Trails of

Dos Vientos, Dos Vientos North and Newbury Park


Looking south towards Old Boney and Rancho Potrero from the trails in Dos Vientos

Overview

Dos Vientos is a newer community with construction starting in the late 1990's. In the early years of the first decade of the 21st century, new trails began to appear. Those trails are mapped here.

For the most part, singletracks are newly constructed to modern multiuse standards. The tread is firm, smooth and wide. The trails are not overgrown. However, they are hilly in sections. Typically there's a bit of a climb from the trailhead to the major part of the trail that mostly follows the contour, then a descent at the end to get back to the street level.

There is somewhat of a maze of Edison and connecting dirt roads on the west side of Dos Vientos. Like the singletracks, the tread is firm and fairly smooth, and also they're somewhat hilly.

A note on trail names: When I first put together these maps, none of the Dos Vientos trails had official names. In May of 2011, COSCA adopted official names for these trails, many of which were different from the names I originally ascribed to them. In the spring of 2012, I updated the maps and details to reflect the new names. I have listed the old names as "AKA" (also known as) for those people who are familiar with the old names.


Map Key

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Overview map of Dos Vientos, Dos Vientos North (north of Borchard Rd) and Newbury Park

Trails of Dos Vientos

Trailheads

As you can see from the number of yellow spots on the maps above, there are many many trail access points:

a - On the west side of Wendy Drive, between Peppermint and Felton Streets. There is a parking area here. Map and directions.
b - Peppermint Street. Map and directions.
c - Highview Street. Map and directions.
d - Bear Creek Drive. Map and directions.
e - On the west side of Reino Rd, mid way between Maurice Drive and Paseo De Leon. There is a large parking area here. Map and directions.
e2 - Mountain Creek Drive, half way between Gentle Creek Circle and Rabbit Creek Lane.
Map and directions.
f - At the west end of Kimber Drive. There is lots of parking on the street here. Map and directions.
g - At the east end of Via Laguna. Map and directions.
h - The west side of Via Las Brisas at Lynn Rd. There is no parking hereMap and directions.
i - Both sides of Via Las Brisas, near Paseo Santa Rosa. There is parking on a nearby side street. Map and directions.
j - Off the cul-de-sac at the east end of Camino De Las Estrellas. Map and directions.
k - At the Del Prado Playfields on Calle Del Prado. There is lots of parking  here. Map and directions.
l - The west side of Via Las Brisas across from Calle Del Prado. There is no parking on Via Las Brisas. Map and directions.
m - Off the cul-de-sac at the south-east end of Via La Jolla. Map and directions.
n - Off the cul-de-sac at the north end of Via Vista. Map and directions.
o - On both sides of Via Del Rancho, just east of the gate where the road becomes Via Cerro. Map and directions.
p - Off the cul-de-sac at the south end of Via Gregorio. There are stairs that lead to the trail. Map and directions.
q - Off the cul-de-sac at the west end of Via Camino. Map and directions.
r - On the south side of Rancho Dos Vientos Drive, just east of Via Rincon. There is no parking on Rancho Dos Vientos. Map and directions.
r - On the east side of Via Rincon, just north of Rancho Dos Vientos Drive. Map and directions.
s - At the Sycamore Neighborhood Park on the north-west side of Via Mirabella, between Via Rio and Via Laguna. There are a few parking spaces here. The trail starts as a dirt path through the park. Map and directions.
t - On both sides of Via Ricardo, between via Pisa and the gated Via Sandra. Map and directions.
u - On the west side of Via Ricardo, just north of Via Rincon. Map and directions.
v - On the south side of the circle in front of the gated Via Mira Flores community, next to Via Ricardo. Map and directions.
w - On the west side of Rancho Dos Vientos at Via Ricardo. There is no parking on Rancho Dos Vientos. Map and directions.
x - On the west side of Rancho Dos Vientos Drive at Via Bonita. There is no parking on Rancho Dos Vientos. Map and directions.
y - On both sides of Rancho Dos Vientos Drive, on both sides of and across the street from the gated Via El Cerro (three trails start here). There is no parking on Rancho Dos Vientos. Map and directions.
z - Off the cul-de-sac at the east end of Via Santana. Map and directions.
aa - There is lots of parking at the Dos Vientos Community Park at the intersection of Borchard Rd and Via Ricardo. The dirt path along the north side of Borchard Rd also starts at Via Ricardo. Map and directions.
bb - On the north side of Borchard Rd, at the bottom of the steep hill, just west of Los Vientos Drive where there is a traffic light. There is no parking on Borchard Rd. Access to the trail is down a short but steep bank. Map and directions.
cc - On Los Vientos Drive, across the street from Loreto Circle. There is a "Private Property No Trespassing" sign on the cable fence that separates the trail from the street. Map and directions.
dd - On the south side of Calle Alta Vis, across the street from Calle Las Collinas. Map and directions.
ee - On the west side of El Gallardo next to a parking area for visitors. You need to scramble through the ice plants to get to the trail. Map and directions.
 

