Hiking Distance: 2-Mile Loop Hiking Time: 1 Hour Configuration: Loop Elevation Gain: 150 Feet Difficulty: Easy
Exposure: Mostly Exposed With Forested Pockets Dogs: Allowed
Maps: U.S.G.S. Calabasas Trails Of The Simi Hills Map
El Escorpion Park (Also Known As Castle Peak Park) Is Located In The West Hills Of The San Fernando Valley. The Small Park Sits In The Simi Hills Adjacent To The Expansive 2,900-Acre Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve.
El Escorpion Park Map Photo Gallery
The Three-Acre Park Is Open To Hikers, Bikers, Equestrians, And Dogs. It Has Two Main Trails That Run The Length Of The Park Along El Escorpion Creek, With A Network Of Connecting Trails That Leave The Park. To The North, A Path Leads To Caves On The Hillside Canyon Wall. Also To The North, A Rough, Dangerously Steep Path Ascends The South Slope Of Castle Peak, The Prominent Rocky Mountain Towering Over The Landscape. (The Trail Gains 1,000 Feet In A Short Distance.) To The South, The El Escorpion Trail Connects With The Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (Hike 142). A Third Trail Heads West, Connecting With The Las Virgenes Trailhead And Cheeseboro Canyon (Hikes 137-141).
To The Trailhead
From The Ventura Free Way/Highway 101 In Woodland Hills, Exit On Mullholland Drive/Valley Circle Boulevard. Drive 3 Miles North On Valley Circle Boulevard To Vanowen Street. Turn Left And Drive One Block To The Trailhead On The Left, Located As The Road Curves Right Onto Sunset Ridge Court. Park Along The Curb.
From Highway 118/Ronald Reagan Freeway In Chatsworth, Exit On Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Drive 2.5 Miles South To Plummer Street. Turn Right And Continue 5.5 Miles To Vanowen Street. (En Route, Plummer Street Becomes Valley Circle Boulevard.) Turn Right On Vanowen Street, And Drive One Block To The Trailhead On The Left, Located As The Road Curves Right Onto Sunset Ridge Court. Park Along The Curb.
Walk Through The Trailhead Gate And Curve Right. Follow The Old Dirt Road West Along The Base Of The Oak-Studded Hillside To A Y-Fork. Begin The Loop To The Right Beneath Jagged Castle Peak. Cross The Seasonal El Escorpion Creek Drainage And Veer Left, Continuing Up Canyon. A Couple Of Side Paths On The Right Ascend Castle Peak. Connector Paths On The Left Recross The Drainage And Join The Parallel Return Path To The South. Meander Through A Mixed Forest With Palms, Oaks, Chaparral, And Riparian Vegetation. At The Trail’S West End Is An Open Fence That Separates The City Portion Of The Park From The Santa Monica Conservancy Land. Pass Through The Fence To A Junction. The Right Fork Leads Up A Side Canyon A Quarter Mile To The Base Of Weather-Carved Sandstone Formations Pocketed With Caves. This Route Invites Exploration.
Back At The Drainage Floor, The Left (South) Fork, Leads 100 Yards To Another Junction. The Hunter Allen Trail Heads West And Curves South, Leading One Mile To The Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve At The Victory Trailhead (Hike 142). A Short Distance Past This Junction, A Path Veers Right And Heads West, Winding Through The Oak-Dotted Rolling Hills And Sycamore- Lined Canyons To Cheeseboro Canyon And The Las Virgenes Trailhead (Hikes 137-141). To Return, Head Back Down Canyon On The South Canyon Wall, Completing The Loop Near The Trailhead.
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