To add extra mileage and views to a visit to Paradise Falls in Thousand Oaks, consider placing Lizard Rock on your itinerary. Lizard Rock rises five hundred feet from the canyon below to offer fine views of Stage Coach Bluff and beyond.
There are two trails to Lizard Rock from the park entrance. Stagecoach Bluff Trail runs along the rim of the canyon and is longer and more scenic with a few winding passages along the canyon wall. Mesa Trail is more direct and is the route you would actually want to drive a stagecoach down (if that was your mode of transportation). The trail is wide and runs straight up the gut of the park.
The trail to Lizard Rock
From just under the summit of Lizard Rock, take the left branch as it winds down to Wildwood Canyon. This is a shared trail, so watch out for bikers speeding down the switchbacks. The trail here is surprisingly steep. Attempting this hike in reverse requires much more effort.
The trail carves along the side of the canyon above a large water treatment facility that is downstream from Paradise Falls. Ahead you will enter a grove of Sycamores and come to the Skull Hollow picnic area. From here take Wildwood Canyon Trail as it passes through shade next to the Arroyo Conejo. This pleasant stroll will lead you straight to Paradise Falls.
It is a 2.5-mile trek from the main entrance to Paradise Falls via Lizard Rock. For the return, there are several of routes to choose from. Whichever route you take, the total round trip distance for this extended loop will be approximately 3.7 miles. No fee or permit is required, so get out and enjoy!
To get to the trailhead: take the 101 Freeway to exit 45 in Thousand Oaks. Drive north for 2.5 miles on Lynn Road. Turn left on Avenido de los Arboles and park in the lot at the end of the street.
Trailhead address: 928 West Avenida De Los Arboles, Wildwood Regional Park, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Trailhead coordinates: 34.220053, -118.902723
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