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Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Trail [CLOSED]

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Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve

Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Trail is a 9.9 mile heavily 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

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This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. 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
muddy
2 months ago

I would rate this trail difficulty as being a solid 4, soft 5. The scenery is one of the best parts about this trail and the rolling hills are just gorgeous. It was really muddy with some creek crossings but that’s to be expected as it just rained. A huge plus is that the trails are very well maintained. Only one small issue I had with this trail is the routes are not clearly marked so it made it a tad difficult to stick to the prescribed route; there were many alternate side trails that looked like they were part of the main trail. Other than that it was a very relaxing hike. Overall this was a great trail! Solid rating of B+

hiking
2 months ago

Good beginner mtb trail. Very easy hike with a lot of options to extend or shorten. Relatively quiet and scenic for an LA area hike.

running
5 months ago

Pretty good trail. Little washed out in some parts.

hiking
7 months ago

There is definitely a large area of trails to hike here. This hike was rated moderate but it was more on the easy side to me. It was really overgrown with the rains from last year and everything was dry. However when the rains hit this year this place is gonna be beautiful. I will definitely be back.

hiking
8 months ago

Don’t come on this trail alone or without bear spray. The last two times I’ve gone on a jog in the afternoon. I’ve seen large coyotes, upon noticing me they dart into the brush, only to hear myself being followed on my way back to the car. They are coming closer to the trails as the forage has grown over seven feet tall. Local residents feed them, which causes them to adjust to us as a weak species, not as intimidating The trail itself is beautiful but not well maintained, it’s as wild as you’ll find in LA. The beauty of the destruction of the fire is still about and after heavy rains a small creek develops. Be careful.

hiking
9 months ago

I started this trail around 6:30 am on a Saturday and went left to right. Had a great stroll with my pup mostly alone for the first half and then started seeing people after about an hour or so. Really easy to follow the map and really nice volunteers, lots of bikers. Was able to keep my dog off leash the whole time but he is well trained and stayed right by my side, the main concern is the bikers and potential snakes in the area, but the volunteers won’t have a problem with off leash as long as they are well behaved! Not a lot of shade so I would bring sunscreen, etc. Loved the hike, will definitely go again!

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

The trail was not well marked. We ended up doing a 4.8 loop. No shade but we expected that. If you go during summer, bring plenty of water for you and your four legged friends.

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

Hills were still green and there are literally thousands of butterflies flying around the yellow mustard plants. The trail is not marked so it was very difficult to navigate the 9.9 miles. Many of the trails are extremely narrow because the plants have grown so tall and obstruct the actual trail. Lots of people didn’t bother to pick up their dog poop.

Beautiful rolling hills are starting to bloom with wild flowers. A peaceful hike with moderate inclines throughout. There are some areas that have running water so you have to jump around to stay on the trail if you want to avoid mud.

hiking
Mon Feb 18 2019

This trail is so pretty! Of course I went right after all the rain we just had. Everything was GREEN. Clean trails, no bugs, easy and clear guidance even though it was affected by the fire last year. There is very limited shade, so make sure to use sunscreen or a hat if you come during warm weather. The hike is long, but can be broken down into 2 separate loops. Good for all skill set, easy to run as well. Steady incline, but nothing too crazy. And my dog loved it as well!

hiking
Sat Dec 29 2018

So sad that this beautiful place was ravaged by wildfire, but it is still beautiful and interesting. We saw lots of birds of prey and a coyote. We hiked just the loop with 5 kids ages 8-16, and they did great! Only one slightly steep section, the rest was a lovely meander. Bright green new growth makes one section look like Hobbiton. The rest is a bit Desolation of Smaug...

hiking
Sun Apr 29 2018

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

mountain biking
Mon Apr 09 2018

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

hiking
Wed Dec 27 2017

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

Tue Sep 19 2017

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
Sun 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
Tue Mar 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.

Fri Dec 09 2016

steady

hiking
Sun Jul 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
Sun Nov 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
Fri Oct 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
Fri Mar 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.

Thu Mar 12 2015

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

hiking
Sun May 20 2012

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

mountain biking
Mon Apr 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.

hiking
12 days ago

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