Morrison Ranch is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Calabasas, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Nice trail with some gain. Nothing particularly outstanding but still a nice hike. There's a landfill on the other side of the ridge that you can't see, but from the higher points of the trail you can hear heavy equipment. I did the hike on a weekday so there may have been more activity than a weekend. The heavy equipment noise isn't loud but it is an auditory reminder that you're in the midst of an urban area with all the subsequent negative impacts. Still a trail worth doing. Typical flora and landscape of the Las Virgenes Highlands.
Did the loop again after not hiking this trail for months. Had three coyote sightings. Two may have been the same coyote as the first encounter was on the ridge and it was heading down slope cross country. I continued on the ridge until the intersection with the trail heading down and back to the trailhead. On my descent about 1/3 the way back I spot a coyote coming down the slope. It got on the trail and started taking it down slope looking back to check my progress. It finally got off the trail heading back up slope. They will stop and watch you. It's a bit creepy but I'm not particularly concerned as long as it's only one coyote.
i really enjoyed the views on this hike. it was a nice incline quick workout. go all the way up to canyon overlook its 360° views. i was a lil spooked when i came across a snake it was no too big but be careful brush is tall.
Did this trail again today and found a nice feature for children. If you do the loop clockwise you'll see a chain link fence on the left after reaching the ridge. There's a sign that identifies the area on the other side of the fence as a landfill. Right past the fence is a track that goes a short distance to the crest of the ridge. Take this track and at the top you'll overlook the landfill. Why would someone want to get a great view of a landfill? Well...it's an active landfill and there are lots of large trucks and land moving equipment. In my experience young children, especially boys, go gaga over big vehicles. Be a little careful as the crest is also a road for the heavy equipment. The drivers might not expect people on this road.