Trails

There are many short trails in this area, and that makes them difficult to document. In general, elevation profiles will only be provided for trails (or sets of trails) that are over a mile long. Note: As of February 2008, the development of these trails has not been completed. As a result, you may find some differences in the trails and trailhead locations from what's indicated on these maps.

[1] Sierra Vista Trail (AKA Ridgeline Trail)

Description: This trail starts where Via Las Brisas meets Lynn Rd. It runs parallel to Via Las Brisas for a hundred yards or so, then turns west and gets steeper. At the top it joins the paved road to the water tank, then picks up again on the right as a ridgeline fireroad for 600 yards before reverting to a singletrack where it meets Sumac Trail. It ends at Rancho Dos Vientos Drive, across the street from the Vista Del Mar Trail. The east section is new singletrack but the west section is somewhat wider, probably an old ranch road. This trail provides good views of the Rancho Potrero area just south of Potrero Rd.

The photo at right shows the steepest section near the east end, with Rancho Potrero and Pt Mugu State Park (Sycamore Canyon) in the background.

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Technical Rating T2

 Length (miles)

 1.5

Climb (feet)

 360 (from east to west)

Descent (feet)

 180

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[2] Sumac Trail (AKA Pool View Trail)

Description: This trail starts at the east end at Via Las Brisas across the street from the Potrero Ridge Trail. A large part of it runs parallel to the sprinkler system that waters the hillside above a row of back yards. Then it climbs for about 100 yards on the paved water tank road before resuming a dirt singletrack on the right. It ends at the Sierra Vista Trail in the west. About the middle, it connects to the Cottontail Trail, and near the east end, there is a short singletrack that connects this trail to the Sierra Vista Trail.

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Technical Rating T2

 Length (miles)

 1.2

Climb (feet)

 300 (from east to west)

Descent (feet)

 130

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[3] El Cerro Trail (AKA Mid Dos Vientos Trail)

Description: This trail starts at the east end at the end of Via La Jolla with a moderately steep climb for a quarter mile, then mostly rolls up and down along the contour of a ridge, overlooking the houses of Dos Vientos to the north. There are many connection to other trails, to the Las Brisas Trail in several places (for about 130 yards, one path is shared by these two trails), and two shorter trails that lead north and down to the street. The trail exits onto Rancho Dos Vientos Dr, very close to the Sierra Vista Trail and across the street from the Vista Del Mar Trail.

This trail is really fun for mountain bikers because it's generally not very steep.

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Technical Rating T2

 Length (miles)

 1.8

Climb (feet)

 680 (going east to west)

Descent (feet)

 470

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[4] Via Gregorio Trail

Description: This very short trail, only 550 feet long, starts at the top of Via Gregorio with a short stairway. The trail is slightly steeper and rockier than most Dos Vientos trails, but the short length makes it an easy push for novice bikers to the El Cerro Trail.

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Technical Rating T2.5

 Length (miles)

 0.1

Climb (feet)

 0 (going north, from the El Cerro Trail to Via Gregorio)

Descent (feet)

 90

The trail profile is above with the El Cerro Trail profile

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[5] El Rincon Trail (AKA Via Camino Trail)

Description: This trail begins at the south-east corner of Rancho Dos Vientos Dr and Via Rincon and ends 0.4 miles later at the El Cerro Trail. The first 500' is relatively level, where a short spur leads to a trailhead at the west end of Via Camino. Then it become very steep (see photo to right) and has a few switchbacks to negotiate. As it climbs higher, it becomes a little less steep. This trail is probably too steep for novice mountain bikers, no matter how strong.

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Technical Rating T2

 Length (miles)

 0.4

Climb (feet)

 0 (going north, from the El Cerro Trail to Rancho Dos Vientos Dr)

Descent (feet)

 190

The trail profile is above with the El Cerro Trail profile

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[6] Cottontail Trail (AKA Via Vis Trail)

Description: This short trail connects the Sumac Trail in the south with Las Brisas Trail in the north, crossing Via Del Rancho along the way.

