Las Virgenes View Park Calabasas-Cold Creek Trail System

Hiking Distance: 12.2-Mile Loop

Hiking Time: 7 Hours

Configuration: Loop

Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

Exposure: Exposed With Forested Sections

Dogs: Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Calabasas And Malibu Beach Tom Harrison Maps: Malibu Creek State Park Trail Map

The New Millennium Loop Trail Is A Magnificent, Dog-Friendly, Multi-Use Trail That Is Open To Hikers, Bikers, And Equestrians. The Trail Is Located In Las Virgenes View Park In The Mountains East Of Las Virgenes Road And South Of The Ventura Freeway. This 9.8-Mile Loop, Part Of The Extensive Calabasas- Cold Creek Trail System, Follows Chaparral-Covered Ridges, Forested Canyons, Ripar Ian Waterways, Rolling Grasslands, Oak Woodlands, And Scenic Overlooks. The Trail Also Traverses The Perimeter Of “The Oaks Of Calabasas” Subdivision, An Affluent Hillside Neighborhood. This Hike Begins On The Bark Park Trail, A 1. 2-Mile Connector Path That Begins From Las Virgenes Road.

Las Virgenes View Park Calabasas-Cold Creek Trail System Photo Gallery

To The Trailhead

From The Ventura Freeway/Highway 101 In Calabasas, Exit On Las Virgenes Road. Drive 0.9 Miles South To Bark Park On The Left. (It Is Directly Across

From Arthur Wright Middle School.) Turn Left Into The Parking Lot And Park.

From Santa Monica, Drive 12 Miles Northbound On The Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1 To Malibu Canyon Road. Turn Right (North) And Continue 9.1 Miles To Bark Park On The Right. (It Is 2.4 Miles Past Mulholland Highway And Directly Across From Arthur Wright Middle School.) Turn Right Into The Parking Lot And Park.

The Hike

From The North End Of Bark Park, By The Trailhead Kiosk, Head Up The Signed Bark Park Trail. Skirt The Fenced Off-Leash Dog Area, And Weave Up The Slope At An Easy Grade. Pass The Las Virgenes Water District Reservoir On The Left. Continue Up The Side Canyon To A Bowl Of Tree-Dotted Rolling Hills. At 1.2 Miles, The Trail Ends At A T-Junction With The New Millennium Loop Trail. Begin The Loop To The Right, Heading Southeast. Views Immediately Open Up Across The Santa Monica Mountain Range. Traverse The Open Slopes To An Unsigned Fork By A Fence. The Right Fork Detours 0.2 Miles To A 1,300-Foot Knoll With 360-Degree Vistas. This Side Path, The Las Virgenes View Park Connector Trail, Continues South On An Old Dirt Road. The Trail Follows The Ridgeline For 1.5 Miles To The Top Of The Las Virgenes View Trail (Hike 94).

Continue On The Main Loop Trail. Follow The Ridge Downhill And Wind Into The Canyon. Cross A Stream And Head Up The West Canyon Wall. Follow The Mountain Contours, Dropping In And Out Of A Few Drainages. A Series Of Short Switchbacks Lead Up To A Ridge That Overlooks Some Mega-Size Homes. Traverse The Ridge And Descend Into The Canyon To The East. The Footpath Crosses A Couple Of Wood Footbridges Over Drainages Descending From The Steep Hillside. Cross A Road Within “The Oaks Of Calabasas” Subdivision, Then Wind Through The Hills Above The Homes. Gradually Descend Along Five Switchbacks To The West End Of Parkway Calabasas. On The Left Is The Entrance Gate Of The Exclusive Subdivision, A Development Of 550 Mini-Mansions Dotting The Calabasas Hills.

Las Virgenes View Park

Cross The Road And Pick Up The Signed Water Tank Trail. Drop Into The Canyon And Cross Over The Drainage. Traverse The Exposed Canyon Slope, Steadily Gaining Elevation. Pass A Perpetually Dripping Rock Grotto On The Left. Zigzag Up Seven Switchbacks To The Top Of The Mountain By A Water Tank On The Left. Curve Right And Descend, With Far-Reaching Views Of The Santa Monica Mountains. Walk Through A Pocket Of Oaks, Then Zipper Down The Hill To The Canyon Floor In An Oak Grove. Cross A Wooden Bridge Over The Seasonal Creek, And Head Up The West Canyon Slope. Climb Over The Hill And Drop Into The Next Drainage To The West. Continue Downhill To The Stream-Fed Canyon Bottom. Rock-Hop Across The Stream To A Junction At 6 Miles. The Right Fork Leads 0.2 Miles To The Juan Bautista De Anza East Trailhead At The End Of Calabasas Road.

Bear Left On The Juan Bautista De Anza Loop Trail, And Wind Up To The Ridge. Head Downhill Into The Canyon To The West, And Traverse The East Canyon Wall To A Utility Road. Go To The Right On The Old Dirt Road. Cross The Head Of The Canyon, And Descend To A Signed Junction At 9 Miles. The Right Fork Leads 0.8 Miles To The Juan Bautista De Anza West Trailhead (Hike 96). Bear Left On The New Millennium Loop Trail. Weave Along The Mountain Contours To A Stream In A Picturesque Grotto. Follow The Willow-Lined Stream Past An Old Man-Made Rock Fountain And Pool. Continue Downhill Through A Forested Canopy. Ascend The Hill With The Aid Of Four Switchbacks, And Meander Through The Rolling Hills To A Signed Junction, Completing The Loop At

11. 2 Miles. Bear Right On The Bark Park Trail, And Return To The Trailhead.

Leave a Reply

7 + 3 =