How to get to Corriganville Park, California

How to get to Corriganville Park in Simi Valley

The quarantine lockdown in Los Angeles started around March 2020 and since then we have not hiked. It's been challenging staying home on the weekends, thou we've been working all this time during the lockdown. I feel like the weekend is my bonding time with my husband and with nature, especially we only get to spend our time together every other weekend due to his work schedules. However, this stay at home order has made me realize how much I love staying home too. I get to enjoy cooking, taking care of my plants - this is something new and I'm obsessed about it! , and do more of my paintings. 

When the lockdown order was lifted and some hiking trails reopened I was overwhelmed with joy. A little bit worried but happy about it. We didn't want to expose ourselves that much so we only did a short hike in Simi Valley. 
Let's go!

How to get there:
Location: 7001 Smith Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Free

Route: Corriganville Park Loop Trail
Distance: 1.7 miles loop (back and forth)
Duration: 1 hour (back and forth, depending on pace)
Highlights: Rock Formations

It was just a 30 minutes drive from our place to Simi Valley with no traffic. Corriganville Park is a small park that is perfect for beginners. The parking lot is big and there were less than 5 cars parked but on regular days it's always advisable to start early for the hike. We were there at 10:30 am in the morning, that's how lazy we were and undecided for this hike. Good thing it wasn't that hot that day.

I like these giant trees lined up in the parking area.

This is where we started the hike, perfectly situated right beside the parking lot. 

A rock that looked like a dog sitting on its stomach. Do you see it?!

If you have kids they might find this park educational as they have fun facts about the trees along the trail.

The first part of the trail is looking great, lots of greens and shade too.

I didn't expect the trail to have such lively and green trees. We thought the summer sun has burnt all the grass and our scenery would be brown and crisp like the usual California trails in Summertime.

We turned right here as we want to see more of the trail and maybe getting on that dog-like rock formation we saw earlier. There's a picnic area after we turned right, a good spot to have a break or you can keep going. We thought it was the end of the trail but there was more as we get farther away from the trees. 

For me the real beauty of Corriganville Park starts here.

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Hiking tip: Invest in a great pair of hiking boots. We love our Columbia boots and no regrets.

We continued hiking the dirt road, and surprisingly most of the plants are alive and green here too.

My favorite part of the trail was the slight uphill and then slowly leads to a downhill trail. It's not a gruesome ordeal and it's fun and easy.

I have a feeling we're on top of the dog-like rock formation we found on the first part of the hike. I could be wrong or not, ahahaa.

From this point turning left will lead you back to the parking area.  But we wanted to see what's on the other side of the trail so we went right to explore more.

Turning right leads here! It goes straight to the residential areas, ahahaa. So we went back to the same path with happy grins marked on our faces.

As we head back to the trail with our boisterous laughter, we found another path that leads to somewhere unknown. The intersection that leads to the parking lot is just a few walks away from here but our toes are itching to know where this path goes. If you want to go back to your car take the left turn from this point.

And here it is, another dead end. 

One last look of Corriganville Park and we're heading back to civilization.

The intersection loop where we're supposed to turn but made a side trip to feed our adventurous souls.

Another great hiking adventure with my one and only champion of the world.

We took a bite of our packed sandwich and boiled egg under this tree before heading back. From here, we walked to the direction where my husband is facing as we wanted a different trail going back to our car. 

The hike ends here which is basically just another side of the parking area.

Wear your mask when you're near other hikers, it's a sign of respect. And of course, keep practicing social distancing when hiking.

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight, and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go to Escondido Falls in Malibu, California.

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