Hillcrest Open Space Preserve
Back in Thousand Oaks this week at the Hillcrest Open Space Preserve which has just a couple of trails that form a loop. This park is right next to a bunch of houses and I was sure the trails would be crowded but only saw one person all day. I will remember these trails mostly for their sometimes comically steep hills.
That’s the tallest peak in the immediate area, straight ahead.
There are no switchbacks on this trail, just straight up and down along the ridge.
Photo 1 – From the peak, my path was visible, looking a bit like the Yellow Brick Road. Photo 2 – Looking back at the peak.
There are three short trails that cut across and connect the two main trails. Photo 2 – The second connector trail. There wasn’t much to see during the last quarter of the trail. It took me right past a few houses and under many power lines.
Beautiful rattlesnake bathing in the Sun.
I thought White Sage Trail was going to take me to the top again gently and gradually. But just as the end seemed near I was dropped back to the bottom again.
Grateful for a nice day of hiking.