885 St. Charles Dr. #11, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
805 373-8824 e-mail: mtbikesman@aol.com
web site: http://www.nrmbc.org

November 2006

The Endurance Rating rates distance, climbing & pace of the rides.   E1 represents the lowest level of exertion needed to complete a ride. And E5 represents the highest level of exertion needed to complete a ride.

The Technical Rating (how smooth/rocky):

T1

Mostly smooth & wide

T2

Mostly smooth but variable width

T3

Predominately uneven surfaces & somewhat rocky

T4

Long segments with rocky and uneven surfaces

T5

Extensive segments with rocky & uneven surfaces with possible drops & exposure


Summary

Thursday

November 2

7:45 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

Steve: Sycamore Canyon at Night

Saturday

November 4

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

Ken: Backbone: Kanan to Corral Canyon

Saturday

November 4

9:00 AM (E2.5 - T2.5)

Marizel: Los Robles and Base of Space Mountain

Sunday

November 5

9:30 AM (E3 - T3)

JoannaGrasslands - Short Bulldog Loop

Tuesday

November 7

6:15 PM

Hike Las Virgenes Canyon

Thursday

November 9

7:45 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

Steve: Cheeseboro at Night

Saturday

November 11

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

Steve: Ojai - Rancho El Nido Preserve (Intermediate)

Saturday

November 11

9:30 AM (E2.5 - T2.5)

WendyOjai - Rancho El Nido Preserve (Novice)

Sunday

November 12

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

BobSycamore: Sin Nombre-2 Foxes-Guadalasca-Backbone

Tuesday

November 14

6:15 PM

Hike to Old Cabin Site

Thursday

November 16

7:45 PM (E3.5 - T4)

Steve: Triunfo Canyon Trail at Night

Saturday

November 18

8:00 AM

Trail Maintenance Workshop

Saturday

November 18

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

WendyCaballero/Sullivan Canyon

Saturday

November 18

9:30 AM (E5 - T4.5)

TamaraOjai - Gridley to Nordhoff Peak

Sunday

November 19

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Friday

November 24

9:30 AM (E3 - T1.5)

RandyCheeseboro/Ahmanson Ranch Loop

Saturday

November 25

9:30 AM (E4 - T4.5)

TamaraSanta Barbara - Romero Canyon

Sunday

November 26

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3)

BobWood Ranch / China Flats

Thursday

November 30

7:45 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

Steve: Cheeseboro at Night

Sunday

December 10

12:30 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

Steve: NRMB Holiday Barbecue


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Steve - 805 402-3128

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@att.net

 

Ken - 818 590-8164

Bob - 805-584-6831   goodtobebob2005-99@yahoo.com

 

Marizel - 818 590-8167

Joanna - 805 241-9772   JRogersmr@cs.com

 

Wendy - 818 522-0840   cyberdivachick@yahoo.com


The Fine Print

By riding with the North Ranch Mountain Bikers I understand and accept the following:

? I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death.

? I understand there is no charge for the bike rides.

? I understand that the trails the North Ranch Mountain Bikers ride may not be verified for safety or ridability.

? I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on.

? I understand that the ride leaders accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride.

NEWS FOR EVERYONE

Saturday, November 18: Trail Maintenance Workshop.   Basic trail maintenance for volunteers. All day, free! Lunch will be provided. To be held in Malibu Creek State Park. Call Frank Padilla at 818-865-0612 to make sure there's space. More info

 Time: 8:00 am.

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. Tell the entrance attendant that you are attending the workshop. You should not have to pay a parking fee.

Sunday, December 10: NRMB Holiday Barbecue.   The annual holiday cellebration will be at Steve Clark's house, preceded by an easy and an intermediate ride in Sycamore Canyon.

This year there will not be a gift exchange.

Bring something to barbecue, something to drink, and if you like, something to share so Randy won't starve. There will be no gift exchange this year, but there will be a hot tub so bring your swimming gear if you'ld like to take a dip. But don't bring a gift!

The barbecue will start immediately after the intermediate ride, or about 12:30 if you don't go on one of the rides first.

Directions:   The party is in Newbury Park. The address will be emailed to everyone.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, November 4: Backbone: Kanan to Corral Canyon.   This is an out and back ride that is 100% singletrack and 200% fun. We will ride the Backbone singletrack approximately 7 miles to the parking area at the top of Corral Canyon. This trail has a lot of ups and downs and is quite technical in some sections. We’ll stop at the parking area for a while and take in the view. The ride back to the car will proceed along the same trail. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 14 Miles and 2600 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Ken

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Kanan exit in Agoura Hills. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Take Kanan for several miles until you reach the third tunnel (don't forget to count them). Park in the paved parking area just before the tunnel. If you are coming from PCH then look for the parking area just after the first tunnel on the left.

