Paradise Falls – The most lively falls in all of the Valley
Past couple of hikes that we’ve been on have been progressively getting better and better! This place completely justifies name – Paradise Falls!
Unlike all the other waterfall hikes we’ve been on around Los Angeles this one actually has water! It appears that it’s a man-made fall, and most likely you will see the water running all year around. It’s a fairly easy going hike with two scenic options that worth checking out.
Southern California lack of fresh water is alarming, and any places spewing fresh agua naturally pleases the eye. In fact it’s fairly pleasant to hike to some waterfall and chill in the life-giving mist, instead of baking on the sun.
Paradise falls with kids
The amount of exclamation points used in the first paragraph reflects how awesome this place is. =) Seriously, we’ve seen people actually swim underneath the waterfall, not that we would recommend, but hey if that’s your thing… Anyhow, besides the scenic waterfall there is another great feature in this park – the “Lizard Rock” – which is located in walk-able proximity, and totally worth checking out.
We’ve noted several families hiking with children, however we would not recommend this hike to parents with toddlers and during the summer. The excessive heat can cause a heat-stroke, so stay mindful of the weather condition if you plan to hike the falls or the Lizard rock with your kids.
The Lizard rock in Wildwood park
Panoramic views opening from the top of the lizard rock are quite breath taking. You will definitely feel accomplished after this short but refreshing ascent.
Great, spacious paths, open spaces and breath taking views is something you can expect from Paradise Falls hike in Wildwood park. Enough said, get your hiking shoes out and head on out, right now! or on the weekend, you will have a great time, guaranteed! You can also combine the hike with Shaman’s cave (Cave of Munits), located on the way back to the valley.
Web: Hikes Peak
Trail head Address: Address: 928 W Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Parking: Free at the Trail Head + additional parking further in the park
Length: 50 min – 2 hours – tons of trails to check out