FIREPLACE BONUS: A 10-foot-tall, hand-carved wooden bear greets you at the entrance of Rustic Canyon General Store and Grill (2598 Sierra Creek Road. at the intersection with Kanan Road in Agoura) half a mile from Peter Strauss Ranch. Pass beneath chandeliers made from wagon wheels, and step up to the counter to order a hearty, pulled-pork sandwich. Get a beer from the tap, and relax on the patio fixed with antique, cast-iron stoves. On cold evenings, the store will put out a bucket of logs so you can keep the outdoor fire burning.
Take the 101 Freeway to Agoura Hills to exit 36 for Kanan Rd. Drive 3 miles south on Kanan Rd. to Troutdale Rd. (one block before Rustic Canyon Grill) and turn left. Drive to the next intersection, turn left on Mulholland Hwy., and make an immediate right into the park entrance. Park in the free lot and walk west along Mulholland Hwy. over Triunfo Creek to reach the ranch. Follow the road south past the ranch house to a sign pointing in two directions for Peter Strauss Trail. Go straight to hike the loop in a clockwise direction. Head into the forest and turn right at the first junction. Switch up then down the hillside to the stone amphitheater just above the ranch. Turn right to complete the loop. Use this trail map. Dog-friendly!