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Paradise Falls - Wildwood Park

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70 foot waterfall, shady creek side trail, rolling hills
Near:Thousand Oaks, CA
Distance:3 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:400 ft
Hike Time:1.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail

Summary: The first part of the trail follows Moonridge trail looking down upon Indian Creek. Trail then drops down steeply into an area if volcanic rock with a spectacular 70 foot waterfall plunging into a large pool. The return leg of the loop is an easy meandering trail along the banks of Indian creek, with a number of lovely picnic spots along the way. I promise that you will be surprised that there is such a nice setting amongst the suburban sprawl.
Trailhead: From the Moorpark Freeway (23), exit on Avenida de Los Arboles and go west (a right turn if you are coming from Moorpark). Follow de Los Arboles until it ends at Big Sky Drive. Make a U-turn and the park entrance is on the right side of the road. (Lat:34.219686 Lon:-118.900648)
Trail Guides for Paradise Falls - Wildwood Park:
Day Hikes in Ventura County California
by Robert Stone  (Day Hike Books)

Easy Hiking in Southern California
by Ann Marie Brown  (Foghorn Press)

On The Trail - Malibu to Santa Barbara
by Cathy Philipp  (Cathy Philipp Publishing)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses
Ranger Contact:  Conejo Rec & Park District - 805-495-6471
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted  104 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 12   Submit your own review
Reviewed by girljo on 1/19/2015
Nice hike in winter with easy roads, trails and few easy stream crossings made easier by pallet bridges. From the parking lot, we went up to Lizard Rock then down to Paradise Falls. took the small trail up behind it to the Indian Cave. Scramble up the cave and take that trail up and back to the parking lot.

Reviewed by Schuyler on 12/31/2012
Great hike! Just as advertised. Amazing that this is so close to civilization.

Reviewed by Maggie on 9/22/2012
1st time there today with my 10 year old son & husband, great hike, spectacular views, it doesn't feel like your in TO, ot feels more like Colorado!!! We enjoyed it & will return soon!

Reviewed by Vinny on 8/2/2012
Great hike no matter what path you take. Just remember that you have to go back up what you went down! I typically will hike to lizard rock, go down to the canyon, hit the falls, keep going along the river and then up to the teepee and back to the parking lot. Great work out. The falls are gorgeous, especially after the rains when it is flowing. Nice place to kick back and relax in the shade. Short trail, can definitely get half a day out of it, though!

Reviewed by Samantha on 4/27/2012
Wildwood is a great place for everyone. Beautiful falls, little streams along the trails. If you want more of a workout hike up Lizard Trail, it will work your butt LOL. Enjoy this little piece of paradise in the middle of would never know it was here.

Reviewed by Nathan on 1/3/2012
Hiked with a friend about a week ago. Not particularly strenuous. Lots of families and relatively crowded near the falls. The falls are nice, even without much rain this year, but there are so many side trails to explore you can find areas where there aren't many people. I would recommend checking out the Indian Cave as well

Reviewed by RLM on 11/5/2011
This is a nice hike. It has a nice waterfall and there are a couple different trails you can take to get to the waterfall. I prefer the trail that follows the creek because it is shaded and nice to be walking by the water.

Reviewed by Ky on 8/31/2011
Love this hike, good for a relaxing stroll! And the reason your NOT allowed to swim in the water I believe is because it is basically run off water from all over. It's dirty and you can get VERY sick! LOL. Still a great hike!

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