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Hiking the Lush Green Hills of Cheeseboro & Palo Comado Canyons

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A hike through the National Park Service's property in the Simi Hills will give you a different perspective about the surrounding landscape of Los Angeles. Recent rains help green the area in the Winter and Spring, but the soft and gentle rolling hills found within Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyons offer a chance for peaceful and calm hikes in a beautifully serene landscape. Although these two canyons are officially part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, it's just one of many gateways into this less-than talked about outdoors spot.

You won't find as many dramatic inclines and rock slopes like in the Santa Monica Mountains or Angeles National Forest. Don't let that fool you, though, the Simi Hills are noted as a great place for runners, mountain bicyclists and equestrians. A network of mostly well-maintained trails make the range seem endless, criss-crossing different park properties--running the gamut from locally to state to federally parks--from the western end of the San Fernando Valley to Thousand Oaks, all tucked between the Simi and Conejo valleys. Around 35 contiguous square miles are open to the public.

For those inclined to check the area out, one of the most useful guides is Trails of the Simi Hills, a waterproof map published by Wilderness Press.