Overview: Cheeseboro (or Cheseboro or Chesebro) Park is one of the many National Park Sites within the SMMNRA (Santa Monica Nationa Recreation... more »
Cheeseboro (or Cheseboro or Chesebro) Park is one of the many National Park Sites within the SMMNRA (Santa Monica Nationa Recreation... more » area) and is very popular with visitors due to its relatively level terrain. And it's great for kids and families!
This guide is a one hour (two mile) hike, relatively flat, and has a great deal of wildlife all of the time ! Deer, birds, bobcats, coyotoes, native foxes, and more are common sights.
This hike is especially great during the summer as it is mostly alongside a creek and under a canopy of valley oak trees.
Cheeseboro Canyon has plenty of wildlife, but most of it is in the area of this trek, as this is a wildlife corridor connecting the Simi Hills (where Cheeseboro Canyon is) with the Santa Monica Mtns to the south of the Ventura Freeway.
If you only have one hour to spend at Cheeseboro Canyon, this short trek is great. It is 2.0 miles total round trip.
FYI - The official name of the park site is Cheeseboro, but the street name is Chesebro. Go figure. less «
Bring a snack ! Have lunch under native oak trees. If you have REAL little ones, they may not be able to make the full one hour hike. ... more »If that is the case, you can always turn right around and head back to the car.
NO water! Bring your own water.
CELL phones may not work all of the time here.
FAMILY friendly - bring the entire group.
DOG friendly - MUST be on leash, to protect your dog from wildlife and other dogs. Carry water for your dog especially on hot days.
Hiking with small ones - Youll see many other familes with kids of all ages. Only you know how long your little ones will go for. If they start to tire, simply turn around and head back to the parking lot.
Strollers - If you have little ones in a stroller, it might be best to shorten your trek by only going half way (to the Morrison Ranch house), then doubling back.
This is a popular site, you will always see people during the weekends.
In an emergency, call Angeles Dispatch at 661-723-3620 to talk directly to a Park Ranger. less «
Trailhead - The official address is 5792 Chesebro Road, Agoura Hills, 91301. Park either before the gated, or on the left side (as you head into the park) of the paved road. Be aware the park closes at sunset, so if you may be later than sunset, park BEFORE the gate, and you will be OK.
Bring water and leash for dog, if you have a dog.
NOTE:... More Hide all valuables when you park.
Head up the paved road to start your journey.Less
This is the main parking lot, which often fills up on weekends. The park is open every year, from sunrise to sunset.
Travel up the MAIN road heading East. The trail to your North connects to a trail along the ridge of the hills to your north. Great views!
Here at the MIT, or mobile information trailer, you can find out information and/or warnings about the trails. The MIT is manned by volunteers on the weekend and some holidays. Stop by and say hi!
Near the MIT is the park kiosk with valuable info about the park.
You will also see little 'tree shelters' throughout your trek - these protect... More growing Vallye Oak seedlings.Less
Look to the East - you will see the Calabasas Landfill, which accepts rubbish from LA county. It is scheduled to be filled in 2018 which at that time it will be given to the National Park Service as an extension of this park.
Coyotes are often spotted to your left again the hillside. They are looking for gophers and ground squirrels.
We happen... More to spot one to the south today - looking for lunch! He also looks like he/she is marking their territory! Click on the video here.Less
You will be heading near the Cheseboro creek on your left. Keep your eyes out for wildlife. Bobcats have been spotten along the creek. Also you will spot many owls here at sunset. At this point you should be heading South.
Did you know - Over 5,000 species of insects, 58 species of reptiles and amphibians, 105 species of mammals and over 150 species of birds rely on oaks for some of their life cycle. This oak, as many you will see, have plenty birds that call it home.
Do you see the holes in the bark ? Thats from an Acorn woodpecker - they store acorns in the... More holes during winter.Less
Be warned the road across the creek at this point is fragile! Youll still be heading South. Keep an eye out for hawks and other birds.
If you look to your left you'll see a power generating station on the landfill property which generates power from the escaping methane gas inside of the landfill. You might also hear it as you walk along the road.
If you look around, you'll see coyotes trails all around. These are used by not only coyotes but deer and other mammals.
At this point, many animals cross the creek and road here, as they follow the treeline from south to north.
Near the entrance gate to the park, you'll see more oaks. This is another spot where you may see more animals, as they tend to cross Chesebro Road nearby. At this point, you can cross the road by going UNDER the brown gate to the other side of the road where youll meet up with the trail back to the parking lot. If not, continue SOUTH along the... More road to another road crossing point.
On this side of Chesebro Road, you will also see many animals, especially deer. This are leads you back to where you parked. Stay heading NORTH and stay on the main trail if you encounter and forks in the trail.
The trail on this side of Chesebro will cross the creek a few times, and a great place to see frogs when the creek has water.
..if you encounter any forks in the trail. Either way, the trail does lead back to the parking lot and your car.
This area gets less foot traffic than the rest of the park, so wildlife likes this area. You might find a napping deer, or small mammals like a fox or raccoon.
Look for tracks in the mud! You will always see tracks in undisturbed... More mud deposits, as mammals use the creekbed as their food source.Less
Around here you will cross the creek a few times. Keep an eye out for small wildlife, hawks and owls.