Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space

This is our new favorite spring time hike! When we first time visited in January, the entire place was brown and baldy as you can see in the  photo below. Oh, by the way, we parked on the street outside of the park and walked under the Victory Trailhead sign. Around 7:30 am, only few cars were on the street. The neighborhood was still asleep.

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This place has many little use trails and most of them don’t show up on your phone GPS so you can get confused. I did a clockwise loop and the total distance was 5.25 miles. I will guide you through it. Quickly after the trailhead, the trail splits. Stay on the current path and go straight. About 0.23 miles in, the trail splits again. Make a sharp left turn. You should be able to spot a sign for “Joe Bahar Trail”. You will pass by a white mansion on your left and the view of West Hills. Beautiful morning, isn’t it?

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You are on a short (~0.25 miles) uphill and it will take you up to the open space. Now let me show you the pictures from our hike in February. What a difference a month makes! I couldn’t believe how green it was! It was so beautiful!! 💚

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We spotted a group who was just finishing a Tai Chi session under a tree so we watched them for a little bit.

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You will see a lot of use trails, stay on the main trail unless you purposely want to go off and explore. I don’t see how you can get lost here. But if you want to do this in a loop, follow my guide. At around 1.23 miles, the trail splits. Go straight. You should see a sign for “Mary Wiesbrock Loop Trail”. I don’t remember any side trails from here until Crummer Ranch Rd. There are old ranch items on your left. Turn right. This is my favorite section. Less traveled and mostly flat. The area was covered with dewy grass. A perfect place for zoomies and rolling around. Only Xena in case you are wondering. Next time, I will take a ball and play fetch with her here. What a lovely place! I felt so free!

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Photo credit:  My Sister

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At about 2.96 miles, turn right on to E Las Virgenes Canyon Trail. There is no sign but it will show up on GPS. It might say “Road” instead of “Trail”. I’ve seen both. Also, you will see more trail runners, bikers, hikers and dogs. Stay on this trail and it will take you back to the trailhead.

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Good to Know:

  • Trailhead:  34.185503, -118.668500 (copy & paste to your GPS app)
  • Hike date:  2.21.16
  • Distance:  5.25 miles RT
  • Elevation gain:  476 ft
  • Difficulty:  Easy – Moderate
  • A somewhat maintained porta-potty available at the trailhead

Happy Hiking!

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2 thoughts on “Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space

  1. How beautifully green it all is! Amazing how it’s transformed with rain. How lovely that you walked with your sister again. That mansion looks pretty impressive! I think I still prefer nature’s architecture though. Great pics as usual. Have a happy weekend. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Jane! I prefer nature’s architecture too but the size of that mansion! It is crazy! 🙂 The place was so lovely! I could hear the Sound of Music song in my head. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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