North Ranch Mountain Bikers   

885 St. Charles Dr. #11, Thousand Oaks, CA  91360 

805 373-8824  fax:  702-548-7197   e-mail:  mtbikesman@aol.com

web site:  http://www.nrmbc.org  webmaster: hoag.wen@verizon.net 

 

March 2004

 Calendar of Events

 

           Tuesday                 March 2                   6:00 p.m. («««)...................................................................... Grasslands/Malibu Creek

           Thursday                March 4                   6:00 p.m. (««««).......................................................................................... Lang Ranch

         Saturday                 March 6                  9:30 a.m. («««««).................................................. Tamara:  Bulldog/Tapia Loop

         Sunday                    March 7                  9:30 a.m. («««½).......................................................... Tamara:  Sycamore Canyon

         Sunday                    March 7                  9:30 a.m. (««½).............................................................. Joanna:  Sycamore Canyon

           Tuesday                 March 9                   6:00 p.m. («««)...................................................................................... Space Mountain

           Thursday                March 11                 6:00 p.m. (««««)............................................................................................. Sycamore

         Saturday                 March 13               9:30 a.m. (««««½).......................................................... Tamara:  Romero Canyon

         Sunday                    March 14               9:30 a.m. (« & «««)................ Ginni & Randy:  Space Mountain & Kite Fly-In

           Tuesday                 March 16                 6:00 p.m. («««)............................................................................................. Cheeseboro

           Thursday                March 18                 6:00 p.m. (««««)................................................................... Grasslands/Malibu Creek

         Saturday                 March 20               9:30 a.m. (««««)................................................. Randy:  Chumash Hummingbird

         Sunday                    March 21               9:30 a.m. («««).................................................. Joanna:  Cheeseboro/Baleen Wall

         Sunday                    March 21               9:30 a.m. («)................................................................................... Ginni:  Grasslands

         Sunday                    March 21               8:30 a.m. .............................................................................. Mark Hike:  Sespe Creek

         Sunday                    March 21               9:30 a.m. ................................................................................ Fargo Street Hill Climb

           Thursday                March 23                 6:00 p.m. («««)............................................................................................. Lang Ranch

           Thursday                March 25                 6:00 p.m. (««««)................................................................................... Space Mountain

         Saturday                 March 27               9:30 a.m. (««««)....................................................... Randy:  Assault on Simi Peak

         Sunday                    March 28               9:30 a.m. («««)................................................. Tamara:  Ojai – Sulphur Mountain

           Tuesday                 March 30                 6:00 p.m. («««)................................................................................................ Sycamore

         Sunday                    April                       9:30 a.m. (JJJJJ).................... NRMB 16th Anniversary Treasure Hunt Ride

         Thurs - Mon          May 13 - 17            ................................................................................................................................... Moab

 

RDR = Ride Difficulty Rating: 

One star represents an easy ride for beginners. 

Five stars represents a difficult ride that is for advanced riders.

 

News for Everybody: 

Sunday, March 14th:  Kite Fly-In. Get out your paper, sticks and glue or just go buy a kite.  It is time for our 4th annual kite fly-in.  After a short ride at Space Mountain we'll have lunch and then meet at Randy’s apartment and hike up fireworks hill where we’ll find out who in the club is the most skilled “flyer”. (Or should that read, “who has the most hot air”!!!) Then it’s back for some hot tubbing.  A fun day in March.  Kite fly-in is right after the rides.

 

Sunday, March 21st 9:00 am: The Fargo Street Hillclimb.  As seen on TV!  Fargo Street is reputedly the steepest hill in LA and cyclists can rarely pass up a challenge like that.  Therefore, once a year, for as long as anyone can remember, cyclists meet at the hill to see who can meet the test.  It's only a couple of blocks long, but at over 30% gradeFargo Street is off of Allesandro St. near where the Glendale Fwy begins (or ends) in the Silverlake area.

 

April:  NRMB 16th Anniversary Treasure Hunt Ride.  Can you believe it has been 16 years since the club started?  Get ready for one more NRMB Treasure Hunt Ride.  More details next issue.

 

May 13 – 17:  Moab!  Need I say more!!!  Join us for 3 glorious days of mountain biking at its finest.  Day 1:  Slick Rock.  Day 2:  Porcupine Rim.  Day 3:  Amassa Back.  There are even some easier rides in the area for any less aggressive riders that are interested in going, such as Gemini Bridges and Klondike Bluffs.  Please let Tamara know if you are interested in going so we can coordinate lodging and carpooling.  Also planned is a hike to Delicate Arch on Sunday afternoon and if there’s enough interest, we might even do a little river raft trip on the Colorado Saturday afternoon.

