Paradise Falls

Wildwood Park is in Ventura County. I loved this place so much, I went twice this month! Since I extended the route for our second hike, I decided to write two separate posts. This is a 3-mile loop hike that includes a tepee and waterfalls. We arrived at the parking lot just a little after 7 AM. The sun was still rising and the morning sunlight made everything look soft and warm like a baby blanket.

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Right away, I knew I was going to like this park. It was beautiful. The park was huge and open and there were signs showed that it was well-maintained. And Arizona-like rock formation surrounding the park on the right was impressive to say the least.

Hike starts on Mesa Trail.

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Mesa Trail

At 0.4 miles, turn left on to N Tepee Trail toward Tee Pee / Paradise Falls.

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N Tepee Trail

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Tee Pee would be a good place for a break if you need one. There is a lot of seating spaces inside. I will share a photo of the inside in Part II.

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Rule #15: ChuckIt goes where I go

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From Tee Pee, I could hear the waterfalls. We followed the sign for Paradise Falls. After going down on Tepee Trail for 0.13 miles, there was a little sign for the falls. Turn left and follow that path. There were two picnic tables near the falls. How lovely!

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Not a bad shot considering this was taken without a tripod.

Whenever you are ready to continue, go back up and take Wildwood Canyon Trail. This is the trail above the falls with a fence to keep you safe. It leads you to another picnic area next to the creek at 1.38 miles. This is where I found a green heart-shaped rock. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I have a thing for heart-shaped rocks. I was thrilled to find this one! It always feels like nature is sending me love. And the feeling is mutual.

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At 1.5 miles, we took Lynnmere Trail, just to see where it takes us. We had to cross the creek via a wooden bridge. Shortly after, we came out to a meadow and there was a use trail on the left. I could hear the water flowing. We took the use trail and found this place. Clear shallow water was inviting us to play fetch. So we did. I worked with Xena on her fear of water and we made a huge progress that day.

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When we had our fill, we backtracked to Wildwood Canyon Trail then followed the sign for Indian Cave. We didn’t explore the Indian Cave that day because it started to get too warm. Instead, we stayed on the fire road until we met up with Mesa Trail again. From here, the trailhead is only 0.25 miles away.

Good to Know:

  • Hike date:  4.2.16
  • Trailhead:  928 W. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
  • Distance (RT) and type:  3 miles, loop
  • Elevation change:  354 ft
  • Family friendly
  • No restroom on this route
  • Trail rules and map

 

Happy Hiking!

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2 thoughts on “Paradise Falls

  1. Sounds like quite the adventure, and such beautiful photos 🙂 I love the heartshaped rock, thats so sweet.

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