As part of my new routine, one week in the Santa Monica Mountains and one week elsewhere, I found my way to Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks. Rain was forecast but never materialized. Foot traffic was heavier than what I am used to and prefer. I did speak to a few friendly and helpful people, however. Hiking here is different than in the Santa Monica Mountains, although geographically speaking it’s very close, but that was the point. Enjoyable day.
This 400-plus acre park has many short trails laid out in a kind of grid pattern. Most of the hiking I did was done through grassy meadows and there are numerous small and interesting spots along the way. It was not crowded but, because there isn’t a lot of cover on the trails that loop around the outside of the park, it didn’t really feel all that secluded either. Still, a good hike.
For the last six months I have been hiking all across the Santa Monica Mountains so I decided to change things up a bit. I drove out to Simi Valley to give the Santa Susana Mountains a try. For some reason I was expecting disappointment but was met with something quite different and often astounding. I hiked two trails, Hummingbird Creek Trail and Rocky Peak Trail to the junction with Johnson Motorway. You can call this the hike of a billion rocks as the landscape is loaded with boulders, slabs and caves. Yes, it was a bit crowded and near a major freeway but the scenery more than made up for it. This hike has given me the inspiration to venture out and explore other mountain ranges.
This hike was great fun, loaded with spectacular mountain views, massive sandstone boulders and caves. I liked how the route is broken up into manageable chunks of 3/4 of a mile. A memorable day.