 

Randy's Renowned Rides:

Saturday, March 20th:  Chumash/Hummingbird Loop.  When Tam tried this ride last January it was freezing.  We will make a moderate to difficult climb up a fairly technical singletrack, a.k.a. Chumash.  When we reach the fireroad at the top we will descend the Rocky Peak fireroad a few miles till we meet up with Hummingbird.  The descent down this singletrack is lots of fun but can be rather technical and steep in some sections.  This is a loop ride that is approximately 13 miles round trip and should take about 3.5 hours to complete. Meeting time is 9:30 a.m.    RDR = ««««

 

Directions:  Take the 118 Freeway to the Yosemite Avenue exit in Simi Valley.  At the end of the off-ramp proceed north to Flanagan and make a right.  Park on the side of the road at the end of Flanagan. 

 

Saturday, March 27th:  Assault on Simi PeakWould you like a ride to test your heart and lung power?  This is your ride.  We start up Cheeseboro, cross over to China Flats and then ride over to the base of Simi Peak.  It is eight minutes of gut busting pedaling or about 14 minutes of pushing your bike to the top.  Either way it is worth the effort to get to the tallest peak above the Conejo Valley.  Then we descend down Dead Cow Road and stop for lunch at El Pollo Loco.  This is the only ride where we eat lunch on the ride. Then we’ll cross back over into Palo Camado and over again into Cheeseboro Canyon.    RDR = ««««

 

Directions:  Exit the 101 Freeway at the Chesebro off ramp in Agoura, go north for about a mile and turn to the right when you get to the park entrance. Go up the short road to the dirt parking lot. This is the place. Meet time is 9:30 a.m.

 

Tamara's Titillating Treks:

Please contact Tamara if you are interested in guest leading a ride.  If you have a favorite trail that we’ve not done before and you’d like to share it with the group let me know and we’ll work out the details.

 

Saturday, March 6th: Bulldog/Tapia Loop.  Since this ride was rained out last month let’s try for it again.  This is loop ride with beautiful vistas of both the mountains and the ocean.  The climb up bulldog is rather difficult due to its steepness and length, approximately 3.7 miles to the top.  From here we will climb the Castro Crest fireroad and meet up with the rather technical Backbone singletrack that leads to the Corral Canyon parking lot. Continuing on, we’ll take Mesa Peak, which has several good climbs and descents.  There is a great downhill to be enjoyed once we reach the Tapia fireroad.  This fireroad ends at Malibu Cyn Rd just south of Tapia County Park.  Then we’ll take the newly opened Tapia Spur Connector trail back to the cars.  This ride is approximately 20 miles round trip and should take about 4.5 hours to complete. Meeting time is 9:30 a.m. and ride time is 9:45 a.m.    RDR = «««««

 

Directions:  Take the 101 Freeway to the Las Virgenes Road exit in Calabasas.  At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean.  The park entrance is on the West Side of the road just south of Mulholland.  There is a $5.00 parking fee for parking inside the park.  We will assemble in the last parking lot by the restrooms.

 

Sunday, March 7th:  Sycamore CanyonWe start off on the connector trail that leads to Big Sycamore Canyon Road.  We’ll descend down into the canyon and take Sin Nombre over to Sage and make the climb up to the water tower.  From here it’s a fast and fun decent down Wood Canyon.  Then it’s another climb up to the top via Guadalasca.  We’ll ride the fireroad over to Backbone and enjoy another great decent.  After a short jaunt on Two Foxes we’ll head up the main fireroad and climb up the dreaded asphalt hill.  From the top it’s just a short ride back to the cars.  This ride is approximately 20 miles round trip and should take about 3 ½ hours to complete. Meeting time is 9:30 a.m. and ride time is 9:45 a.m.    RDR = ««« ½

 

Directions:  Take the 101 Freeway to the Wendy exit in Newbury Park.  At the end of the off-ramp proceed south on Wendi until it dead-ends at Potrero RoadPark in the adjacent dirt parking area.

