Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews

Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Trail is a 9.9 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.

DISTANCE
9.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
925 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

The first part of the 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. This is a popular area for bikers so keep a head up for them.

hiking
3 months ago

Went off the main paths and traversed some steep hills. Did not make it to the caverns but will definitely return.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Wide trail, plenty of room for hikers and riders. Rolling hills with low grade climbs.

hiking
7 months ago

A quiet hike. Not many people. Annoying that there are no trail markers. Makes finding the connector trails for the loop hard to find.

10 months ago

A rattlesnake on the trail today and once heard about 20 coyotes here, hours before dark. Only been here a few times. Wild area.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

There is still water flowing through the first water crossing of the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Trail. The water crossing at the T with the access rd is dry, which is weird as it is downstream. I did see what I can only imagine were mountain lion tracks at that T. The prints weren't that clear but they were large, there were no claw marks, and the middle toes weren't even like a canine print (see Photos). There are mountain lions in the area...seeing prints just emphasizes that fact. I'm more conscious of surroundings and sounds after seeing evidence but I really should maintain that same vigilance always.

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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.

Friday, December 09, 2016

steady

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

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!

hiking
Sunday, November 08, 2015

In my humble opinion, the best vista for the longest stretch of trail within an easy hike from the Las Virgenes Rd trail head is Crummer Ranch Rd through Laskey Mesa. It's 4 to 4.5 miles out and back if you hike all the way to Crummer Ranch. There's about 630 ft of gain with only one steep stretch which can be avoided by taking an adjoining trail that goes around it. The area is all dried up now but winter rains will hopefully bring some green to the hills. The views are extensive with limited infringement of residential structures. An excellent outing but not one to be done on even warm summer days. There is virtually no shade for the majority of the hike.

hiking
Friday, October 23, 2015

There are multiple trails and hike routes accessible from the Las Virgenes trail head. I haven't yet experienced a bad hike but some are better than others. You could spend many hours hiking or biking because the open space stretches from West Hills to Thousand Oaks. It's quite a remarkable amount of preserved open space given what must be incredible real estate value. The Las Virgenes trail head is a good place to start. There's an abundance of grasslands and scrub with a smattering of individual oaks and the occasional trail intersections with oak woodlands that occur mainly along the creeks. Go prepared with plenty of water, a hat, proper hiking shoes, and sun screen. Rattlesnakes are an obvious concern but they have this very helpful habit of giving fair warning when they feel threatened.

hiking
Friday, March 20, 2015

I usually access the Upper Las Virgines Open Space via Victory Trailhead, at the western end of the San Fernando Valley. Some logistics about the trail:

- Parking: Ample street parking on Victory Blvd. or the dirt lot at the trail head. As of this writing (March 2015), parking is $3.00. If you choose street parking, it is a 3-5 minute uphill walk on the paved road leading to the lot.
- Open: Sunrise to sunset (if you get locked it and do not have a dog, you can jump the wall on the north side of the street relatively easily). Security patrols the area and will open the gate for you without incidence.
- Other: Outdoor restroom in the corner of the parking lot. Dog pick up bag dispenser, which is always restocked and full based on my experience.

I have been using this space for many years now, but my outings have been limited to hiking / dog walking, using the Ahmanson Ranch House and Laskey Mesa trails. I say "limited," because this space is more of a mountain biker's haven. The paths are wide enough to accommodate the wide range of walkers, hikers, runners, dog walkers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers, but to really take advantage of its vastness, you need wheels.

For the most part, users abide by the rules of the trail (picking up after pets, allowing room for riders to pass, etc.) and are generally friendly. Locals are abound especially during the dawn and dusk hours, as there is an affluent community that hugs a portion of the trail. My personal rating for the trail is easy to moderate.

For photographers, the space is a little limiting. Due partly to the lack of rain in Southern California, fields are usually burnt and wildflowers are in short bloom. You may catch decent shots of hills or the San Fernando Valley from one of many overlooks, but this is really only worth it during the "magic hours." Wildlife is comprised of coyotes and birds, as far as I have come across personally.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Just did this hike today. Absolutely beautiful. Lots of gnats but other than that it was wonderful

hiking
Sunday, May 20, 2012

beautiful; too many ticks!! All over the dogs and us

mountain biking
Monday, April 30, 2012

nice trail I he been riden it from simi valley to calabasas, and backward. My friend and I ride 12 miles every week star point end of las virgenes rd.

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