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Technical Rating T2

 Length (miles)

 0.25

Climb (feet)

 40 (South to north)

Descent (feet)

 25

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 [7] Las Brisas Trail (AKA Mid Vientos Fireroad)

Description: This trail runs generally parallel to El Cerro, but on the south side of the ridge. It has several connections with El Cerro, including at the west end where it terminates, and about the middle where these trails share the same path for about 130 yards. At the east, it starts at Via Las Brisas and climbs very steeply before it levels out. Most people start on this trail at Via Las Brisas and take the first connector over to El Cerro and avoid the steepest part. The core of Las Brisas is an old ranch road that makes up a third of the length, near the west end. The rest is singletrack.

Other than connections to Cottontail Trail (to get to Sumac Trail), use of this trail has mostly been superceded by the newer and less steep El Cerro Trail.

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Technical Rating T2.5

 Length (miles)

 0.95

Climb (feet)

 330 (east to west)

Descent (feet)

 90

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[8] Vista Del Mar Trail (AKA South Edison Rd)

Description: This mostly dirt road defines the western-most edge of the Dos Vientos, skirting the steep banks that drop down into Camarillo. Many places have great views into Long Grade Canyon (though which runs Potrero Rd) and down to Camarillo. About the middle, at the western extremety, are two ponds that are fenced off from the road. Near the north-west corner, the trail forks and continues to the left, climbing slightly. (The right fork crosses private property and is not open to the public). 400 feet past this fork, the trail continues as a singletrack to the right that bypasses the private property, rejoining the dirt road about 0.25 miles before the end at Via Recardo.

The photo at right shows one of the ponds by the trail.

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Technical Rating T2.5

 Length (miles)

 2.4

Climb (feet)

 340 (south to north)

Descent (feet)

 510

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[8a] Las Posas Trail

Description: This short dirt road of 0.3 miles forks off from Vista Del Mar near the western edge, just south of the ponds, and runs between the two ponds to rejoin the Vista Del Mar Trail.

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Technical Rating T1.5

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[9] Prickly Pear Trail (AKA Wallen Creek View Loop)

Description: This trail forms a "lollypop loop" if you start at the trailhead on Via Del Prado and follow it around back to the starting point. From the trailhead, take the "handle" part of the loop (the part you travel both directions on the same trail) for 0.25 miles to get to the fork. Go left and you will come back down from the right fork. About 50 feet further on, the trail again forks; take the right fork. In another hundred yards is another fork. The lower (left) trail ends at a paved road that climbs to a water tank. There is no way out other than back the way you came. On the other hand, the right fork will take you up and around back in the direction you came from. There is one final fork, to the left on the top of a ridge, the Camino De Las Estrellas Trail. Keep going straight and you'll soon get back to the "handle." Turn left and in a quarter mile you'll be back to the the starting point.

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Technical Rating T2

 Length (miles)

 1.05 miles (includes travelling along the "handle" twice)

Climb (feet)

 200

Descent (feet)

 200

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[9a] Camino De Las Estrellas Trail

Description: This short trail starts at a gate on the cul-de-sac at the end of Camino de Las Estrellas. It mostly follows the ridgeline down to the Wallen Creek View Loop Trail. Being a ridgeline trail, it's somewhat steep, and it ends as a T-junction, so be careful if riding down!

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Technical Rating T2

 Length

 650 feet

Climb (feet)

 0 (top to bottom)

Descent (feet)

 60

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[10] El Encanto Trail (AKA Via Laguna Trail; "DMZ" Trail)

Description: At the west (south) end, this trail starts at the end of Kimber Drive where it is blocked off from Via Rio. The first section heads almost due north on a narrow strip of park with fences on both sides. To the west is Dos Vientos and to the east is Newbury park (hence the "DMZ" moniker). Regardless of which direction you go, it starts with a fairly steep climb and ends with a fairly steep descent. The eastern end is a little steeper, but the western end has some tight switchbacks. Either way it's a fun but challenging trail for mountain bikers of just over a mile.

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Technical Rating T2

 Length (miles)

 1.15

Climb (feet)

 330 (moving from east to west)V

Descent (feet)

 270

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[11] Via Santana Loop Trail T2

Description: This short trail of a quarter mile forks off from the Borchard Trail about 0.2 miles from Via Ricardo. There is also access from the cul-de-sac at the end of Via Santana, from which it gets its name.