 

Saturday, March 13th:  Romero Canyon.  This is a great ride and ranks as one of my personal favorites.  We start with a moderate climb up a fireroad that affords some spectacular views of the Santa Barbara area and the ocean beyond.  A couple miles up, the fireroad narrows to a very fun singletrack.  The climb up the singletrack is mostly moderate but does have some fairly technical sections along the way.  This is an ‘out and back’ ride so anyone wishing to head back can turn around at any time and coast all the way down the mountain to the cars.  Bring a snack for our stop at the top of the pass. This ride is about 15 miles round trip and should last approximately 3.5 - 4 hours.  Come prepared to have lots ‘n lots of fun.  Meeting time is 9:30 a.m. and ride time is 9:45 a.m.    RDR = «««« ½

 

Directions:  From Thousand Oaks, take the 101 Freeway to the Sheffield exit in Summerland, just past the Big Yellow House Restaurant.  At the end of the off-ramp make a right and proceed to East Valley Rd.  At East Valley Rd make a left and then a quick right onto Romero Cyn Rd.  Stay on Romero Cyn Rd until you come upon Bella Vista Dr.  At Bella Vista make a right and continue up approximately ¼ mile.  Park on the dirt on the side of this road.

 

Sunday, March 28th:  Ojai - Sulphur MountainThis is the perfect Spring ride – a beautiful out and back along a country fireroad amongst grazing cattle.  The first half of the ride is a moderate, non-technical nine-mile climb up a fireroad.  Along the way there are spectacular mountain vistas to spy to the North, Lake Casitas to the West, and the Pacific Ocean to the South.  Let’s pray for a clear day and lots of spring wildflowers.  At the top we’ll stop for a snack and some pictures.  Then it’s 9 glorious miles of DOWNHILL back to the cars.  Wow, what a great finale!!!  This ride is approximately 18 miles round trip and should take about 3.5 hours to complete.  Meeting time is 9:30 a.m. and ride time is 9:45 a.m.    RDR = «««

 

Directions:  Take the 101 Freeway to the 33, just a bit west of Ventura.  Continue north on the 33 for approximately 7 miles and make a right onto Sulphur Mountain Road.  If you reach the town of Oak View you’ve gone too far.  Park at the end of Sulphur Mtn Rd, this is our meeting spot.

 

Ginni’s Gentle Get-Aways:

Sunday, March 14th, 9:30 am:  Space Mountain/Back of Space Mountain & Kite Fly-In. We’ll meet in the parking lot at Randy’s apartment & bike to Space Mountain. He will lead a 3 star ride up Space Mountain and I will lead a 1 star ride up the back of Space Mountain. We will meet back at the parking lot where we will trek up Fireworks Hill for our 3rd annual Kite Fly-In. (see front page). Then it’s into the hot tub. Join us for a fun-filled day.    RDR = « &  «««

 

Directions:   From the 101 take the Moorpark Road exit and turn right (north). Turn left on Wilbur Road and right on St. Charles Dr. Enter at the 2nd entrance to Charter Oaks Apts on the left.  Park in the back.

 

Sunday, March 21st, 9:30 am:  Grasslands.  The trail begins at Juan Bautista De Anza Park and meanders along until we reach the main part of Malibu Creek State Park. We'll go down into the park and either turn around and go back or continue on to the old MASH set and then on to the dam.  Then it’s off to lunch.    RDR = «

 

Directions:   From the 101 Fwy, take the Lost Hills Road exit, in Calabasas, and go south for about 1 mile. Turn right into the De Anza Park lot (free) or park on the road.

 

Charlotte’s Crusades: (cell: 805-890-1234):

Sunday, March 21st:  Tar & Sespe Creeks lead by Mark Robinson:  Meet at 8:30 am at the Chevron gas station in Fillmore at the intersection of Highway 126 and A Street.  An adventure pass is required for each vehicle that is parked at the trailhead.  (This Chevron sells Adventure Passes; cost is $5 per vehicle pass.)  Some of us will meet locally to carpool to Fillmore as well.   Difficulty:  Difficult – 10 miles; 1800 ft elev. gain, with bouldering.

 

The Tar and Sespe Creeks in the Condor Sanctuary in the Los Padres National Forest is another great hike. .  Mark Robinson is going to lead us on this spectacular hike that will include pools, cascades, waterfalls, sculptured sandstone boulders, frogs, flowers, and great mountain views!  Bring swimwear, lunch, and radios.  This will be an ALL DAY adventure

 

Directions to Meet:  Directions from T.O. to the Chevron Station.  Take Hwy 23, to the 118 (Old LA Ave) through Moorpark.  Just outside of Moorpark, turn right on Grimes Canyon.  This is a windy road, and changes names a couple of times, but just keep following it until you reach Fillmore and the 126 Hwy intersection.  The Chevron station is at the corner of A Street & 126, which is the same intersection you are on.  (Directions from the 101, take Hwy 126 to Fillmore.... stop at the Chevron gas station in town!)

