9.8 MRT – Moderate to Strenuous (985′ elevation gain/loss)
Meet at 8 AM near Donut Delite at the corner of Madera and Royal.
Our hike will begin at the trailhead in the dirt parking lot at the east end of Broadway Road in Moorpark. We’ll follow a well-maintained trail beside the Rustic Canyon golf course one mile to the entrance to Happy Camp Canyon, “a lush riparian oak woodland with an intermittent stream.” We’ll then follow an old ranch road eastward as it rises gradually in the canyon bottom between Oak Ridge and Big Mountain. When we reach a pleasant oak grove with a picnic table and hitching rails we’ll take a rest-and-snack break after which we’ll return the way we came to the parking lot.