Day Hikes Around Ventura County

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Day Hikes Around Ventura County covers 82 of the best hikes in this scenic coastal county just north of Los Angeles. The hikes span from the Pacific Coast to the mountainous interior and the Los Padres National Forest. This is a comprehensive guide that includes trails from national forests, state parks, wilderness area, undeveloped coastline, and green space within the metropolitan areas. No other hiking book concentrates exclusively on Ventura County.
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Overview

Day Hikes Around Ventura County covers 82 of the best hikes in this scenic coastal county just north of Los Angeles. The hikes span from the Pacific Coast to the mountainous interior and the Los Padres National Forest. This is a comprehensive guide that includes trails from national forests, state parks, wilderness area, undeveloped coastline, and green space within the metropolitan areas. No other hiking book concentrates exclusively on Ventura County.
A cross-section of scenery, geography, and difficulty levels is included to accommodate all ranges of hiking experience. Highlights include coastal estuaries and tidepools, long beaches backed by bluffs, expansive sand dunes, waterfalls, swimming holes, narrow gorges, rolling meadows, dramatic sandstone outcroppings, caves, ridge walks, historic sites, filming locations, and panoramic overlooks. . .everything from relaxing, scenic strolls to mountain-to coast hikes with expansive views. All hikes can be completed during the day and are within a half-hour¿s drive of Highway 101, the major access road.
Each hike includes a detailed map, accurate driving and hiking directions, and a quick overview of distance/time/elevation. Overall maps show the hike locations in the larger area. The summaries allow the hiker to choose a trail appropriate to their ability and desire. Map sources and references are included for extending the hikes.
Companion hiking guides, also in the Day Hike Books series, include Day
Hikes Around Los Angeles, Day Hikes Around Santa Barbara, Day Hikes In San Luis Obispo County, California and Day Hikes On the California Central Coast.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573420433
  • Publisher: Day Hike Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Series: Day Hike Series
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

For more than a decade, veteran hiker Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books. Robert resides summers in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and winters on the California Central Coast. This year-round temperate climate enables him to hike over 200 trails throughout the year. When not hiking, Robert is researching, writing, and mapping the hikes before returning to the trails. Robert has hiked every trail in the Day Hike Book series. With 20 hiking guides in the series, he has hiked over 1,000 trails throughout the western United States and Hawaii.

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Table of Contents

(each hike includes summary, driving directions, hiking directions, plus a map)

About the Hikes and Ventura County 6
Map of the Hikes 8

THE HIKES Summerland ¿ Carpinteria
1. Summerland Beach from Lookout Park 10
2. Loon Point 12
3. Salt Marsh Nature Park 14
4. Tarpits Park 16
5. Carpinteria Bluffs and Seal Sanctuary 18
6. Rincon Point and Rincon Beach Park 20

Ojai ¿ Santa Paula Map of Ojai and Santa Paula (Hikes 7¿25) 22
7. Potrero John Trail 24
8. Rose Valley Falls 26
9. Lion Canyon Trail to West Fork Lion Camp 28
10. Piedra Blanca Formations 30
11. Sespe River Trail 32
12. Stewart Canyon 34
13. Murietta Canyon 36
14. Matilija Creek 38
15. Matilija Camp Trail 40
16. Cozy Dell Trail 42
17. Shelf Road0 44
18. Stewart Canyon 46
19. Foothill Trail to Cozy Dell Canyon 48
20. Foothill Fire Road¿Gridley Fire Road¿Shelf Road Loop 50
21. Gridley Trail to Gridley Springs Camp 52
22. Horn Canyon Trail 54
23. Sulphur Mountain Road Recreation Trail 56
24. Sisar Canyon 58
25. Santa Paula Canyon 60