 

Tuesday’s 3 Star Night Rides.  Meeting time is 6:00 p.m. and ride time is 6:15 p.m.  The length of all rides is between 10 & 15 miles with ride times of 1½ – 2½ hours.  The specific route taken will be determined at the trailhead.

Charlotte’s Cell #:  (805) 890-1234

Charlotte’s e-mail: Twirlygal2@aol.com

 

Tuesday, March 2nd: Grasslands/Malibu Creek.   Meeting place: paved parking lot at De Anza Park in Calabasas.

Tuesday, March 9th:  Space Mountain.  Meeting place: dirt parking area at the south end of Moorpark Road.

Tuesday, March 16th:  Cheeseboro.  Meeting place:  lower paved parking lot at Cheeseboro.

Tuesday, March 23rd:  Lang Ranch.  Meeting place:  trailhead at the north end of Westlake Blvd.  (W.B. ends at Autumn Ridge Drive.)

Tuesday, March 30th:  Sycamore Canyon.  Meeting place:  Steve Clark’s house.  3168 Holloway Ct.  (Take Wendy Drive towards Sycamore Cyn…about a mile after Kimber is Holloway at the stop sign…turn left…Steve’s house is on the right.)

 

Joanna's Joyous Jaunts:

Sunday, March 7th: Sycamore Canyon.  Let's join Tamara's group in the most gorgeous of the local places to ride: SYCAMORE CANYON!!  We will descend down the canyon, ride through the fun and wild Sin Nombre and 2 Foxes Trails and then loop back to the cars .... and off to Baja Fresh, I expect. Meeting time is 9:30 a.m. and ride time is 9:45 a.m.  This ride is approximately 13 miles round trip and should take about 3 hours to complete.  Joanna’s home phone (most accessible) 805 241-9772 or cell phone 804 479-3087.  RDR = «« ½

 

Directions:  Take the 101 Freeway to the Wendy exit in Newbury Park.  At the end of the off-ramp proceed south on Wendi until it dead-ends at Potrero Road.  Park in the adjacent dirt parking area.

 

Sunday, March 21st:  Cheeseboro/Baleen Wall.  Come join me on a 3* adventure. The ride up Baleen Wall Trail is a moderate, fireroad climb all the way to the top.  Then, of course, there’s the usual fun run down through Sulphur Springs.  This ride is approximately 11 miles round trip and should take about 3 hours to complete.  Meeting time is 9:30 a.m. and ride time is 9:45 a.m.  RDR = «««

 

Directions:  Take the 101 Freeway to the Chesebro exit in Agoura.  Head north and make a quick right on Chesebro Road.  Follow the narrow road one-mile and turn right at the park entrance.  Continue up the paved road ¼ mile to the top parking lot.  We will assemble there.

 

Alan’s Afterdark Adventures:

Thursday’s 4 Star Night Rides.  Meeting time is 6:00 p.m. and ride time is 6:15 p.m.  The length of all rides is between 10 & 15 miles with ride times of 1½ – 2½ hours. The specific route taken will be determined at the trailhead. Please call or e-mail Alan before all night rides to confirm (Otherwise, risk not being notified of any changes to the ride).

Alan’s Cell #:  (805) 405-1331

Alan’s e-mail: alan.sturm@verizon.net

 

Thursday, March 4th:  Lang Ranch.  Meeting place:  trailhead at the north end of Westlake Blvd.  (W.B. ends at Autumn Ridge Drive.)

Thursday, March 11th: Sycamore Canyon. Meeting place: Steve Clark’s house 3168 Holloway Ct.  (Take Wendy Drive towards Sycamore Cyn…about a mile after Kimber is Holloway at the stop sign…turn left…Steve’s house is on the right.)

Thursday, March 18th: Grasslands/Malibu Creek.   Meeting place: paved parking lot at De Anza Park in Calabasas.

Thursday, March 25th:  Space Mountain.  Meeting place: dirt parking area at the south end of Moorpark Road.

 

 

That's all for this newsletter.  Say St. Patrick’s Day, Bob.  "Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Bob!"  

Hey Tam, do I make your Irish Eyes Shine?   "Crocodile tears until you leave!”

And I will see you in the saddle,