Ladyface Mountain

Ladyface Mountain is a prominent peak that looms over my hometown of Agoura Hills. It's massive presence becomes part of the fabric of life in Agoura, but, much to my shock, this was the first time I've tried to climb it in spite of 20 years of living there.Distance: 2Elevation Gained: 1,150Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 2:00Critters: NoneGet …

Calabasas Peak

Calabasas Peak is a notable peak in the Santa Monica Mountains. It towers over the city of Calabasas and is a part of the Saddle Peak formation. The trail to the peak also connects to Red Rock Canyon, which I will certainly hike sometime.Distance: 3.6Elevation Gained: 1,000'Difficulty: ModerateTime: 1:45Critters: NoneGet there like this.Details:Part two of …

Paramount Ranch

Paramount Ranch is most famous for being the site of numerous film productions from the 30's up until recent years. Located within this modest protected habitat is an old "western town" set, most recently used for Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Beyond the buildings, the ranch features acres of rolling hills, towering valley oaks, and wide-open …

La Jolla Valley

La Jolla Valley lies tucked into the westernmost end of the Santa Monica Mountains in Point Mugu State Park. This rare valley features wide open grasslands that somehow escaped development and now remain protected. The La Jolla Valley Loop Trail also features great ocean views, as well as views of Boney Mountain.Distance: 7 MilesElevation Gained: …

Boney Mountain

Big Sycamore Canyon Fire Road - Serrano Canyon Trail - Serrano Valley Trail - Backbone Trail - Chamberlain Trail - Old Boney TrailDistance: 22 milesElevation gained: 3,100'Difficulty: MasochisticTime: 8:25, including 30 minutes worth of breaks Critters: Feral parrots, hawks, two deerPros:- Experiences every ecosystem in the Santa Monicas, excluding valley oak woodlands.- Expansive views of …

Cheeseboro Canyon

Modelo Trail - Palo Comado Connector Trail - Shepherd's Flat Trail - Albertson Fire Road - Cheeseboro Canyon TrailDistance: 13.2 milesElevation Gain: 1200'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 4:45Critters: A roadrunner, a crow that hovered over my shoulder, squirrels, rabbits,Pros:- Long stretches of oak woodland- A nice transition from rolling green hills and oak woodland to sun-drenched chaparral …

Point Mugu State Park, Pt. 2 – Old Boney Trail

Satwiwa Loop Trail - Danielson Fire Road - Old Boney Trail - Blue Canyon Trail - Sycamore Canyon Trail - Upper Sycamore Canyon TrailDistance: 11.7 MilesElevation gain: 2,000'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 4 hours, 37 minutesCritters: an injured coyote, a healthy coyote, feral parrots, squirrels, rabbits, quailHow to Get There: Take 101 north (or south, depending on …