Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Trail is a 10 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Calabasas, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. 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
Neighborhoods along Las Virgenes Road have quick access into the vast Simi Hills trail network. Get to know the ancient oaks and sycamores along the nearly flat trail up the canyon. After countless years of battling developers, the lovely Ahmanson Ranch area is open to the public under the care of the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy . The first part of our hike takes you through gently rolling hills dotted with huge, spectacular oak trees. After a loop around Lasky Mesa, the hike heads northwest to Las Virgenes Canyon where a small creek nurtures a more densely covered area along the banks of the stream. As time was running short, we didn't make it all the way up Las Virgenes Canyon. This is a popular area for bikers so keep a head up for them. All the trail junctions can be a bit confusing, so you might want to print out a map from the Ahmonson.org web site.
Took the single track off the Upper Las Virgenes Trail that connects back to the trailhead, I would not recommend it at this time. Very overgrown. I missed it on the way in but only went a little ways further on the Upper Las Virgenes trail before encountering a water crossing where wet feet looked inevitable. Found the single track on the way back. Should have just gone back the way I came in. There was a really nice patch of California poppies just before the impassable water crossing so that was a positive.
I love this trail! I take it all the time with my dog. It's kinda dusty in the summer but there are lots of little trails to take along with it!