Hike to the Teepee, Paradise Falls and Indian Cave at Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks

One hiking experience that everyone in the Conejo Valley and neighboring areas has to experience is Wildwood Park. With 14 trails covering 17 miles in the nearly 1,800 acre park managed by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency, there is plenty to see and do in Wildwood Park.

One particularly fun and fairly easy family hike at Wildwood takes you from the main parking lot at the west end of Avenida de los Arboles to the Teepee, Paradise Falls and Indian Cave. Take the Mesa Trail about a 3rd of a mile until you see the sign below, then take a left.

Another third of a mile and you're at the teepee, where you'll find another clearly marked sign pointing you in the direction of Paradise Falls.

Another third of a mile and you're at the teepee, where you'll find another clearly marked sign pointing you in the direction of Paradise Falls.

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Hike down some switchbacks and stairs and you'll see be at the beautiful Paradise Falls. Always a fun place to take the kids, though we're warned not to go into the water, which is largely urban runoff.

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But it is sure popular and enjoyable to sit back and enjoy this year-round waterfall that is so nicely hidden yet so close to hustle and bustle of suburban Thousand Oaks.

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The Indian Cave is roughly half a mile east of Paradise Falls and can be access from the trail directly above the Falls or by hiking back up to the teepee and going the other direction.

Trail adjacent to Paradise Falls that takes you towards the Indian Cave

Trail adjacent to Paradise Falls that takes you towards the Indian Cave

A quarter of a mile or so and you'll see the sign below.

Here's the sign indicating you are near the Indian Cave in Wildwood Park

Here's the sign indicating you are near the Indian Cave in Wildwood Park

Another 100 yards or so and you've reached the staircase that will take you up to the Indian Cave.

Another 100 yards or so and you've reached the staircase that will take you up to the Indian Cave.

Large enough to actually hang out in, though the last time we walked in there were signs of rodents.

Large enough to actually hang out in, though the last time we walked in there were signs of rodents.

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You can literally climb through the cave to an exit at the top and hike your way up to a connector trail that will lead you back towards the parking lot. My kids love this and so do I!