Angel Vista via Los Robles Trail (Thousand Oaks)
- Location: Thousand Oaks. From Highway 101, take the Moorpark St. exit and head south for 0.5 miles. Park in the lot on the corner of Moorpark and Greenmeadow, or take a right on Greenmeadow and park at an alternate trailhead a quarter mile down the road on the left.
- Agency: Conejo Open Space Foundation
- Distance: 7.4 miles
- Elevation gain: 950 feet
- Difficulty Rating: PG-13 (Distance)
- Suggested time: 3.5 hours
- Best season: October – May
- USGS topo map: Thousand Oaks
- Recommended gear: sunblock; sun hat
- More information: COSF home page here; trail map here (from alternate starting point)
- Rating: 6
This is one of the more challenging and scenic routes of the Los Robles Trail System, one of the projects of the Conejo Open Space Foundation. The destination is Angel Vista, a view point where hikers are rewarded for their efforts with a 360-degree panorama.
From the trailhead at the corner of Moorpark and Greenmeadow, head west on the fire road. Several other trails branch off, but your route stays straight. In half a mile, bear left as the Los Robles Trail becomes a single-track.
You ascend a few switchbacks, taking in nice views of Thousand Oaks on the way up. The trail levels out, and then crosses a dirt road three miles from the start. There’s not a whole lot of variety on this stretch, but the views are enjoyable and the grade is never too steep. (There’s very little shade, however.)
After crossing the dirt road, you make another ascent. At a four-way junction, stay straight, on a small spur signed for Angel Vista. The actual vista point is a small, fenced-in area with a picnic table. Clear day views include Anacapa and Santa Cruz Island, the western Santa Monicas, the Los Padres National Forest, and a little bit of the San Gabriels.
Angel Vista can also be reached from Potrero Road, which is a 5-mile round trip. For more information on that route, click here.
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