Wildwood Park

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.

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Charmlee Wilderness Park

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.

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Rocky Peak Park

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.

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