Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve
A hike typical of the Agoura Hills/Calabsas area – lots of grassy rolling hills dotted with oaks. The route I followed was full of trail changes but there were very few trail markers that had actual names. I was lucky that I guessed right on each trail change despite incorrect advice from everyone I asked. Good day.
All of this property was once known as Ahmanson Ranch and was the site of a contentious battle between developers and local residents. Eventually the property was sold to the state. In one corner of the property sits Ahmanson Ranch House. It’s nothing spectacular, just an old ranch house, barn and a couple of other buildings. The structure in photo 1 looks like a storage shed, but what’s with the elevated roof? Could be the world’s most dangerous dance floor.
The trail soon began to run parallel to East Las Virgenes Road, a single lane dirt road. The trail ends and empties out on East Las Virgenes Road. I went left on to Las Virgenes Road to start a semi-loop that would spit me out on East Las Virgenes Road about 0.7 miles up to the right.
Photo 1 – The hollow section at the base of this tree was big enough to hide inside. Photo 2 – I knew I had to turn right somewhere along Las Virgenes Road. This is where you want to do it, right before fenced off area that sits on top of this hill. Go right for 0.5 miles and take another right. Again, there aren’t any signs. A good map is helpful. Photo 3 – Formerly Futuristic
At the bottom of this hill is a T-intersection. Again turn right and the trail will take you down to East Las Virgenes Road.
I took a trail to the right off of East Las Virgenes Road that led to a trail called Laskey Mesa Trail. This would connect to Mary Wiesbrock Trail which would take me back near the ranch house. Again, there are a lot of options but very little direction in the form of trail signs. I continued on to the road that leads to the ranch house. I passed this trail sign earlier in the day. Finally I knew exactly where I was. I backtracked and made a sharp right on Mary Weisbrock Trail. Basically, this trail circumvents the ranch house.
The Met Life blimp passes above.
Lovely day of hiking.