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  • Writer's pictureKaren Calderon-Schweitzer

Hiking the 805

As social distancing becomes part of our new normal, going for a nice hike and getting some fresh air seems to be an enticing proposition these days.

Going for long serene walks does wonders for your body and mind. Breathing in the fresh air, hearing the sounds of mother nature and clearing our minds from our daily stresses are only a few of the many good reasons to get out and find a trail nearby. I am lucky to leave in a neighborhood where trails are available literally only a few feet away and I take advantage of them as often as I can.


Before you embark on your hike and specially if you have never gone hiking before, be sure to do a few preparatory steps to get you ready for your adventure. Protecting your skin is always a must when you are outdoors. Apply a good dose of a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or more and take it with you to re-apply as needed. Don't forget your pout! Apply a lip balm containing SPF and add it to your bag. Bring some water to give you much needed hydration along your hike. Wear a large brimmed had to protect your face from the damaging sun rays. Wearing sun glasses will add much needed protection to your eyes.


Now that you are ready for your adventure, strap your pack and get out there. Here are three of my favorite hiking spots in the 805:


RANCHO SIERRA VISTA SATWIWA


Accessible in Newbury Park, California at the intersection of Via Goleta and Lynn Rd. Racho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa spans from Potrero Road on the north to Point Mugu State Park on the South. The Satwiwa Native American Indian Natural Area is a bike and horse free hiking area with well maintained trails. Trails range form one mile long to more advanced steep and rocky trails that take you up to beautiful lookout points. Dogs are allowed on a leash not longer than six feet in length.


ARROYO CONEJO TRAIL


This is a loop trail that expands for 3.9 miles and it features a waterfall. The trail is easily accessible from Rancho Conejo Playfield in Newbury Park, California. You will find the trailhead on the east section of the parking lot facing the restrooms and tennis courts. Stay on the trail that veers to the left as the one on the right is closed to the public. You will hike through some small creeks with pretty large rocks or wooden planks to walk across but do be prepared to get your feet wet if you plan to get to the water treatment plant which would make your hike about five miles long. Dogs are not allowed on this trail.


HAPPY CAMP TRAIL


Located in Moorpark, California this trail expands for over 8 miles. The trail is good for all levels of hikers and it offers a great opportunity to observe wild life. This trail can be accessed at 14105 Happy Camp Cyn. Road where you can park your car and hike to the canyon entrance. The first 4 miles of the trail are pretty flat, perfect for those with no hiking experience. If you continue to follow the trail you will experience more hills that get pretty steep as you go on.

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