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Picturesque South Coast Trail Opens New Facilities For Hikers

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If you’re looking for a new place to hike this weekend, you might like to try a picturesque trail on the South Coast, which has just opened parking and restroom facilities for hikers.

The United Water Conservation District’s Pothole Trailhead in Ventura County now has parking and a restroom for hikers who want to take the nearly 6 mile long picturesque hike near Lake Piru.

Chief Park Ranger Clayton Strahan says hikers may even get a view of California Condors in the area, as well as Golden Eagles. 

"Its just a great view when you get to the top of the Pothole Trail," he told KCLU News. 

"You can actually see both the Pacific Ocean, the Lake - and the Santa Clarita and Los Angeles basins. 

"And as a result of this joint project with the United States Forest Service we've been able to restore public access to that section of the National Forest," he said. 

The launch of the new facility gives direct access to the trailhead, thanks to the opening of the gate at the Juan Fernandez Boat Launch Area at Lake Piru by the U.S. Forest Service.

The new facility will save hikers a nearly 3-mile trek on Piru Canyon Road from the boat launch area to the trailhead. 

Visitors should be aware that Lake Piru Recreation Area charges a Day Use fee of $14 per vehicle and requires masks and social distancing, hikers receive a free pass to use the trail. 

The hike is the end of a new 400 mile long set of recreational trails called the Condor Trail.