Saturday, November 4: Los Robles and Base of Space Mountain.   We'll start riding down Moorpark Road and Los Padres Drive and the fun begins at the single-track of Los Padres Trail. Then we'll ride at the Los Robles Trail going towards the east side, turn around at anytime, and go down some more single-track trails. Then we'll ride at the base of Space Mountain (Spring Canyon Trail), and arrive at the end of trail. From that point, we'll ride on the pavement of Capitan Street, Lynn Road, and Greenmeadow Avenue. The last part of the ride is going on the whoop-dee-doos, and will be a great way to end the ride and to head back to our cars by riding back on Greenmeadow Avenue. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T2.5, 10 Miles and 500 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Marizel

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Moorpark Road exit in Thousand Oaks. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Take Moorpark till it dead-ends at Greenmeadow Avenue and park in the dirt lot on the right.

Sunday, November 5: Grasslands - Short Bulldog Loop.   We’ll bike over to Malibu Creek State Park via the Grasslands trail. Once inside the park we’ll proceed along the main fireroad, which passes through a fairly short but technical rocky streambed. After a short stop at the M*A*S*H site we’ll tackle the first 1.25 miles of Bulldog. After the steep but fairly short climb up Bulldog we’ll cut off onto Lookout Fireroad that will bring us down to a paved road in the Malibu Lake area. Then we’ll take Crags Road to a back entrance of the park and peddle back to the cars via the same path as before. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 14 Miles and 2100 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Joanna

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Park in the lot for DeAnza Park located on the northwest corner of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.

Saturday, November 11: Ojai - Rancho El Nido Preserve (Intermediate).   This ride covers very diverse environments including oak forests, river beds, grasslands, a grove of orange trees and unbelievable ridgeline views of the whole area. This ride is basically two loops that overlap in the middle, forming a figure 8. We start by crossing the dry Ventura River and riding up Wills Canyon, climb a fireroad over to Rice Canyon to the north where it’s all downhill on fireroad and singletrack. Then it’s through the orange grove and back up the first leg of the loop. This time we'll ride up a steep fireroad to reach the Preserve Highpoint and Lake Casitas overlook, retrace our steps a little to ride down the ridgeline Chaparral Crest Trail, down the steep and rutted Fern Grotto Trail, and back out to the cars.  Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 12 Miles and 1700 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

Last time we rode here, we took a very rocky then steep trail on the second loop. We're going to skip those sections this time.

Directions:   Take the 33 north from the 101 towards Ojai. At the intersection with Hwy 150 (Baldwin Rd), about 11 miles from the 101, turn left, then turn right after three blocks onto Rice Road. Watch carefully for Hwy 150 - it's not well marked. Once on Rice Road, drive north about 1.5 miles to the Riverview trailhead on the left, across the street from a large horse coral. It takes about 45 minutes to drive there from Thousand Oaks.

Saturday, November 11: Ojai - Rancho El Nido Preserve (Novice).   This ride covers very diverse environments including oak forests, river beds, grasslands and a grove of orange trees. It's not very difficult and a ton of fun! We start by crossing the dry Ventura River and riding up Wills Canyon, climb a fireroad over to Rice Canyon to the north where it’s all downhill on fireroad and singletrack. Then it’s through the orange grove and back to the start of the loop and around for a second time before we retrace our path across the dry riverbed to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T2.5, 10 Miles and 1200 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

Directions:   Take the 33 north from the 101 towards Ojai. At the intersection with Hwy 150 (Baldwin Rd), about 11 miles from the 101, turn left, then turn right after three blocks onto Rice Road. Watch carefully for Hwy 150 - it's not well marked. Once on Rice Road, drive north about 1.5 miles to the Riverview trailhead on the left, across the street from a large horse coral. It takes about 45 minutes to drive there from Thousand Oaks.

Sunday, November 12: Sycamore: Sin Nombre-2 Foxes-Guadalasca-Backbone.   We start on the connector trail and take it over to the asphalt hill. We then descend to the Sycamore Canyon Fire Road, pick up the Sin Nombre ST & merge back into the main FR. Then we’ll ride the Two Foxes ST & take a right onto the Wood Canyon FR. We continue to the base of Guadalasco, climb it, and come down the Backbone ST to the main FR. We begin our return by going up the main FR, up Two Foxes, up Sin Nombre, up the main fire road, up the asphalt hill. From the top it’s a short ride back to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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

Saturday, November 18: Caballero/Sullivan Canyon.   We begin with a moderate to somewhat difficult climb up the Caballero singletrack to dirt Mulholland. Then we head east along Mulholland a couple miles till we reach the Sullivan Canyon cutoff. From here it's a fun, fun, fun downhill all the way to the canyon’s end. The climb out of the canyon is mostly moderate and will proceed along the same trail as before. As a finale we’ll descend Caballero back to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 20 Miles,, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Reseda Blvd. exit in Tarzana. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue up Reseda a couple of miles and park on the street at the trailhead. If you come upon the Braemar Country Club you've gone a little too far.

