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 park has a kind of urban feel to it, kind of over-processed, if you will. Stairs have been built to help hikers up and down and flat, man-made rocks bridge the stream.
Photo 1 –Photo 2 – Inside the cave.
Looking out the mouth of the Indian Cave.
Nearing Paradise Falls. A hiker drowned here a couple of years ago. With the fence I kind of felt like I was in line for the Matterhorn.
Photo 1 – The top of Paradise Falls, one of the park’s big attractions. A trail leads down to the base.
The hike up took me to this “teepee” structure, made of wood. Concrete seating has been built in around the edges.
Now on Stagecoach Bluff, a look at the mountains across the meadow.
The same mountain, on zoom.
Stagecoach Bluff Trail leads up to Lizard Rock, which is right in the middle of photo 1.
Photo 1 – I approach Lizard Rock. Photo 2 –
The trail circles around the hill and took me to the top of the rock as well.
I could now see what’s on the other side of the mountain. This is the turn-off of the unmaintained portion Lizard Rock Trail, which took me down to Box Canyon. There is a wooden post but no sign.
The Endless Skyway