Wilderness Trail, Lizard Rock – Paradise Falls (also referred to as Wildwood Falls) is a lovely 40ft waterfall in the canyons of Wildwood Park in the Thousand Oaks area. It’s a short 2.4-mile return hike from the official car park to the falls and back. There’s actually a variety of trails you can take to after the waterfall. This is the loop that has a wide variety of sights. You follow Moon Ridge Trail down a narrow path zig-zagging your way down towards Indian Creek. There is a bridge and several stairs on your way. As you climb the hills you are led up to a teepee. The trail descends some steps right down to the base of the falls. The view of the falls is a little blocked by a protruding rock but you may be able to scramble through the creek and get a better look. Then following the trail up leads you to Lizard Rock. Also Passing by spur trail leads you to an attractive cave. Follow Stagecoage Bluff Trail to take you through the loop and you will see the residential area on your way to the parking lot. Finally, if you’re looking to find something about the Paradise Falls it was featured in the heartfelt movie UP (only it was animated and was Paradise Falls from Brazil)
Near: Thousand Oaks, CADistance: 3 miles round tripElevaiton Gain: 300 ftDifficulty: ModerateTrail Condition: Well MaintainedDogs, Bikes, Horses okMap: Location No shade on this hike, so start early or go on a cool day. And beware of rattlesnakes.
Location: From the 101, exit Lynn Road and go north. Take a left at Avenida de los Arbos, Follow it until it ends at Big Sky Drive. Make a U-turn and turn into the park entrance for Wildwood Park. (Lat:34.2198 Lon:-118.9017)
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