• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyon

A dramatic sky over rolling hills
Photo courtesy of Herbert Petermann

The gently rounded hills and canyons of Cheeseboro and Palo Comado are older than the steeper, more recently formed Santa Monica Mountains and provide popular terrain for hikers, bikers, and equestrians.

For over 150 years, ranchers made these canyons their home. Many of the native plants, poorly adapted to heavy grazing, were replaced with European annuals such as wild oats, mustard, and thistles. Despite numerous years of cattle grazing, we can still find a variety of native plant communities, including chaparral, coastal sage scrub, and riparian woodlands.

You can stroll to Sulphur Springs or hike to the top of Simi Peak to view the cities you’ve left behind. Enjoy a picnic under the canopy of an oak or take binoculars to go birding. Oak trees and sedimentary rock areas provide excellent nesting sites for owls, hawks, and other raptors. Keep an eye out for deer, bobcats, coyotes, and rabbits.

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Site Bulletin and Trail Map

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trail Running
  • Horseback Riding
  • Picnicking
  • Birdwatching
  • Dog walking
Directions
5792 Chesebro Road, Agoura, CA 91301
GPS Coordinates for main parking lot entrance: N 34.1543 W -118.7339
Ventura Fwy (101) to Chesebro Rd exit. Turn north on Palo Comado Canyon Rd then right on Chesebro Rd. Go north 1 mile to park entrance. Turn right and follow road to parking lot.
Good to Know

Parking Yes Free. The main parking lot is open from 8:00 AM to sunset. You may still visit if the gate is closed (parking is available in front of the gate).
Restrooms Yes There are two vault toilets at the main parking area
Water No Bring your own water, as it can be very hot and sunny on the trails
Pets Yes Pets are allowed on leash and under control. Please pick up after your pet. Pets must remain on trail.
Accessibility No Parking lot and trails are unpaved. A universally accessible trail is currently being planned.
Cell Service Yes and No Cell service is available at the main parking lots but unreliable in the canyons.

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