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

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Map and Site Information: Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyon

Hikers can find solitude in remote sections of Cheeseboro Canyon.

This area of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is actually in the Simi Hills. At over 4,000 acres in size, this park provides valuable habitat for an abundance of wildlife, including several species of raptors (bird of prey), coyotes, bobcats and even mountain lions. Situated just north of Highway 101, it also provides a source of open space for wild animals to potentially connect with the habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains. For over 200 years, ranchers made these canyons their homes, changing the landscape. Due to heavy grazing, much of the native vegetation was replaced by European annuals such as wild oats and mustard. Today, the land has a chance to rejuvenate, but evidence of past use still remains.

Restrooms, Dogs on leash, Picnic Tables, Easy hiking, Moderate hiking, Strenuous hiking, Biking, Horseback riding, Wildlife viewing
During wet years, Cheeseboro can look vastly different than the dry years seen in the above picture.

Site Info and Map

Trail Map (PDF -255K)
Current Weather

Directions

5792 Chesebro Road, Agoura, CA 91301

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.

GPS Coordinates for main parking lot entrance: N 34.1543 W -118.7339

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The marker shows the entrance to the main parking lot.

Did You Know?

The adult female of this cub died in 2005.

A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.