The hills around Upper Las Virgenes Canyon
near Agoura Hills really know how to pour on the mustard. Giant patches of the bright yellow flower festoon the area. And it’s not the only hue with mojo. Nightshade, filaree, and winter vetch add splashes of purple. See all these blooms on an easy 5-mile out-and-back canyon hike via the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Trail. The partially shaded path overlaps a gurgling creek lined by oaks, willows, and sycamores (including one impressive sycamore with a trunk that was hollowed out by fire; step inside for a photo op). Right on cue for Easter, cottontail rabbits can be spotted everywhere. When the trail nears the back of the canyon and begins to climb, you’ve reached your turnaround point. Cha-spring!
Take US-101 west of Calabasas to exit 23 for Las Virgenes Rd. Turn right at the end of the ramp and drive north for 1.4 miles to the end of Las Virgenes Rd. where the trail begins. Hike 1/3 of a mile and turn left, heading up the canyon. A mile from the start, stay to the right past a connector trail to Cheeseboro Ridge and continue along the creek for another 1.5 miles to a point where a trail splits off to the left and the road begins to climb. Turn around instead and return by the same route along the canyon bottom. Dog-friendly!