Ventura ¿ Oxnard ¿ Camarillo Map of Coastal Hikes and Santa Monica Mountains (Hikes 26¿50) 62
26. Ocean¿s Edge¿River¿s Edge Loop Emma Wood State Beach 64
27. San Buenaventura State Beach to the Ventura River Estuary 66
28. Santa Clara River Nature Trail: McGrath State Beach 68
29. Arroyo Verde Park 70
30. Port Hueneme Beach Park 72
31. Bubbling Springs Recreational Greenbelt 74
32. Mission Oaks Community Park Trail 76

Santa Monica Mountains:
Point Mugu State Park ¿ Circle X Ranch Leo Carrillo State Park ¿ Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa
33. Ranch Overlook¿Satwiwa Loop Trails Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa 78
34. Wendy¿Satwiwa Loop Trail Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa 80
35. Boney Mountain Trail to Sycamore Canyon Falls Point Mugu State Park 82
36. Big Sycamore Canyon Trail: Point Mugu State Park 84
37. Chumash¿Mugu Peak Loop: Point Mugu State Park 86
38. La Jolla Valley Loop from La Jolla Canyon Point Mugu State Park 88
39. Scenic and Overlook Trails Loop: Point Mugu State Park 90
40. Grotto Trail: Circle X Ranch 92
41. Canyon View¿Yerba Buena Road Loop: Circle X Ranch 94
42. Sandstone Peak Loop: Mishe Mokwa¿Backbone Trails Circle X Ranch 96
43. Lower Arroyo Sequit Trail and Sequit Point Leo Carrillo State Park 98
44. Nicholas Flat and Willow Creek Loop Leo Carrillo State Park 100
45. Nicholas Flat: Leo Carrillo State Park 102
46. Arroyo Sequit Park 104
47. Charmlee County Park 106
48. Upper Zuma Canyon to Newton Canyon Falls 108
49. Newton Canyon 110
50. Rocky Oaks Park 112

Thousand Oaks Map of Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills (Hikes 51¿72) 114
51. Los Robles Trail: Potrero Gate to Angel Vista 116
52. Los Robles Trail: Moorpark Gate to Angel Vista 118
53. Oak Creek Canyon 120
54. Los Padres¿Los Robles Loop 122
55. White Horse Canyon Trail: Los Robles Trail System 124
56. Triunfo Canyon Trail: Los Robles Trail System 126
57. Dawn¿s Peak 128
58. Conejo Valley Botanic Garden 130
59. Lynnmere¿Wildwood Canyon Loop (East Side)
Wildwood Park 132
60. Lynnmere¿Arroyo Conejo¿Wildwood Canyon Loop (West Side): Wildwood Park 134
61. Paradise Falls: Wildwood Park 136
62. Mesa¿Stagecoach Bluff Loop to Lizard Rock Wildwood Park 138
63. Santa Rosa¿Lower Butte Loop to Mountclef Ridge Wildwood Park 140
64. Hillcrest Open Space Preserve: North Ranch Open Space 142
65. Sandstone Hills Trail: North Ranch Open Space 144

Oak Park ¿ Agoura Hills
66. Oak Canyon Community Park 146
67. Medea Creek Park Trail 148
68. China Flat Trail: Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons 150
69. Palo Comado¿Cheeseboro Canyons Loop Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons 152
70. Cheeseboro Canyon to Shepherds¿ Flat Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons 154
71. Canyon View¿Cheeseboro Canyon Loop Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons 156
72. Cheeseboro Ridge¿Cheeseboro Canyon Loop 158

Fillmore ¿ Moorpark ¿ Simi Valley Map of Fillmore, Moorpark and Simi Valley (Hikes 73¿82) 160
73. Tar Creek 162
74. Happy Canyon Camp 164
75. Mount McCoy Trail 166
76. Chumash Trail: Rocky Peak Park 168
77. Hummingbird Trail: Rocky Peak Park 170
78. Rocky Peak Trail: Rocky Peak Park 172
79. Corriganville Park 174
80. Old Stagecoach Trail 176
81. Sage Ranch Trail 178
82. Orcutt Ranch Horticulture Center 180

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