Best Easy Day Hikes San Fernando Valley  by Deke Williams

Best Easy Day Hikes: San Fernando Valley Guide Book

by Deke Williams (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes San Fernando Valley  by Deke Williams
Best Easy Day Hikes San Fernando Valley includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for nineteen easy-to-follow hikes in and around the Valley in Southern California. Explore the diverse scenery and natural splendors—including the beautiful Caballero Canyon Trail and Topanga State Park, the world’s largest wild area within a major city.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: San Fernando Valley" Guide Book
Displaying trails 19 of 19.

Displaying trails 1 to 19 of 19.

Similar to Cheeseboro Canyon, the Anza Loop Trail offers a convenient way to access the rolling, grass-covered hills that lie between the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys. While the nearby freeway can be a bit noisy, the historic value of this trail more than makes up for the distraction. When combined with the tranquility of the Calabash Canyon Loop Trail, the two trails add up to one excellent hike.
Agoura, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.8
Beginning at the informative TreePeople facility in Coldwater Canyon Park, this pleasant loop explores a portion of the 128-acre Wilacre Park before meandering through the shaded suburbs of Studio City. From there, a dirt road traverses the opposite side of the canyon from Wilacre Park, completing the loop.
Studio City, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.8
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The Caballero Canyon Trail is a short canyon hike that follows a rocky streambed for about a mile before climbing up to the ridgeline of the Santa Monica Mountains. The trail ends at the famous ridge route known as Dirt Mulholland, which affords excellent views of the Valley as well as access to a great number of further hiking opportunities.
Tarzana, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.2
Once known as the Secret Trail, the Calabasas Cold Creek Trail has the feel of a remote backcountry path, while being only minutes from the Valley. The trail twists through scrub oak groves, chaparral, and sandstone towers, rising gradually until it ends at the Calabasas Peak Motorway. From there, less than a mile’s trek lands you atop the proud summit of Calabasas Peak.
Calabasas, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.2
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Located among the rolling hills that separate the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys, Cheseboro Canyon is an ideal place for day hiking. This pleasant hike takes you through pastoral meadows and shady oak groves to the head of the historic canyon. With several unique features and an abundance of trails, this is an area that you will want to visit again and again. Equally rich in history and natural beauty, Cheeseboro Canyon is a wonderful place to visit. For thousands of years the Native American Chumash people called this area home, and they established many of the trails still in use today. The land was later used extensively for cattle ranching, resulting in the barren hillsides that surround the lower part of the canyon. After the native plant population was decimated by the grazing cattle, ranchers planted nonnative wild oats, mustard, and thistle to better suit the needs of heavy grazing.
Agoura, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.2
Located within the hills of Griffith Park, this hike begins with a climb to the lovely Amir’s Garden and then follows several equestrian trails to make a pleasant loop. While the views will remind you that you are in an urban park, the hike is surprisingly tranquil, offering refuge from the city as well as a chance to explore the beauty of the garden.
Glendale, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 2.6
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Explore the otherworldly rock formations that adorn the hillsides below Rocky Peak with this engaging yet challenging hike. Gaining 1,000 feet of elevation in just over 2 miles, the difficulty is overshadowed by the geological wonders you will be eager to investigate along the way.
Santa Susana, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.6
Escape the crowds that flock to Malibu Creek State Park with this fun loop of lesser-known backcountry trails. The moderate trails featured here wind their way through shaded oak and redwood groves, and pass by the tranquil shores of Century Lake. Malibu Creek State Park is the premier outdoor getaway in the Santa Monica Mountains. Visitors from all over Southern California arrive daily to explore the idyllic valleys and meadows and to take in the numerous attractions offered by the park. First-time visitors are usually astonished to see such wilderness so close to the city, and even those who have been there many times can still discover something new within the park. With the availability of great hiking and equestrian trails, excellent mountain bike rides, and demanding rock-climbing routes, it is not hard to see why Malibu Creek State Park is so popular.
Agoura, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.1
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High atop the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, this secluded dirt road traverses the southern ridge above Pacoima Canyon. Along the way, you pass through oak and Douglas fir groves before arriving at Highline Saddle
San Fernando, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.2
In the coastal woodlands surrounding Topanga Canyon, networks of excellent hiking trails lead to unique natural features. This loop hike explores the grassy meadows and riparian canyons common to the area, finishing with a visit to the popular sandstone formation known as Eagle Rock.
Topanga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.5
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Take a stroll along citrus groves, grassy fields, and a riparian canyon in this tranquil park situated in Granada Hills. Finish with a respectable view of the San Fernando Valley, or continue with an optional 1.5 miles of demanding uphill trekking to the best view of the Valley in this book.
San Fernando, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.6
A true asset to residents of the San Fernando Valley, the Pierce College cross-country running trails border 240 acres of farmland, offering a convenient way to enjoy nature without leaving the city. Approximately 2 miles of publicly accessible dirt trails intertwine in the hills above the college, and options abound for customizing a hiking loop to your preference.
Calabasas, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2
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Explore the wild side of Porter Ranch with this loop of atypical trails. Ranging from dirt roads and broken pavement to surface streets, the length and occasional steepness of this hike are sure to challenge, while the surroundings never let you forget where you are. Suburban hiking at its finest!
San Fernando, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.1
Just over the Newhall Pass await these two spectacular canyon hikes. Physically right next to each other, the two routes share little in common aside from incredible scenery. The whole family can enjoy the fun hike up Rice Canyon, and those who want a further challenge can add the hike up East Canyon for a rewarding test of endurance.
Newhall, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.2
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Located atop the Simi Hills, the Sage Ranch Loop Trail offers a scenic tour of the sandstone rock formations typical of the area and provides excellent views of the San Fernando and Simi Valleys. The loop has minimal climbing, making this hike a perfect outing for the whole family. 32 Best Easy Day Hikes San Fernando Valley also drew the U.S. government to the area, for it was an ideal location to test nuclear reactors and rocket engines.
Calabasas, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.5
Beginning at the Stough Canyon Nature Center, this hike takes you on a scenic loop within the Verdugo Mountains. Though the trail begins steeply, the grade lessens throughout the ascent, making this trip suitable for most hikers. At the top of the climb, another trail descends the ridgeline back to the start, with incredible views along the way.
Burbank, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.7
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Stroll along year-round Cold Creek and explore Native American artifacts on this exceptional hike that the whole family will enjoy. Located in one of the most biologically diverse, yet accessible, watersheds in the Santa Monica Mountains, this hike will give you a better appreciation of the historical and natural features of the area.
Topanga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 2.4
A year-round waterfall is somewhat rare in the hills surrounding the Valley, especially one as large and accessible as Trail Canyon Falls. This pleasant hike up a stream-lined canyon to the majestic 50-foot waterfall serves as a great introduction to the hiking found within the Angeles National Forest.
Sunland, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3.2
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Enjoyable hiking over rolling, grass-covered hills awaits those who visit the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. Rich with history, the preserve signifies the victorious outcome of a hard-fought struggle against the land-development project known as Ahmanson Ranch. This hike is a loop composed of four different trails that combine to offer a great introduction to the area and is suitable for the whole family.
Calabasas, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.7
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