Angel Vista via Rosewood Trail (Thousand Oaks)

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Angel Vista via Rosewood Trail (Thousand Oaks)

      • Location: Thousand Oaks. From Highway 101, take the Ventu Park exit and drive south for half a mile.  Turn right on Lynn Road, go 0.3 miles and turn left on to Regal Oak Court.  Drive to the end of Regal Oak and park on the street.
      • Agency: Conejo Open Space Foundation
      • Distance: 3.2 miles
      • Elevation gain: 800 feet
      • Difficulty Rating: PG
      • Suggested time: 2 hours
      • Best season:  October – June
      • USGS topo map: Thousand Oaks
      • Recommended gear: sun hat; sunblock
      • More information: COSF home page here; Everytrail report here
      • Rating: 6

The very scenic Angel Vista can be reached with a 7-mile hike from the Los Robles Trail, but for hikers who don’t have time for such a long trip, the Rosewood Trail gets to the same spot in less than half the distance – providing a vigorous cardio workout in the bargain.

From Regal Oak, step over the fence and turn right on the Rosewood Trail. You pass by an information board, and the trail begins its ascent, steadily rising for the next mile and a half. As you climb, you get nice views of the Conejo Valley. If the weather is clear, you may get a glimpse of the distant San Gabriel Mountains.

As you near the top, you get a view of the Los Robles trail, coming in from the east. At a mile and a half, you’ll reach a junction with that trail. Head right (following the signs to Angel Vista) and in a few minutes, you arrive at the scenic spot. A large picnic table makes a nice place to sit and rest. The view includes Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands; the Boney Mountain complex; Thousand Oaks and more.

Text and photography copyright 2012 by David W. Lockeretz, all rights reserved. Information and opinions provided are kept current to the best of the author’s ability. All readers hike at their own risk, and should be aware of the possible dangers of hiking, walking and other outdoor activities.  By reading this, you agree not to hold the author or publisher of the content on this web site responsible for any injuries or inconveniences that may result from hiking on this trail.  Check the informational links provided for up to date trail condition information.

One comment

  1. I am in love with this trail. Whenever I find myself on the central coast, it is always one of my top spots for a relaxing getaway from the hectic city life I am so used to. My friends live in Santa Barbara so I tend to stay up there- they also have some great trails worth looking into, lots of fun! The place to stay while there? The Sandman Inn ( Inexpensive and close to the beach!

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