Summary: Cheeseboro Canyon is very popular with both hikers and bikers. It traverses rolling grasslands covered with beautiful oak and sycamore trees. It's a relatively easy hike, with modest elevation gains, and a good shady fire road to walk on most of the way.
Trailhead: From Highway 101/Ventura Freeway in Agoura Hills, exit on Chesebro Road. Continue one block straight ahead, past the stop sign, to Palo Comado Canyon Road and turn left. Drive 0.3 miles to Chesebro Road and turn right. Continue 0.7 miles to Cheeseboro Canyon Road and turn right. The trailhead parking lot is 0.2 miles ahead. (Lat:34.156073 Lon:-118.731257)
Trail Guides for Cheeseboro Canyon:
Day Hikes in Ventura County California
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
101 Hikes in Southern California
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
Day Hikers Guide to Southern California
by John McKinney (Olympus Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes, Dogs, Horses
Ranger Contact: National Park Service - 818-597-9192
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Karma on 6/11/2011
I was there today. Saturday, late afternoon. Only a few cyclists, all were very courteous as well as the one horse rider I saw. Probably busier as the summer progresses, but the following reviews are old - give it a try! Beautiful rolling hills and oaks and a variety of trails depending how hard you want to work out.
Reviewed by Ro on 12/28/2009
Hiked approx. 12 mi roundtrip, covering Modelo Trail (1.0 mi)fr the trailhead, Palo Comado Cyn (4.4 mi) and half the Connector (0.5 mi). The trail meanders thr. an open field, not much diversity but a good workout. It's really designed for the horseback rider. I may come back and look for Sulphur Springs the next time I'm in the area.
Reviewed by Agi on 12/6/2009
Lot of bicyclists, but they were all very courteous. We hiked about 10 miles and it was lovely. We went down into the canyon from the ridge and that was lovely too. Those oaks are magnificent. Met some horse riders and they were very nice too. It was a good day. The next time I hike this trail will be in spring. It was pretty dead on 12-06-09, from the fires and the drought. There was some life, grasses, some flowers and more manzinita (?) growing. It's still an easy way to burn a few calories close to home. I am still totally in love with the California mountains in general. Good hiking!
Reviewed by Mike on 9/11/2009
It was Sunday morning when my group( 6 people) hiked. It was so annoyying as so many bikers constantly behind you, and I was so uncomfortable for the road condition as there are so much of horse droprs on the ground. It is place that I never go back to hike.
Reviewed by FEW on 4/2/2009
I love this hike. A good portion is paved (if you choose to stay on that road) and it's wonderful seeing the horses come up and down the path. It's also a great place to bike. There is a sulfar spring at the top of one of the trails which is cool.
Reviewed by RPM on 8/20/2008
I love this whole area and hike it a couple of times a week. You can't beat these canyons for nice scenery, well- maintained and marked trails and all the possibilities for different loops, even more so since it attaches into Upper Las Virgenes Open Space to the east (aka Ahmanson Ranch). Prettiest trail of all in my opinion is Cheeseboro Canyon Trail, although Cheeseboro Ridge Trail has incredible views of the Baleen Wall. A must-do hike especially if you live in the area. Agree with others shade is minimal in some places so best to hike early or late in summer.
Reviewed by JAM on 4/19/2008
Great hike really green and there were tons of flowers! We went today (4/19) and even though it was a bit cloudy all the yellow flowers really brighten things up. We did the 10 mile hike down Cheeseboro Canyon trail to Sheep Corral Trail to Palo Comado Canyon to Modelo to Modelo Spur. It took us about 4 hours and 45 minutes but I took a lot of photos and we stopped for 20 minutes to eat. Only really hilly at the end, but not that bad. Can't wait to do it again!
Reviewed by Bill and Diane on 3/30/2008
We hiked this trail March 30. We took the Modelo Trail from the main trail about .5 mile from the trailhead. This trail follows the ridge and provides breathtaking views of both canyons. It's an easy 1 mi jaunt that ends at the Palo Comado Canyon trail. You can go west on the Palo Comado Trail or take the spur back to the Chesebro Canyon. We took the Palo Comado Trail (4.4 miles). This trail starts off as a gentle stroll along a creek to the old ranch center, but begins a serious elevation change from 1,200 ft to 2,140 ft. At the Palo Comado/Sheep Coral Trail, we went east on Sheep Coral back to Chesebro Canyon. It's 4.6 miles from there back to the parking lot. It was a great hike, moderate to strenuous at times, with great views.
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