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[12] Borchard Trail

Description: This trail of decomposed granite runs along the north side of Borchard Road starting at Via Ricardo. It provides access to several trails from Dos Vientos Community Park. It starts off with a gentle climb and ends with a steep descent. Unfortunately, there is no way out at the bottom except onto Borchard Rd, or back the way you came, so riding to the bottom is not recommended. The Jump Trail forks out to the north at about the highest part of the path.

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Technical Rating T1.5

 Length (miles)

 1.15

Climb (feet)

 175 (west to east)

Descent (feet)

 245

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[13] Sycamore Park Trail

Description: This short trail of 0.5 miles starts from the Borchard Trail, about 0.2 miles from Via Ricardo. It passes through a nifty tunnel under Borchard Road, makes a sharp left and climbs a short but moderately steep hill, turns right and joins a dirt road that leads down to Sycamore Neighborhood Park. The dirt road connects to a decomposed granite path through the park, ending at a very small parking area on Via Mirabella. It's worth taking this trail just to see the tunnel under Borchard Rd.

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Technical Rating T2

 Length (miles)

 0.5

Climb (feet)

 60 (west to east)

Descent (feet)

 130

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[14] Park View Trail (AKA Community Park Trail)

Description: The Dos Vientos Community Park is a large park with 6 baseball fields, two tennis courts, a large building and lots of parking in the north-east corner. Starting in the south-west corner where Borchard Rd and Via Rincon interesect, is the Park View Trail, and it leads north-west, ending at Via Ricardo, directly across from the Powerline Trail.

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Technical Rating T2

 Length (miles)

 0.5

Climb (feet)

 110 (south-east to north-west)

Descent (feet)

 50

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[15] Private Property

These two dirt roads are on private property and are not open for public access. Use the Vista Del Mar Trail instead.

[16] Powerline Trail (AKA Conejo Mtn Road T2.5 and Access Trail T3 )

Description: You wouldn't know it by the long, ugly climb at the beginning, but this trail is surprisingly beautiful and isolated. It starts with a short singletrack from Via Recardo to get onto the Edison road that climbs Conejo Mountain. This area is volcanic, simliar to the Santa Rosa Trail north of Wildwood, and you get a glimpse of that on the singletrack. Once on the Edison road, the climbing begins. This segment has an industrial feel with the nearby powerlines, the stark landscape, and the view down onto the roofs of Dos Vientos. However, the atmosphere changes just past the top. The road runs in a narrow valley with Conejo Mountain rising above you to the west. There is an amazing feeling of isolation. You could be a thousand miles from civilization; the wonderful shapes of the volcanic rocks may contribute to this feeling. The valley opens up and too soon you know the isolation was an illusion when you start to hear and then see the 101 freeway and the Conejo grade down to Camarillo. The Edison road continues down to the west end of Old Conejo Rd, but you can't get out because of fences and a locked gate. If you aren't interested in an out-and-back trip, you can take the Camarillo Springs Trail towards Camarillo, or the Index Finger Trail back to Newbury Park via the Jump Trail. Also, there is the steep, rocky Goat Track you can scramble down into the Conejo Open Space Trail and the trailer park.

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Technical Rating T3 (singletrack) and T2.5 (Edison road)

 Length (miles)

 0.4 to the Edison Rd, 4.2 total

Climb (feet)

 950

Descent (feet)

 1000

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[17] Camarillo Springs Trail

Looking down the Camarillo Springs Trail from the Conejo Mountain Road (right).

Description: The trail starts as a abandoned road at the east end of Lada Avenue in Camarillo Springs, just south of the 101 freeway near the bottom of the Conejo Grade. There is a gate and signs warning people to keep out, but it's easy to go around. The old pavement ends after 0.4 miles where it becomes a singletrack (see photo at right, taken from the top) and is steeper and rocky, but pretty firm for the most part. The singletrack becomes too steep to ride up, but it's not too steep to ride down.

The vegetation in this area is more diverse than is usually found. There is a lot of fennel right next to cactus and succulents.

