Fed by the Arroyo Conejo creek, 40-foot Paradise Falls is one of So-Cal’s most reliable year round waterfalls. While the waterfall is the park’s premier attraction, the walk to and from it is very enjoyable too with interesting geology, serene oak woodlands, deep canyons and Indian cave.
There are several trails to choose from in Wildwood Park. The route I chose loops to Lizard Rock to get your exercise and then to Paradise Falls. One quarter mile past the falls, the trail meets a junction. Continue another 0.2 miles to a four-way junction near Indian Cave. Straight ahead, a single track ventures up toward the cave. Take this short detour to climb through a small tunnel in the rock face that may have once be occupied by Chumash Indians. The trail to Indian Cave adds 0.2 miles round trip to the hike. If you want to take it easy, simply walk straight to the falls from the parking lot. Either way you will be pleasantly surprised by the beautiful falls. There is also a picnic bench by Paradise Falls which should be available if you come early enough. This trail gets a lot of visitors since it is right next to the city.
- Highlights: Beautiful 40 ft waterfall, rolling hills, views
- Near: Thousand Oaks, CA
- Distance: 5 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 600 ft
- Hike Time: 3 hours
- Difficulty: 4/10
- Trail Condition: Mostly well maintained trail
- GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<
- Dog Friendly: Yes
- Kid Friendly: Yes
- Restrooms: At the Meadows Picnic Area/nature center
Getting to the Trail Head:
From Los Angeles – Hwy 101 (north) to Moorpark Freeway (23 north) to Avenida Del Los Arboles (left) to parking lot.
Trail Detail Map