Palo Comado Canyon Trail

HARD 54 reviews

Palo Comado Canyon Trail is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Agoura Hills, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

Distance: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,151 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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nature trips

bird watching

running

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views

wild flowers

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Directions from Agoura Hills, CA: Travel US 101 / Ventura Freeway to Cheesebro Road, which carries you to the entrance to the Canyons. Proceed to parking lot. Hike Modelo Spur to Modelo Trail to Palo Comado Connector to reach this canyon trail.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Recently was groomed and the green weeds (now brown) are cut back from the trail.

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5 months ago

the bottom corner of this trail is really overgrown with some sharp stems that have been cut or bitten .... and the brush is tall bout 6 or 7 ft to get through....cut my leg and face so ..... other then that it was a great trail for a long workout....I got four trails verified completed doing this trail....and starting at cheseboro canyon....

recorded Palo Comado Canyon Trail

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6 months ago

Perfect weather before it starts to get too hot. Although it is rated as "hard," perhaps for the mileage, I would say it is "moderate" compared to similar trails. I did a longer version of this hike just when they re-opened this area after the Woolsey Fire last year. It was devastating. But today, to witness the revitalization and the power of nature - the trees being the biggest concern - was so heart-warming and eye-opening. Luscious grades of green, but unfortunately it looks like black mustard (though highly picture-worthy) has taken over and only a few patches of lupine and poppies on the trails, relatively speaking. I hiked this loop at a decent pace today, but added an extra mile because I missed the turn and ended up walking on Modelo Trail for about 0.6 miles. Thankfully, I figured it out and turned around. Grateful for this app., but of course it's only good if one looks at it. ;-) I hiked this in clockwise direction - not many people or bicyclists for a Sunday. We are blessed to have so many beautiful trails in our backyards.

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8 months ago

Great winter hike! Lots of bikers in both directions. Several entrances to the main loop. Saw a couple coyotes as well.

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8 months ago

There’s s beautiful waterfall, go see it before it dries up.

Mon Jun 18 2018

i would rate this as a easy to moderate trail on difficulty. i think people rate the difficulty based on distance. Nice trails throughout

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Sun Jun 03 2018

Nice long hike with changing scenery. Definitely go counter-clockwise if hiking. Not overly difficult - not entirely sure why this is rated as “Hard”: Perhaps it’s the distance?

Sun Apr 22 2018

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.

Fri Mar 16 2018

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

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Thu Nov 23 2017

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.

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Mon Sep 04 2017

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.

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Wed Jan 25 2017

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

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Mon Jan 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.

Sun Dec 04 2016

Excellent trails and view / surroundings with foliage (for the area)

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Mon Nov 14 2016

This hike was long but more easy with moderate sections rather than a hard hike. I went on 11/13/16 and everything was very dry. It may be a much nicer hike in the spring. There are a couple of gorgeous valley views otherwise not a ton to look at. There's not a lot of shade, bring water. There are many other trail options to take too. I did like that the trail was well maintained, good signage, and easy to follow. It may be a good night hike! There weren't too many people other than a handful of mountain bikers so that was nice too.

Sun Nov 13 2016

the views are pretty, we did just half of it, we did it not clockwise, but elevation gain was still challenging. is not for small kids.

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Fri Nov 09 2012

This was an amazing hike. Did it with a few friends on a full moon eve. Entered from the Double Tree Rd access in Oak Park. Our goal was to get to Simi Peak, but we missed that little connector in the dark, so our turn around point was Albertson Fire Rd. The trail is more like a dirt road, wide & clear. It starts in a dry creek area wooded with oak & sycamore. The trail soon climbs up rocky ridges. Near the top of the range the trail opens up into rolling grasslands. Like so many of the trails in the area you don't have to get very far in to feel like you are very far from civilization, and I love that. I will be hiking htis route again in December with the goal to continue all the way to Long Canyon trail and come out in Wood Ranch on SW end of Simi Valley.

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