Summary: This is a wonderful shady nature walk along a pretty little stream. I took my two grandsons (2 and 8 yrs old) and they loved it. Just follow the frequent signs for the nature walk and you can't get lost. There trail is meandering and has a bit of elevation gain here and there.
Highlights along the trail include a wide variety of lush vegetation, butterflies, lizards, rock hopping in the stream, big spectacular oaks, a cool bridge over the stream, and lots more. Note that there is poison oak around, so you should keep an eye on any family members wandering off the trail.
Trailhead: From the 101 freeway in Thousand oaks, exit at Lynn Road, go right about a half mile to Gainsborough and turn right. Follow Gainsborough for about another half mile to the entrance to the Conjeo Botanic Garden on the right side of the road. Follow the driveway to the parking area. Walk down the paved path at the bottom of the parking lot to the entrance to the botanic gardens. (Lat:34.19306 Lon:-118.8861)
Trail Guides for Conejo Nature Walk:
On The Trail - Malibu to Santa Barbara
by Cathy Philipp (Cathy Philipp Publishing)
Day Hikes in Ventura County California
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Conjeo Botanic Gardens (805) 494-7630
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Joanna on 6/13/2012
Walked the nature trail this morning with my 5 and 2 year old kids. Our first hike ever! The kids enjoyed seeing lizards and streams and interesting trees. Lots of benches to rest along the way. We strayed to look at a couple of the gardens so it took us about an hour to do the whole thing, including stops to take photos. They were tired by the end but still had enough energy for the playground afterwards. Looking forward to doing more difficult hikes with them!
Reviewed by Tiki on 2/6/2006
I took my daughter this morning and it was not what I had hoped. It found it a little boring and didn't really hold much of my interest. Many of the plants are dry and that why they were planted because they required little water. The trail is however maintained well and I do see why people would really enjoy this. I know many people who do. They do have gardens of diffrent kinds. One which attracts butterflies. Although we didn't see any in that garden we did see them just outside of the gardens. Maybe thats where they were headed. I am thinking about trying this again maybe in May or so. Possibly a few days after the rain or something in hopes for a greener walk. =)
Reviewed by Michele on 4/26/2005
This hike is a great place to take young kids. The hike is easy, the trail well maintained and the the scenery is attractive, although there is one area where you are surrounded by residential housing. The hike sits atop a large park, so the kids can run wild for a bit after the hike is through. On Sundays there is a children's garden area that I have not experienced yet, but will soon.
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