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Moonridge Trail, Paradise Falls, Indian Creek Loop

Easy three mile round trip, with a total elevation gain/loss of about 500 feet. Starting on Moonridge Trail, then past the tepee, and down to the waterfall. At Paradise Falls, there is a picnic table in the shade of an oak tree, and steps that lead down to the pool at the base of the falls. On the return, not far upstream, there is a tranquil picnic area at Little Falls - another great place to take a break. Hike out by way of Indian Creek Trail.

How to get there: Drive to the west end of Avenida de Los Arboles. Park in the lot at Arboles & Big Sky.

Map of This Hike

 
Detailed Hike Description & Photos:


Paradise Falls, a 37 foot waterfall, is probably the most popular hiking destination in Wildwood Park. This hike down to the waterfall starts in the south-east corner of the parking lot.

Walk down the steps and turn right. A "Moonridge Trail to Paradise Falls" sign points the way.

You will be walking south-west, with beautiful views of Wildwood Canyon below, and "Boney Mountain" in the distance.

The trail gradually descends until it crosses a small wooden bridge, then a gradual ascent until it reaches the service road from the inner parking lot.

Cross the road and continue on Moonridge Trail.

As the trail turns toward the north-west, you'll not only be seeing the canyon below, but Lizard Rock ahead in the distance,

and the volcanic outcroppings of Mount Clef Ridge to the right.

The trail descends on a set of wooden steps and crosses a small stream. The stream is usually running, but can be dry in times of drought.

Moonridge Trail ends at the utility road called North Tepee Trail. Turn left, toward the tepee.

The tepee is actually a shade stricture. There are benches and a drinking fountain.

At the tepee, there are directional signs. Follow the road to the right, downhill, then left on the trail to Paradise Falls.

Paradise Falls was formed by stream erosion. Above is hard volcanic rock, and below is clay shale. The stream is naturally fed by several springs in the park, but the springs are not sufficient to keep the water flowing year-round. Currently, the primary water source is street runoff from Conejo Valley gutters and storm drains. Although the waterfall is a beautiful sight, playing in the water is definitely not advised.

The picnic table, in the shade of an oak tree and overlooking the falls, can be a lovely place for a snack break.

Leaving Paradise Falls, take the path that follows the creek upstream.

Not far up the road is another great location for a break. It is "Little Falls Picnic Area". There are several picnic tables under the shade of numerous old oaks.

While at the picnic area, enjoy the pleasant sound of the nearby stream.

Continue walking on the road until you reach a junction with a sign pointing to the "nature center". Turn right and cross the wooden bridge, then left at the sign pointing to Indian Creek Trail.

Along Indian Creek Trail, turtles can often be seen on the stream banks below. Also look and listen for the many birds, including ducks and other water foul. Watch for frogs, squirrels and rabbits too.

There is one water crossing, but it is easy to cross by walking on the large rocks.

As you begin your ascent, listen and watch for Indian Creek Falls below.

The very lush section of trail covered with wooden planks is one of the natural springs in the park.

Back to civilization! At the trail intersection, turn left, walk past the sign, then take the left fork.

Follow the trail as it curves around and under the beautiful oak trees, then look for the steps back up to the parking lot.