Los Angeles: Chaparral Crest Loop

Test your map skills on this moderate 4.7-mile hike into the woodland maze along the Ventura River in El Nido Preserve.
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Test your map skills on this moderate 4.7-mile hike into the woodland maze along the Ventura River in El Nido Preserve.

Mapped by Carol Day

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.9

Waypoints

WCL001

Location: 34.4494667053223, -119.287368774414

Start W. Pack a compass: This park has a maze of trails--especially in river bottom sections

WCL002

Location: 34.4487609863281, -119.288162231445

Turn R @ 3-way

WCL003

Location: 34.4496612548828, -119.290916442871

Turn L onto Wills Canyon Trail

WCL004

Location: 34.4494209289551, -119.29118347168

Turn R. In .1 mi., turn L; head WSW into wash

WCL005

Location: 34.4465408325195, -119.293586730957

Turn R, following Wills Canyon Trail toward Ventura River

WCL006

Location: 34.4470405578613, -119.29566192627

River crossing, then cross Canal Rd.

WCL007

Location: 34.4506645202637, -119.296859741211

Pass bench along Wills Creek in oak woodlands

WCL008

Location: 34.4536743164062, -119.305847167969

Another wooden bench

WCL009

Location: 34.4527168273926, -119.310096740723

Turn L onto Chaparral Crest Trail to climb out of Wills Canyon

WCL010

Location: 34.4513816833496, -119.306358337402

Turn L @ T (still Chaparral Crest Trail)

WCL011

Location: 34.4424819946289, -119.301368713379

Turn L @ T; pass through gate; re-cross Canal Rd. In .1 mi., wander ENE through washouts, crossing brush-choked main channel three times

WCL012

Location: 34.4429893493652, -119.29712677002

Veer R in river bottom and bear NNE

WCL013

Location: 34.4461402893066, -119.292694091797

R @ 3-way; close loop @ WPT 4. Retrace route