Socal - Ventura County - Moorpark NickNames: #HappyCamp
Take any freeway to the 118 Freeway, exit Princeton Avenue, in the city of Moorpark. Turn north about 1/2 mile to Campus Drive, turn left to end of street. Park along street. Enter "Happy Camp Regional Park" through gate. Watch out for rattlesnakes and mountain lions. Also, no water is available, bring lots. Portable toilets are at the Broadway Avenue entrance to the east. Nearest phone is in the City of Moorpark about 5 minutes away. Thomas Guide page 476
Really sandy in summer. I assume all the horse traffic breaks up the soil.
I went from the lot to the trail split (appx 2 miles), then up the left trail, around the camp, and down the right trail.
Once you get to the split, forget the left and go right. The left side is too sandy - I took my bike for a nice walk. Then when you finally turn to cross the valley, (past the old campground), it's narrow and covered with brush, then very steep and chalky ground. My buddy got a tick.
If you go up the right trail, you have a mostly bike-able uphill, and you can go as far as you want on that road - even past the turn for the happy camp trail. FYI: going down the turn back to the other side of the trail is very steep with huge ruts in the path.
Elevation change is about 1500 ft, so the fun begins when you turn around and go back downhill! You can easily it 20 mph, and probably faster if the setting sun is not in your face and you're used to your bike. Makes the trek up and the sand all worth it!
It's also worth it for the wildlife. Tons of rabbits and lizards. I've also seen Eagles, Owls, Rattlesnakes, Squirrels, etc. In the spring, when the flowers are in bloom, you'll hear a background buzz from the bees.
The following is from the Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes:
27. Approval of an Amendment to Option and Lease Agreements regarding Happy Camp Canyon Regional Park and Golf Course and an Agreement for Payment of Water Surcharge and Fee-Happy Camp Canyon Regional Park. REQUIRES 4/5THS VOTE CONTNUED TO APRIL 3, 2001
28. Approval to Exercise an Option to Develop and Operate a Golf Course at Happy Camp Regional Park. REQUIRES 4/5THS VOTE CONTINUED TO APRIL 3, 2001.
Steve from Moorpark URL: Happy Camp might add golf