Just in time for Halloween, here’s a spooky hike! Trails in the Newbury Park-Thousand Oaks area (just north of Los Angeles County) burned last spring in the 8,000 acre Springs Fire as flames spread across the hills from Camarillo to Pacific Coast Highway.
Dark and blackened, the trails now are very quiet. It’s so eerie and still, you might feel as if you’re on Mars or another planet! But, foliage is starting to grow back, the trails are clearly marked and the hills are not too steep, so it’s a fun trek for hikers of all fitness levels.
I’m not sure if there really are ghosts, but the occasional high pitched screech of an old water tank windmill provides a Halloween-themed soundtrack to your Haunted Hike.
Located off the 101 (Ventura) Freeway at Wendy Drive (head west toward the ocean to the end of Wendy Drive) There is plenty of free parking near the trail head, where you can see a map offering several hike options ranging from one mile (each way). The most ambitious hike (8 miles each way) leads to Malibu. Even the easier trails offer an ocean view to the west, and the Camarillo Airport and farmlands to the north.
My hiking partner and I explored these trails on a warm day, so we chose a shorter (two mile round trip) hike. It was an easy uphill walk. With so many trails to explore, you can come back more than once and explore different areas. You might even find waterfalls if it’s been a rainy Winter and Spring.
Traffic411 Insider Tip: Plan to hike these trails in the Spring, when colorful spring flowers will be blooming in the burn area.
Distance from LAX: 50 miles
Thousand Oaks-Newbury Park Hiking Trails
This Ventura County hiking spot has several trails, ambitious hikers can trek over the hill to Malibu beach. The area burned in the Conejo Springs fire, so the charred trees and blackened dirt provide the perfect setting for a 'haunted hike' this Halloween!