Angel Vista Loop via Los Robles Trail
This is a loop hike starting in the western end of the Los Robles trail and goes to Angel Vista. The hike starts in Hope Nature Preserve but about two miles in goes though an easement in private property. There are signs on the trail confirming this and so staying on the trail is required. At the point of Angle Vista the hike enters Ventu Park Open space and the hike transitions to the Rosewood trail. The Rosewood trail ends at Lynn Road, make a right, the hike continues on Lynn Road where there isn't sidewalk but there is a curb and enough space to walk safely along side the road. Make a right at Heavenly Valley Road (or you can go a little longer on Lynn to Lynn Oaks Park) and a left at the tee intersection to continue to Lynn Oaks Park and onto Spring Canyon Trail.
Dogs are allowed, on a leash, on the trails. This is a popular mountain bike path especially the Los Robles trail part (a mountain bike organization has adopted maintenance on part of the trail, though the Open Space Conservancy, and added signage specifically for mountain bike riding) and a lot of the hike is on single track trails and riders will be coming down the trail with some speed. An indication of this is that at about 2.5 miles the trail crosses the road and there is a gate, before the gate there are three big signs in the down hill switchbacks warning of the impending gate. An indication of the blind curves and substantial speed.
There is a lot of vegetation and chaparral on both sides of the trail in many parts although shade is somewhat limited. The area can get quite hot and therefore bringing enough water is important. The trail is somewhat rocky (rocks causing an uneven pathway) and with the significant ascent/descent makes the hike somewhat strenuous and requires awareness.
At Angle Vista there is a picnic table and a good view in all directions. The trail allows views of a valley between the hills and the Santa Monica Mountains which is not usually visible.
This area is managed by the Conejo Open Space Conservancy Agency who provide a useful map http://conejo-openspace.org/assets/los_robles_trail_map-2pgs.pdf
The trail starts on the corner of Moorpark Road and Greenmeadow Avenue where there is a dirt parking lot and you can park for free. In the unlikely occurrence of a full parking lot you can park in the surrounding streets. There are no restroom or water facilities along this hike. However at the starting corner there is a bicycle repair station with what appears to have air and screwdrivers etc. There are several trail heads along the way and so you can start at various locations along the hike, see the link above for alternatives.There are many trails going in different directions especially at the beginning of the hike so a map will be helpful.
There are no facilities on the hike however the trail is close to various businesses and so options are available a short drive away. A lot of the hike is single track and there are more mountain bike riders than hikers. Also in violation of ares rules people tend to let their dogs off leash and their was a lot of evidence of people not cleaning up after their dogs. There are rattle snakes in the area. It is a somewhat strenuous ascent and the trail quality is a little bumpy in places.
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