surrounding area. They all have similar views and they're also very green. This one doesn't seem to get the use that others do so it may be a more tranquil experience. It;s a very easy trail although there isn't much shade. I'd avoid it in the summer months on days when the sun is oppressive.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Nice trail originating from Juan Bautista De Anza Park off Lost Hills Rd in Calabasas. You can avoid all the congested parking near Mulholland and Las Virgenes by using this trailhead. The only real negative is the road noise from Las Virgenes Rd. There is some shade on the trail and there is often a breeze because Malibu Creek offers a pass to the ocean. The park offers restroom facilities and a parking lot. Trailhead also offers easy access to the Talepop trail. Dogs are not allowed on this trail.

mountain biking
Monday, March 31, 2014

I like this trail a lot. It's pretty fun, a couple of times I had to get off my bike and push it but I would still call this an easy trail. No crowd, I met only one person. Nice view just be careful with the wildlife, I saw a bob cat sitting in the meadow and coyotes.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I took this trail for the first time this morning. I started and ended at the opposite end, where there is ample free parking, restrooms, and water fountains at DeAnza Park on Lost Hills Road. The view from the heights along Talepop Trail is breathtaking when winter showers have made green the hillsides. My new fave.

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