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Dos Vientos Six Mile Loop

Moderate six mile round trip with a total elevation gain/loss of about 900 ft. This clockwise loop explores some of the neighborhood trails in the Dos Vientos area of the southwestern Conejo Valley. It provides a great overview of the nearby Dos Vientos residential area, as well as distant vistas including Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, surrounding mountains and open space, a secluded pond, the Pacific coast, and two of the Channel Islands. Park at Dos Vientos Community Park at Borchard Road and Via Las Brisas.

Map of This Hike

 
Detailed Hike Description & Photos:

Begin the hike by following the fenced trail to the southwest corner of the park, then cross Rancho Dos Vientos Drive.
A short neighborhood trail leads to the open space . . .
. . . and to a very nice single-track trail through the chaparral and coastal sage scrub.
10 or 15 minutes into the hike, after a turn toward the northeast, this is the view of Dos Vientos Community Park.
As the route turns southward again, trailside vegetation obscures the nearby homes.
After crossing Via del Rancho . . .
. . . the trail leads back into the chaparral.
A brief stretch of the hike is on a paved utility road.
Returning to the dirt trail, scenic Mugu State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains are visible on the left.
Soon, the Pacific coast comes into view.
After another street crossing at Rancho Dos Vientos Drive . . .
. . . the trail continues toward the west, then winds northward. Ahead and to the left, there are beautiful vistas of the open space and the Oxnard coast. The Dos Vientos residential area is to the right.
Many birds, including ducks and other waterfowl, can be seen as the trail passes "Twin Ponds".
Just before the trail splits off toward the east, there are great views of Camarillo.
The eastbound single-track trail descends into a Dos Vientos neighborhood, followed by a brief walk on a roadside trail, and one last street crossing (at Via Ricardo).
This last trail segment completes the loop, returning to Dos Vientos Community Park.