Difficulty PG Distance 2.1 to 5 miles General information: Cellular Service General information: Dogs allowed General information: Hikes with free parking Rating: 7-8 Season: Fall/Early Winter Season: Late Winter/Spring Thousand Oaks/Simi Valley

Oakbrook Vista Trail to Scenic Overlook (Thousand Oaks)


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Flowers and big views on the Oakbrook Vista Trail
Flowers and big views on the Oakbrook Vista Trail
Geology on the Oakbrook Vista Trail
Geology on the Oakbrook Vista Trail

Oakbrook Vista Trail to Scenic Overlook (Thousand Oaks)

          • Location: Thousand Oaks.  From Highway 101, take the Westlake Blvd. exit and turn right.  Head north for 4.1 miles to Lang Ranch Parkway.  Turn right and look for the Oakbrook Vista Trail sign on the right, at 0.2 miles.  (If you reach Oakbrook Regional Park and the Chumash Museum, you’ve come too far.)  From the 23 Freeway, take the Avenida de los Arboles exit and turn left.  Go 1.6 miles and turn right on Westlake Blvd.  Go 0.2 miles and turn left on Lang Ranch Parkway.
          • Agency: Conejo Open Space Foundation
          • Distance: 3.6 miles
          • Elevation gain: 1,000 feet
          • Difficulty Rating: PG
          • Suggested time: 2 hours
          • Best season:  October – May
          • USGS topo map: Thousand Oaks
          • Recommended gear: hiking poles; sun hat
          • More information: here; Everytrail report here; area trail map here
          • Rating: 7
0:00 - Trail head on Lang Ranch Parkway (click thumbnails to see the full sized version)
0:00 – Trail head on Lang Ranch Parkway (click thumbnails to see the full sized version)

This hike offers good views of the Thousand Oaks area, the ocean, the western Santa Monica Mountains and close-up looks at some interesting geology. Most of the trail is exposed, so plan accordingly; try to get off to an early start, especially in the warmer months.

0:09 - Take a break (times are appoximate)
0:09 – Take a break (times are appoximate)

From Lang Ranch Parkway, follow the trail into a grove of oaks (this is pretty much the only shade on the route.) You make a few switchbacks, quickly climbing up the slope. At a quarter mile, a bench makes a nice rest spot to sit and enjoy the view.

0:29 - Bear left and continue the climb
0:29 – Bear left and continue the climb

Continuing, you stay left at an intersection and follow the trail along the side of the ridge, with nice aerial views of Lang Ranch. At 0.9 miles, bear left onto a fire road. Soon you have another split, where you bear left on a single-track trail that closely hugs the side of the hill, with more nice views below. (The steep fire break heading right is an option if you want to challenge yourself; it meets again with the Oakbrook Trail.)

0:53 - View of Lang Ranch
0:53 – View of Lang Ranch

The Oakbrook Trail heads slightly downhill to a four-way intersection. Head left and make a short but steep ascent. The trail levels out briefly before making another steep climb, rough in some places, soon arriving at a giant sandstone outcrop.

0:46 - Four way trail split (turn left)
0:46 – Four way trail split (turn left)

If you are comfortable scrambling over rocks, it’s possible to climb to the top of the rocks, but a good alternative is to continue a little farther along the main trail to a knoll where you can sit on a rock and enjoy the panorama. Rugged Simi Peak stands to the east; it can be reached via the so-called “Secret Passage” trail; but for the casual hiker, this is a good turnaround point.

0:52 - Beginning of the climb to the vista point
0:52 – Beginning of the climb to the vista point

Text and photography copyright 2013 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.

1:00 - Looking east toward Simi Peak from the vista point
1:00 – Looking east toward Simi Peak from the vista point
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2 comments

  1. My nephews and I completed this beautiful hike on Sunday. Broke a sweat climbing up that slope but thank God for clouds and a bit of rain towards the end. Thanks for all of these awesome hikes! Pierda Blanca Trail is next!

    1. Glad you’re finding the site helpful. Enjoy Piedra Blanca…it’s a great hike. Feel free to share your pics on the NHLA Facebook page.

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