DAY 26: RANCHO CONEJO OPEN SPACE
Elevation Gain: 500 Feet
Difficulty (1-10): 3
Reward (1-10): 5
26 DAY SUMMARY: 94.25 Miles +18,100 Feet
Well, still no ability to share pictures here, but I did see a $1.00 authorization pending charge on my credit card. I hiked this area on Friday after work; 26 straight days. From the 101 Freeway in Ventura, exit at Rancho Conejo and take it all the way to the end (3 minutes). I parked my bike and began hiking. Maybe I saw a sign and a locked gate at the cul-de-sac that said no trespassing, so I hiked to the right down a dirt road with no locked gate and no sign. I was bored hiking on the road thru a field paralleling Rancho Conejo so I wandered into the brush and noticed awe inspiring 500 foot drop into an unknown valley. I tried to weed my way through the thick brush but decided that I was no longer 15 years old, thus not a great idea.
I hiked back to the road, wandered all the way to the bottom and ran into a stream. I was on the other side of the water treatment plant, which is at the far edge of Wildwood Park. I noticed a sign that read Hill Canyon Mitigation Bank Wetlands. I believe I intersected with the same river that flows through La Barranca, a trail I did with Ian several weeks ago. On my way back up, I noticed a couple mountain bikers pedaling across the rocky slop in the far off distance. I believe that lead to Lizard Rock, a trail I did a few days ago.
The entire open area back here was starting to make sense, yet there is no official map that I have seen. Looking across the way, I believe a trail exists versus taking the road. If I had more time, I would have confirmed this but with the sun going down and my work holiday party tonight, I had to go. I did discover what would be the trailhead to this adventure. It would need some work but I believe it will do. Eventually, I will print a topo map of this area and name a stream after my wife and a gorge after my son.
I uploaded some pictures on Facebook and decided to name this area: The Jacobus Ribereño Arroyo . This basically means the source of the stream, which I know flows into La Barranca aka Arroyo Conejo.
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