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Technical Rating T3 (singletrack) and T1.5 (old pavement)

 Length (miles)

 1.0

Climb (feet)

 770 (west to east)

Descent (feet)

 10

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[18] Potrero Ridge Trail (AKA Reino Trail)
[18a] Oak Ridge Trail (AKA Mountain Creek Trail)

Description: This section of the Potrero Ridge Trail is an old trail that has been reworked over several years. It has been smoothed and widened and the steepest sections have been bypassed. There is a formal trailhead with plenty of parking at the Reino end; there is some parking on side streets at the Via Las Brisas end. The trail starts with a climb up some steep and tight switchbacks because there's not much land for the trail. The downhill section at the west end is mostly the original trail and it's a little sandy in spots. It ends at Via Las Brisas, across the street from the Sierra Vista Trail and the Sumac Trail.

In 2009 during the Conejo Open Space Trail Work Day, the Oak Ridge Trail (AKA Mountain Creek Trail) was built to connect with the Potrero Ridge Trail from Mountain Creek Drive. It provides another route to the top of the ridge and goes through a pretty little oak grove on the way up. For mountain bikers, this trail is a little steeper than the Potrero Ridge Trail, but the switchbacks aren't as tight.

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Technical Rating T2

 

Reino Trail

Mountain Creek Trail

 Length (miles)

 1.2

0.5

Climb (feet)

 320 (starting at Reino Rd)

200

Descent (feet)

 160

zero

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View of the Ring Finger, Middle Finger and Index Finger Trails from the saddle above Powerline Trail. The Jump Trail connects these, but is not visible in this photo. The "finger" trails get their name from the way they look from the Index Finger Trail near the saddle. They look like the fingers of a giant left hand laid over the landscape. 

[21] Jump Trail

Description: This trail starts near the highest point of the Borchard Trail and heads  north-east, generally cutting across the contour of the land, although there are many steep dips and hills. It starts off in good shape and degrades as you get further from Borchard Rd. Part of this trail overlaps with the Middle Finger Trail. It peters out north of the Ring Finger Trail. The photo at right shows how the Jump Trail gets its name.

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Technical Rating T2 to T3.5

 Length (miles)

 0.8

Climb (feet)

 120 (from the Borchard Path, travelling north-east)

Descent (feet)

 280

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[22] Index Finger Trail

Description: This trail provides access to Powerline Trail from the bottom of the Borchard grade (or vice versa). However, it's not a gentle or easy climb up, or back down. From the Powerline Trail side, the trail climbs about 170 feet to a saddle point. This section of the trail is somewhat overgrown, rutted and quite steep, but a good biker can ride up it. South-east of the saddle, the trail is very steep, rocky and loose in some sections. It is too difficult for most riders, but judging by the jumps that have been built here, some people like riding down. It is far too steep and loose for anyone to ride up it except where the Jump Trail crosses it. The exit onto Borchard Rd at the bottom involves climbing up a small bank about 200 feet west of Los Vientos Drive.

The top photo at the right shows the Index Finger Trail from the Pwerline Trail, looking up and west toward the saddle.

The lower photo is the Index Finger Trail seen from the Jump Trail, looking up to the saddle with the Powerline Trail on the far side. The top of the Middle Finger Trail is visible in the top right.

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Technical Rating T5

 Length (miles)

 0.9

Climb (feet)

 170 (Conejo Mtn Rd to Borchard Path)

Descent (feet)

 480

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[23] Middle Finger Trail

Description: This trail is at least as steep and as difficult as the Index Finger Trail. At the top, it connects to the Index Finger Trail not far below the saddle. At the bottom, it becomes very steep and loose.

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Technical Rating T5

[24] Ring Finger Trail

Description: At the bottom, this trail starts at the trailhead on Los Vientos Drive, it crosses the Conejo Open Space Trail, climbs a fairly steep hill, then ends at the Jump Trail. Overall it is only a third of a mile long.

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Technical Rating T4

 Length (miles)

 0.32

Climb (feet)

 210

Descent (feet)

 zero

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[25] Conejo Open Space Trail

Description: This trail runs along behind the neighborhoods at the base of Conejo Mountain, generally at the uphill side of the firebreak adjacent to the homes. It doesn't quite follow the contour so it has a number of small hills.

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Technical Rating T2.5

 Length (miles)

 1.3

Climb (feet)

 180

Descent (feet)

 180

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 [26] Goat Track

Description: This trail climbs from the trailer park to Conejo Mtn Rd and provides a way onto and off of Powerline Trail near the north end. It is a very steep. There is no predominant trail but a series of tracks through the grass. Follow the most prominent one and you'll get to the top.

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Technical Rating T5

 Length (miles)

 0.2

Climb (feet)

 215

Descent (feet)

 40

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This page last updated on February 18, 2016

 

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