Map Of Cheeseboro Canyon To Shepherds Flat

Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons

Hiking Distance: 8.6 Miles Round Trip Hiking Time: 4 Hours

Configuration: Out-And-Back With Small Loop Elevation Gain: 600 Feet Difficulty: Moderate To Strenuous

Exposure: A Mix Of Shaded Canyon And Open Hillsides Dogs: Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Calabasas N.P.S. Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons

Cheeseboro Canyon Is A Lush Stream-Fed Canyon With Large Valley Oaks, Gnarled Coast Live Oaks, And Sycamores In The Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons Site. The Hike Follows An Old Abandoned Ranch Road On A Gentle Grade Up The Forested Canyon Bottom, From The South End Of The Park To The North. The Trail Passes Fragrant Sulphur Springs As You Pass Beneath The Baleen Wall, A Vertical Rock Formation On The East Canyon Wall. At The Upper Reaches Of The Canyon Is Shepherds’ Flat, A Grassland Flat And A Sheep Corral.

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To The Trailhead

From Ventura Freeway/Highway 101 In Agoura Hills, Exit On Chesebro Road. Continue One Block Straight Ahead, Past The Stop Sign, To Palo Comado Canyon Road And Turn Left. Drive 0.3 Miles To Chesebro Road Again And Turn Right. Continue 0.7 Miles To Cheeseboro Canyon Road And Turn Right. The Trailhead Parking Lot Is 0.2 Miles Ahead.

The Hike

Take The Service Road East Toward Cheeseboro Canyon To A Road Split. Bear Left On The Cheeseboro Canyon Trail, Heading Into The Canyon Past The Modelo Trail And The Canyon View Trail. At 1.3 Miles Is A Junction With The Cheeseboro Ridge Connector Trail (Also Known As The Baleen Wall Trail). Take The Left Fork Towards Sulphur Springs To Another Junction With The Modelo Trail On The Left. Proceed A Short Distance On The Main Trail To A Junction. Take The Left Branch. As You Near Sulphur Springs, The White, Jagged Cliffs Of The Baleen Wall Can Be Seen Towering On The Cliffs To The East. At 3.5 Miles, The Canyon And Trail Both Narrow As The Smell Of Sulphur Becomes Stronger. At The Head Of The Canyon Is A Three-Way Junction At Shepherds’ Flat, The Turn-Around Point.

To Return, Retrace Your Steps Back On The Cheeseboro Canyon Trail To The Modelo Trail Junction. Take The Modelo Trail Along The Western Ridge Of The Canyon Back To The Trailhead. I

Canyon View-Cheeseboro Canyon Loop

Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons

Hiking Distance: 4-Mile Loop

Hiking Time: 2 Hours

Configuration: Loop

Elevation Gain: 500 Feet

Difficulty: Easy To Slightly Moderate

Exposure: A Mix Of Shaded Canyon And Open Hillsides

Dogs: Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Calabasas N.P.S. Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons

This Loop Trail Is Located In The Lower End Of The Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons Site. The Hike Begins On The Canyon View Trail, Climbing The East Wall Of Cheeseboro Canyon To A Knoll Overlooking Cheeseboro Canyon And The Lost Hills Landfill. The Cheeseboro Canyon Trail Is An Abandoned Ranch Road That Passes Through Groves Of 200-Year-Old Valley Oaks, Largest Of The California Oaks. The Hike Follows The Ridge Separating Cheeseboro Canyon From Las Virgenes Canyon Through Native Chaparral And Coastal Sage Scrub Communities. It Then Drops Back Down To The Shaded Valley Oak Savannahs, Live Oak Woodlands, And Picnic Areas On The Canyon Floor. For A Longer Loop, The Hike Can Be Continued Along The Ridge To Shepherds’ Flat Hike 140.

Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons

From The Ventura Free Way/Highway 101 In Agoura Hills, Exit On Chesebro Road. Continue One Block Straight Ahead, Past The Stop Sign, To Palo Comado Canyon Road And Turn Left. Drive 0.3 Miles To Chesebro Road Again And Turn Right. Continue 0.7 Miles To Cheeseboro Canyon Road And Turn Right. The Trailhead Parking Lot Is 0.2 Miles Ahead.

