You must belong to the VIP Club to participate in this hike. Join here: http://vip.hikingwithdean.com. Its only $15/yr. But you can join our facebook group for free at https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingwithdean/
Las Virgenes and Cheeseboro Canyons like you have never seen them before! ***These secret trails are reserved for VIPs only***
This adventure hike arose from an exploratory I did in April 2010. We’ll hike along forgotten ranch roads and use trails. It will include a hike over the eastern ridge of Cheeseboro Canyon and to the Baleen Wall along a forgotten and overgrown trail. We’ll then descend into Upper Las Virgenes Canyon by way of a vanished ranch road (This segment is sure to be very overgrown. Be prepared for a little bushwhacking). Much of the hike will be on well-known trails.
In the picture above there is the remnants of a gate and there are no visible trails, but at one time 3 unpaved roads met at this spot. Besides our group no one has been here in possibly decades!
This is a strenuous hike and will go for about 9.5 miles.
While pouring over some old topo maps of the Upper Las Virgenes area I noticed a couple of “unpaved roads” that I have never seen while hiking. I loaded the road into my GPS and went to the location in search of these roads. When I arrived at the site, there was no sign of any road. Not ready to give up, I proceeded to walk the same path as if the road was there. Later, just when I thought I was on a wild goose-chase, I came across some artifacts (see picture above) that confirmed the topo data (and the accuracy of my orienteering!).
This photo of the bobcat was taken in Cheeseboro Canyon 12/31/2010 by Jared Hughey
Bring plenty of water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, your best hiking boots. Long pants may be desirable in one section.
***Post-hike lunch: La Paz @ 4505 Las Virgenes Rd (a bit south of Agoura Rd.****
Here is a map with directions from trailhead to restaurant: https://goo.gl/fuxupY
There will be a drawing for some prizes during the post hike lunch. One VIP will win 3 prizes: a pair of collapsible trekking poles, Columbia Omni Baselayer and the Amazing Pocket Chair – see http://vip.hikingwithdean.com for descriptions
You can use this map for directions to the trailhead: https://goo.gl/fuxupY
From the 405/Valley:
–Take 101 North/West, take Chesebro Rd exit and make a right turn on Palo Comado
–Curve around to the left and make a right on Chesebro Cyn Rd (Welcome to Old Agoura)
–Continue north about a half mile, cross a narrow bridge and turn right into park entrance (Welcome to Agoura Hills)
–Drive up this road to the end and park in parking lot.
From Thousand Oaks:
–Take101 East, get off at Chesebro Rd, cross Dorothy and make a left on Palo Comado.
–Continue on Palo Comado back over the Freeeway and make a right on Chesebro Rd as above.