Monday, February 18, 2013

12 hikes :: february :: upper los virgenes open space preserve

it is a beautiful presidents' day weekend. d had to work today - but the girls and i were off, and so were our neighbors, so we decided we better head out for a hike. we've been so under the weather, i knew the fresh air and sun on our faces would do us a world of good.

located on 3000 acres in the simi hills, this beautiful open space preserve was originally part of the ahmanson ranch. a decade or so ago, after much discussion, it was sold to the santa monica mountains conservancy for its importance as an ecoloogical link and wildlife corridor between the santa monica mountains and those to the north. we are so lucky to have it. it is spectacular. rolling hills studded with valley oaks and sycamore lined canyon bottoms. you really do feel like you are miles and miles away.

12 hikes

12 hikes

12 hikes

Upper Los Virgenes Open Space Preserve (formerly Ahmanson Ranch)
western end of Victory Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91307
Neighborhood: West Hills / Calabasas

Proximity: 6 miles from our home
Hike length: various trails : we did a perfect 2.3 mile loop
Bonus features: beautiful old oaks close enough to hug and though we didn't find them, there are supposed to be caves to explore (next time). the creek was (surprisingly) dry. vistas that conjured up what settlers must have seen when they arrived in socal. dog friendly (on leash of course).
Tips: we parked on Victory and hiked up to the trailhead so we wouldn't have to pay for parking ($3). it was warmer than i thought (though only around 70 the sun was intense and there isn't much shade at all.) i was glad we wore layers, brought lots of water and a healthy snack. we were there around 1 1/2 hours.

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E: 7. It was ok. I like it better when there is a river nearby to explore. It was fun though.

K: 8. I liked that our friends joined us. I liked that we did our own thing. We went our own way down the hill and then met you.


petite gourmand said...

wow looks beautiful!
next time we are in L.A. will have to go for a hike.
hope everyone is on the mend and feeling better.

this single spark said...

your girls seem a bit more enthusiastic about the cookies than the hikes. :]

Tracy said...

there are so many great hiking spots around l.a. we are so lucky
c - yes!!! tho with these last few cookies to close out 52 its like pulling teeth. they are done with the review business i think... xo