Lang Ranch Loop

Another short hike this week, about 3.5 miles, as I recover from a minor injury.  Located in Thousand Oaks, the day was enjoyable but too hazy to get a good look at the surrounding area.

1     2   Photo 1 – Looking back down Lang Ranch Parkway, just under a mile from Westlake Boulevard.  The hike begins right off the road.  Photo 2 – This trail is right next to one of my previous hiking destinations, Oakbrook Regional Park and it’s Chumash village mock up.

3     4   Close to the beginning and just off the trail is a stone foundation.  I climbed up to investigate but there’s really not much more to see than what’s shown in photo 1.

5   Less than a half mile in the trail splits. I went left and uphill to begin the loop.

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This large wall of rock is the trail’s most visible landmark.

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9   Another good landmark, shown in photo 2, is a lone tree which stands atop a hill next to the trail.  If you want to explore it you can go straight up the hill, or continue on the road and gain access from the top.

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To the left I could see other trails in the area which I plan to explore soon.  There are also several interesting looking sandstone formations right off those trails.

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I came to another junction in the trail.  The wide dirt road continues to the left and connects with several other trails.  I went right on a more narrow trail.  The trail down is quite steep in places.

17     18     19   As I descended I was happy to run into a little shade on an otherwise exposed trail.

20This little guy was just sitting in the middle of the trail.  Don’t you want to roll him over and scratch his tummy?

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As I looped around I was taken to the foot of the rock face.  Nice day but I can’t wait to get back to some longer hikes.

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