I wouldn't recommend parking your car here. There is no place to park on the busy street, but I can get away with this on my bike.
I don't see any problem hiking thru here. This is an important hike for me because it symbolizes the farthest point to begin hiking along a creek flowing all the way to Wildwood. I am on a mission to complete the Rancho Conejo Open Space Map and in doing so, I am finding these unknown trails between the neighborhoods. Unlike the Dead End Trail that I took the other day, this route is completely safe and legit!
Less than a half mile and 50 foot decline down the trail, you'll encounter the first crossing. The water comes from a drainage system in Thousand Oaks. I wouldn't suggest drinking it but I did see some ducks bathing. The creek is about 2 feet deep in it's deepest spot here. The rocks to cross it were somewhat slick and unsteady, but I had an easier time than the kid on the horse.
This was the first real sign that you are beginning to make your way into a canyon. You will cross the creek one more time and then approach a second creek. This one comes from the aqueduct that flows from Newbury Park between Hillcrest and the 101. Crossing it is no big deal but then you are faced with a decision. If you turn left, that will lead you back up to Hillcrest near Ventu Rd. I went this way just to cross it off my list.
There was a fork in the road if I would have gone straight. I suspect this would have lead me near the Dead End Trail. Due to time constraints, I had to save this path for another day. On my way back shortly after crossing the aqueduct creek, I did venture off up a hill. The short single track trail leads up to a street in the Lynn Ranch neighborhood. When I come back another day to connect the dots, I will drop down from that trail.