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Indian Creek Trail, CA

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 636 feet
Elevation Gain -200 feet
Avg Time One Way 20 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.03
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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6  2011-07-16 slegal
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Author slegal
author avatar Guides 74
Routes 102
Photos 2,962
Trips 56 map ( 351 miles )
Age 59 Male Gender
Location Thousand Oaks, CA
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Nov, Jan → Any
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Sun  4:44am - 7:11pm
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by slegal

The Indian Creek Trail is a short trail that runs between Avenida de los Arboles and the Wildwood Canyon Trail. The easiest way to reach this trail is to park at the parking lot at the corner of Avenida de los Arboles and Big Sky Drive and walk east on Avenida de los Arboles until you reach the Indian Creek Trail trailhead. There is a closer parking area across the street from the Indian Creek Trail trailhead. If you park in the Wildflower parking lot there is a tunnel just west of the parking lot that runs under Avenida de los Arboles directly to the Indian Creek Trail trailhead. I'm not calling this the easiest access point because the Wildflower parking lot is small and frequently full.

The trail runs above the western side of the canyon for a short distance. There is poison oak along this section as with many sections of this trail, so watch for it and avoid it. Right before the Trail drops to the canyon floor you will pass a natural spring. You will recognize the spring by the railroad tie walkway that raises the Trail above the muddy soil beneath.

The trail drops quickly to the canyon floor. The Trail passes the creek at creek level where the 76 Step Trail meets the Indian Creek Trail. That means that after a storm or during the winter and early spring of a particularly wet year then this section of trail may be impassable.

Shortly after the creek passing there is a creek. crossing. There are several large man made stepping stones that make the crossing easy. After making the crossing you climb a series of railroad tie steps. There is abundent poison oak beside this climb and at the top where you bear to the right to continue down the trail.

The remainder of the trail travels through forest lined with oak, cottonwood and black walnut trees. Near the end of the Trail there are lots of wild rose bushes. The trail ends at the Wildwood Canyon Trail between the Meadows Cave and a bridge over Indian Creek. Just a few yards downstream from the bridge Indian Creek empties into the north fork of Arroyo Conejo.

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2012-02-01 slegal

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    From US 101 exit at Lynn Road and travel north to Avenida de los Arboles. The main parking for Wildwood Park is a dirt parking lot at the corner Avenida de los Arboles and Big Sky Drive. You will have to take one of many trails to reach the Wildwood Canyon Trail, all of which are mentioned in the hike description. There is a kiosk next to the parking area and there are usually free trail maps that will show where all of the trails are.
    page created by slegal on Jan 31 2012 11:23 pm
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