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Wildwood Park / Paradise Falls

Ranking :
County : Ventura
City : Thousand Oaks
Terrain : Canyon
Difficulty : Average
Camping : No
Fishing : No
Historic : Yes
Length : 3.25 miles
MountainRange : Unknown
TrailType : Loop
Access : Dogs Allowed, Family Friendly
Water : Creek, Waterfall
Exposure : Trees and Shady Areas - A fair amount
Description :
If you live in the vicinity of Thousand Oaks then you've got to check this hike out. This one has it all, family friendly, dog friendly, well maintained trails, a waterfall and creek, rock formations, caves, and some really fantastic scenery. The highlight of this hike is the Paradise Falls that exists within the equally impressive Arroyo Conejo gorge. There is also a wide range of plant and animal life in the park. In the spring time, this place just explodes with wild flowers. There's a significant population of mule deer in the park with regular sightings of bobcat and coyote. Mountain lions have been spotted here, so be extra careful when hiking in the latter part of the evening and early in the morning. There were numerous Hollywood movies were filmed here, including "Spartacus" and "Wuthering Heights," as well as TV series including "Wagon Train," "The Rifleman," and "Gunsmoke." In 1967 the Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD) acquired Wildwood Canyon and Mount Clef Ridge from the Janss Corporation. The park now falls under the jurisdiction of the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA) which has regular activities, day camps,etc.

Directions :
Getting there: From the 101, get off at Lynn Road head north for approximately 2.5 miles. Make a left on Avenida De Los Arobles and head was for one mile. The entrance will be on the left.
From the 118, head west to the 23 south. Get off at Olsen Road and make a right. Continue on Olsen for approximately 3 miles. Make a right on Avenida De Los Arobles and head west for one mile. The entrance will be on the left.
Once at the park you'll find the entrance to Moonridge trail on your left.