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Cheeseboro Ridge & Cheeseboro Canyon Trail

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Trail

10.3 mile 16.6 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,199' 365 m
Descent: -1,199' -365 m
High: 1,827' 557 m
Low: 960' 292 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Janna Williams

A challenging, mostly fireroad hike with some fun singletrack on the way back to the parking lot.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Cheeseboro Canyon is popular with runners, hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. While there are many trail options in the area, this is a perfect nine mile loop.

Need to Know

In a rainy season, there may be creek crossings. This is not a good trail to hike immediately after a rain as the mud really sticks to your shoes. There are restrooms at the start. Parking is free. The main parking lot is open from 8:00 am to sunset. You may still visit if the gate is closed (parking is available in front of the gate).

Description

The trail starts on the fireroad and is a gradual climb for the first mile. You'll take a left on the Cheeseboro Ridge Trail, and this is where the climbing begins. It continues to climb for the next three miles with a couple recovery downhills.

Once you get to top, you'll want to stop and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and communities. You'll continue with a downhill, another quick climb and downhill again until you get to the Sheep Corral Trail where you turn left toward Shepherd's Flat then left again on Cheeseboro Canyon Trail.

This is where the fun begins! It is almost downhill back to the parking lot and the next few miles are singletrack! There are a couple of creek crossings but most of the year they are dry. You'll end the singletrack at Sulphur Springs (this one could have water) and sometimes you'll get a strong whiff of sulphur. The trail then continues on the fireroad and still descending back to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Oak trees and sedimentary rock areas provide excellent nesting sites for owls, hawks, and other raptors. Keep an eye out for deer, bobcats, coyotes, and rabbits. Many of the native plants, poorly adapted to heavy grazing, were replaced with European annuals such as wild oats, mustard, and thistles.

History & Background

For over 150 years, ranchers made these canyons their home. The gently rounded hills and canyons of Cheeseboro and Palo Comado are older than the steeper, more recently formed Santa Monica Mountains.

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Nov 3, 2018
Paulina D
This hike is great for trail runners, mountain bikers or just to stroll around the scenic routes! It get pretty hot after 9:30 so just be prepared! 7.3mi
Jun 9, 2018
Robert Z
5h 00m
Feb 15, 2018
Brian Sakhuja
10.2mi
Sep 4, 2016
Emilie Jensen
12h 55m

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Sulphur springs.
Feb 15, 2016 near Oak Park, CA
Top of the first climb - overlooks into the canyon and the surrounding communities of Bell Canyon and Hidden Valley.
Feb 15, 2016 near Oak Park, CA
Cheeseboro Canyon is full of old beautiful oak trees.
Feb 15, 2016 near Agoura, CA
Beautiful wildflower!
Apr 2, 2018 near Oak Park, CA
Singletrack on Cheeseboro Canyon Trail.
Feb 15, 2016 near Oak Park, CA

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