Las Virgenes View Trail
I was pleasantly surprised by this trail. I expected it to be crowded as it is near a major freeway, houses and apartment buildings, but I didn’t run into a single person all day. I was happy for the overcast conditions for the first half of the hike as it’s been quite hot lately. A total of just over six miles including the side trails I followed.
Las Virgenes is the road that runs parallel to the trail. In one spot I was just a few yards away. Gradually I drifted away from the road. Photo 2 looks back toward Malibu Creek State Park.
Photo 1 – Across the road, that’s Talapop Trail that runs along the ridge and Las Virgenes Fire Road that runs below. Photo 2 – After 1.4 miles the trail heads away from Las Virgenes. In some spots I couldn’t even hear the traffic.
Photo 2 – The trail does a quick loop around this hill but there is also a trail that makes a wider turn. I followed the latter trail first and then doubled back when I ran into a dead end. Photos 3 and 4 – From high elevation.
I came upon the ruins of a small structure. It looked like a single room cabin made out of cinder blocks with some decorative stone work on the outside. I’d like to think there is a very personal story behind the cane shown in photo 3. Let your imagination run free.
Nearby Ladyface Mountain makes another strong appearance.
From the highest peak I visited on this day.
About 10:30 a.m. the Sun and heat started to shine through.