7.9 MRT Loop - Moderate (1,200' elevation gain/loss)
Our hike will begin by descending into the shady canyon through which the Arroyo Conejo Creek runs. The trail (an old dirt road) passes through a pleasant woodland of oak and walnut trees; we'll cross the creek four times (hiking poles are advised) before reaching the new (2005) Hill Canyon Wetlands, home of coots, mallards, herons, and pond turtles. Leaving the wetlands, we'll make our final "wet" stream crossing and then follow a route that will take us upstream through Wildwood Canyon and Paradise Falls. Then we'll hike up a fairly steep dirt road until it meets the Lynnmere Trail. Taking the west fork, we'll follow the trail around the north side of the mountain to the top of the mountain, affording us with a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. We'll then descend back to the original trailhead. Meet at 8 AM near Donut Delite at the corner of Madera and Royal. Bring 2 to 3 quarts of water, lunch and sunscreen. Wear boots.