The Hike

Take The Well-Marked Cheeseboro Canyon Trail, And Hike Through The Rolling Hills Filled With Groves Of Stately Oaks. Pass The Modelo Trail On The Left To A Posted Junction With The Canyon View Trail At A Half Mile. Bear Right, Leaving The Canyon Floor, And Climb The Grassy Canyon Hillside. At 0.9 Miles, The Canyon View Trail Ends At A T-Junction And A Trail Gate On Cheeseboro Ridge. Pass Through The Gate. The Right Fork Leads 0.3 Miles To An Overlook Of The Canyon. Bear Left (North) On The Cheeseboro Ridge Trail. Follow The Ridge Uphill To A Y-Fork, Enjoying The Great Canyon Views. Stay Left On The Undulating Ridge, Passing Power Poles. Slowly Descend To The Las Virgenes Connector Trail On The Right. Stay Left 120 Yards To The Cheeseboro Canyon Connector Trail On The Left. The Cheeseboro Ridge Trail Hike 140 Continues Straight Ahead Along The Ridge To Shepherds’ Flat. Bear Left And Descend 0.7 Miles Down The Grassy, Sage-Covered Hillside To The Canyon Floor And A Picnic Area. Bear Left On The Cheeseboro Canyon Trail, An Old Ranch Road, And Stroll Through The Oak Groves, Completing The Loop At The Canyon View Trail Junction. Return Down Canyon To The Trailhead. I

Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons

Hiking Distance: 10-Mile Loop Hiking Time: 5 Hours Configuration: Loop Elevation Gain: 900 Feet Difficulty: Strenuous

Exposure: A Mix Of Shaded Canyon And Open Hillsides Dogs: Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Calabasas N.P.S. Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons

This Long, Canyon-To-Ridge Loop Explores A Large Tract Of The Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons Site In The Simi Hills Above Agoura. The Route Travels Through A Variety Of Ecosystems, From Oak Savannahs To Open Chapparal Slopes. The Hike Leads To The Upper Canyons Along The Cheeseboro Ridge Trail, Following The Ridge Between Cheeseboro Canyon And Las Virgenes Canyon. From The Ridge Are Bird’S-Eye Views Into Both Canyons As Well As Expansive Vistas Across The Santa Monica Mountains And The San Fernando Valley. The Return Trail Leads Back Through Cheeseboro Canyon, Following A Stream Along The Drainage. The Trail Passes By The Baleen Wall, White Jagged Cliffs That Reach Upwards To Cheeseboro Ridge. The Trail Then Drops Into Shaded Oak Groves Before Completing The Loop.

To The Trailhead

From The Ventura Free Way/Highway 101 In Agoura Hills, Exit On Chesebro Road. Continue One Block Straight Ahead, Past The Stop Sign, To Palo Comado Canyon Road And Turn Left. Drive 0.3 Miles To Chesebro Road Again And Turn Right. Continue 0.7 Miles To Cheeseboro Canyon Road And Turn Right. The Trailhead Parking Lot Is 0.2 Miles Ahead.

Cheeseboro Canyon Road Palo Comado Canyon Road

Take The Well-Marked Cheeseboro Canyon Trail, And Hike Through The Rolling Hills Filled With Groves Of Stately Oaks. Pass The Modelo Trail On The Left To A Posted Junction With The Canyon View Trail At A Half Mile. Bear Right, Leaving The Canyon Floor, And Climb The Grassy Canyon Hillside. At 0.9 Miles, The Canyon View Trail Ends At A T-Junction And A Trail Gate On Cheeseboro Ridge. Pass Through The Gate. The Right Fork Leads 0.3 Miles To An Overlook Of The Canyon. Bear Left (North) On The Cheeseboro Ridge Trail. Follow The Ridge Uphill To A Y-Fork, Enjoying The Great Canyon Views. Stay Left On The Undulating Ridge, Passing Power Poles. Slowly Descend To The Las Virgenes Connector Trail On The Right. Stay Left 120 Yards To The Cheeseboro Canyon Connector Trail On The Left.

Stay To The Right (North) On The Old Ranch Road To Begin The Upper End Of The Loop. Wind Up The Ridge And Skirt Around The Right Side Of A Water Tank. Gradually Descend To The Canyon Floor And A Trail Split. Curve Left And Head West Along The Base Of The Mountain To A Signed Junction At Shepherds’ Flat. The Sheep Corral Trail Continues Straight Ahead To China Flat (Hike 136) And Palo Comado Canyon (Hike 137). Bear Left On The Cheeseboro Canyon Trail (Also Called Sulphur Springs Trail), And Follow The Canyon Floor Steadily Downhill. At Sulphur Springs, Easily Identified By Its Smell, Walk Beneath The White Sedimentary Cliffs Of The Baleen Wall On The East Canyon Wall.

Continue Down Canyon Through Oak Groves And Past Shaded Picnic Areas. Pass The Ranch Center Connector Trail And The Palo Comado Connector Trail On The Right, Completing The Loop At The Canyon View Trail Junction. Return Down Canyon To The Trailhead.

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