Explore the most popular birding trails in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a very simple trail. A lot of sun and no shade. it has very nice views of the yellow hills

Not much to see on this one. I have not worked out in a while so this was a great start. Kicked my butt because I am out of shape, but good start!

You can tell this place was previously farm land because you will see random vegetable plants as you are hiking.

This trail is definitely 'Hard' per rating. We took the trail southbound (from Simi to Victory), and so glad we did. The north half of the trail is predominated by a mix of grade hills, up and down, and to do that climb on the back half of our trail would have been even harder.

There are some good views, including some over the shoulder views of the old rocket facilities. A little bit of the trail was overgrown with fox tails (which isn't surprising now June). Per an earlier comment the best views are more than 3 miles in from both ends.

I enjoyed this hike for it's pure challenge and it had some nice sights, but I'm not going to give it a high score for lack of return on investment:l I've hiked on others in the greater LA that I would prefer (Upper Rustic Garapito Loop Trail, Dawn Mine and Sunset Trail Loop, are both shorter but with much better views). Travel time was approx 6 hours for us.


Notes:
Parking on the Simi side was a bit of a pain, as all the nearby areas are private property, so we parked half mile away in some residential.
It was mid 80s and shade is spotty and almost non-existent the north half. My buddy drank 3L of water and I 4.5L; come prepared. Probably because of the warm weather, we only saw four other people on the trail but confident none of them were through the whole of this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty trail. I started at 7:30 and there were quite a few people at the trailhead then; it was busy when I came back in. Very pretty views.

A pleasant 6.5 mile or so out and back trail along Las Virgenes Canyon. We did it on a hot 90F day and turned back as the elevation gained and it became too hot. You can continue up to China Flats and above if inclined (pun intended) or loop back via Cheesboro.

on Laskey Mesa Trail

trail running
2 months ago

Gorgeous green rolling hills in the spring time. Very little shade so plan accordingly when it's hot.

Great mountain bike ride. Just be aware, if you make a left turn farther up on the trail, it takes you to Las Virgenes. Found this out the hard way and decided to ride back from Las Virgenes to Victory. Great ride though.

I'd recommend this hike if you're a local. Endless rolling hills are beautiful, but beyond that it's kind of a boring trail. I did this hike in the summer though, I'm sure it's more scenic in the spring when everything's blooming.

Went after rain. wide trails, peaceful, some coyote pack sighting.

hiking
4 months ago

An easy lop than can be done at a leisurely pace.
Note: My hike added a short extension that makes this a 5 mile loop. But AllTrails won't allow me to include that portion with it's write option so I've added Waypoints so you can see where that section is. This extra section is rated moderate and should be avoided if you have a stroller etc.

A easy trail but really busy on the Victory side. Best as a starting point for the numerous better off-shots.

Beautiful view, clean trail, hiking up hill not difficult, excellent for everyday hike.

hiking
6 months ago

This is my usual go to for an easy two hour hike. Most of it is gentle incline, except the hill at the half way point. The whole path is well trafficked by bikes, horses, and people.
Bikers, please remember to slow down when coming up on hikers, they have the right of way no matter how fast you want to go (yes, some bikers zip right by and I pulled an ankle once when surprised by one coming from behind).

Boring. Turned around after 3 miles. Too many loud people.

It is great and easy

This trail when completed from start to finish is as described. It starts out easy for the first 4 miles or so then begins to transition into the hills. The difficulty comes from mile 5 - 8 which is all the elevation gain. Took 5-6 hours to complete, be familiar with the map as cell service is none existent most of the way.

It is a good place I liked it

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Great hike if you're looking to put in a few easy miles. There are bits of incline here and there but they are pretty easy and short-lived. There is no shade whatsoever on this trail, so keep that in mind when the sun is strong. We had to step aside for a few people of bikes but they were very considerate. Also, I believe the waterfall tag is a mistake, definitely didn't see one and can't imagine where it could have been. Parking was easy and it wasn't too crowded.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Love this hike. Not sure where the waterfall is.

This is a nice easy trail.. Have gone here a few times so close to home. Don't know why it's labeled as hard! Have came with children and dogs as well. Never done the whole thing as it huge.

hiking
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Love this hike! Didn't see a waterfall though and followed the path to a T. Still a beautiful hike!

mountain biking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Very beautiful and easy mountain biking trail

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Go early; heavily trafficked. Beautiful views!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Monday, January 02, 2017

Love this hike! Gorgeous views and good hills to make sure you're getting a workout.

Pretty easy trail. It was quite muddy today from the rains last week but still gorgeous!!

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

The fact that I live in Topanga Canyon and have never been here bothers me, especially after getting the chance to meander through the park for the first time today. While I can only imagine how gorgeous these hills must be in the springtime, the dry late-summer hues are awfully intriguing in their own right, especially when the weather didn't jump above 80 and a cool breeze accompanied me as I snaked my way through the canyons. I feel like I just found a gold mine, and you better believe I'll be back again soon. Several several times.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

tough.

Friday, July 15, 2016

It was a terrific trail...definitely challenging, but very doable. Felt really energized once the trail ended...wanted to do it again. Will be there tomorrow!

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

Easy loop trail. It's breathtaking! You can have your pets, too. Good for beginners to start of.

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