Bark Park Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Calabasas, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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
This is a very nice trail that starts from a bark park - hence the name. It connects to the New Millennium Trail so a more extensive hike or ride is possible. Very nice views of the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding areas. There is road noise from Las Virgenes Rd and the 101 which is really the only negative.
This trail has a nice wildflower bloom that develops later than many of the other trails. I was here a month ago and there weren't many at all. On this hike there were quite a few concentrated about a quarter mile into the hike for about a half mile. The rest of the hike had a few scattered along the trail. One, the Yellow Mariposa Lily, I had never seen before. I also saw Chinese Houses for the first time in the wild. I may have seen them in flower gardens as they looked familiar.
Nice bloom of Lupines close to the trailhead, They're mixed in with large patches of a small purple flower that I keep researching for a name. Saw one Catalina Mariposa Lilly near the end of the Bark Park Trail. Mostly see them in Charmlee Wilderness Park,
Did the Bark Park trail again and wildflowers are starting to appear. Nothing dramatic blooming now. There were some blue dicks and a nice patch of what looked to be red maids. Last year late in the spring(like May) there was a profusion of farewell to spring and golden stars. I came across deer tracks. There are lots of deer in many of these canyons north of the mountains but very few deer tracks on the trails. There are three trails now that I've found deer tracks...Liberty Canyon, the Las Virgenes Fireroad south of Juan Bautista de Anza Park and now the Bark Park trail. The other two trails don't allow dogs, and I've noticed that this one, even though it starts from a bark park, has few dog tracks. My anecdotal experience would suggest that even when they are gone the dog's scent lingers on the trails and deer avoid them.
There is few way to loop this trail ;)
Just got back from a hike on the Bark Park Trail. Outstanding flowering of farewell-to-spring and golden stars. The largest patches of farewell-to-spring I've ever seen.
Went back to the Bark Park Trail to get some pictures while everything is green. Wildflowers are out. Not a lot of flowers but enough. There was a morning glory and quite a few blue dicks. Ran into a ranger coming down the trail while I was going up. Had a nice chat. Don't see too many rangers actually walking the trails. I assume they're usually to busy. She was coming back from doing maintenance on a water source for wildlife. The surrounding communities store run off from their watering activities and this is used for wildlife.
Nice trail with beautiful views. Not too difficult with good amount of inclines and declines and not crowded good place to take your dog.