Saturday, November 18: Ojai - Gridley to Nordhoff Peak.   This is a beautiful out and back ride on 85% singletrack that affords some spectacular views along the way. The ride begins with a fairly technical and difficult climb up a short connector trail. The first half of the main trail is a moderate climb and passes through several avocado groves. The second half of the main trail narrows and steepens a bit with many switchbacks. At the top of the saddle we’ll cutoff onto a fairly short but very steep fireroad that leads to an old fire lookout tower. The views from the top make the climb up worth the effort. Since this is an out and back ride, those who tire can turn back at any time and coast back to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T4.5, 15 Miles and 3400 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to Highway 33, just a bit west of Ventura. Continue north on the 33 for approximately 13 miles until the road branches and take Highway 150 to the East. Pass through the town of Ojai and make a left (north) onto Gridley. Park at the end of the road.

Sunday, November 19: Santa Rosa/Wildwood Loop.   We start by climbing the hill behind CLU and traverse across the ridge toward the nursery for a quick warm-up. After a short stop we’ll retrace our tracks and cut-off onto the Santa Rosa trail that leads into Wildwood Park. This is a very fun singletrack that is moderate to fairly technical. There are some great views of the Santa Rosa Valley along the way. Once down in Wildwood we’ll head out towards Lizard Rock via the Stagecoach singletrack or the fireroad (your choice). From here we will take the Lizard Rock singletrack down to the valley floor and head on to the falls. Then there’s a fairly steep but relatively short climb up the beginning part of the Lynn Muir trail. After the climb there is a lot of fun to be had on the rest of the singletrack, which leads out to Lynn Road. From here it is just a short road ride back to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 13 Miles,, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lynn Road exit in Thousand Oaks. At the end of the off-ramp proceed north. Take Lynn for several miles (it will turn into Olsen Road) until you reach Mountclef Blvd. (at CLU). Park on the street at the northwest corner of Mountclef and Olsen.

Friday, November 24: Cheeseboro/Ahmanson Ranch Loop.   We’ll start at the bottom of Cheeseboro; ride over to Las Virgenes Canyon, then up the singletrack to the north access road and into Ahmanson Ranch. From there we’ll ride to the end of the east access road on Vanowen Street, and back into Ahmanson and loop around the Laskey Mesa. Then it’s back to the Las Virgenes Canyon singletrack, up the horse track and back to Cheeseboro Canyon. This ride is 90% on fireroads. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T1.5, 18 Miles,, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

For those who want to burn off Thanksgiving calories and avoid the shopping crowds, this is the place to be.

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Chesebro exit in Agoura. Head north and make a right on Chesebro Road. Follow the narrow road one-mile and turn right at the park entrance. Continue up the paved road 1/4 mile to the top parking lot.

Saturday, November 25: Santa Barbara - Romero Canyon.   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. Come prepared to have lots ‘n lots of fun. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, 13 Miles and 2400 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

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 0.25 mile. Park on the side of this road.

Sunday, November 26: Wood Ranch / China Flats.   We start with a gradual climb up the Sunset Hills singletrack to the Lang Loop Fire Road where we turn left. We proceed up a short (0.1 mile) walk-a-bike that turns into a gradual climb and turn right up another fire road. From the top, we descend the fun Ridgeline Singletrack, connect back with a fire road and continue to the bottom. Then it's up Albertson Fire Road to Cheeseboro, a quick loop around China Flats, then back down. We continue towards Lang Ranch but cut off up a moderately steep fire road, down and up a little, to the top of a singletrack. It drops us down to the parking lot. There’s a 30 min extension along a cool singletrack, along the ridge that parallels Long Canyon, for anyone that wishes to do a little more. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

Directions:   Take the 101 or 118 Freeway to the 23 Freeway and exit at Olsen Rd. At the end of the off-ramp proceed east. If you pass a golf course you went the wrong way. Proceed to Wood Ranch Parkway and turn right (South). Park in the paved parking area where this street dead-ends.

NIGHT RIDES

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday Nights.  See Summary Section of the Newsletter for meeting times, ride times are 15 minutes later. The lengths of all rides are between 10 & 15 miles with ride times of 1.5 - 2.5 hours. Lights are needed for the months of September to May. During the summer months they may not be needed, but it's a good idea to bring them just in case there's a delay. The specific routes taken for the night rides will be determined at the trailhead.

Meeting Locations for Evening Rides:

Backbone from Kanan at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Kanan exit in Agoura Hills. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Take Kanan for several miles until you reach the third tunnel. Park in the paved parking area just before the tunnel.

Cheeseboro at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Chesebro exit in Agoura. Head north and make a right on Chesebro Road. Follow the narrow road one-mile and turn right at the park entrance. Park in the lower, paved parking lot (the gate to the upper lot is closed and locked at sunset).

Grasslands at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Park in the lot for DeAnza Park located on the northwest corner of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.

Lang Ranch/Albertson at Night.   Exit the 101 Freeway on Westlake Blvd and head north for about 3 miles. When you go past the North Ranch Community Center you will go downhill and the first traffic light is at the corner of Westlake and Lang Ranch Parkway. Turn right onto Lang Ranch Parkway and drive about 0.8 miles to where the pavement ends and Albertson Fire Road begins.

Lang Ranch/Sunset at Night.   Heading north on the 23 toward Simi, get off at Sunset Blvd and turn right. Continue straight until just before you get to the guard shack. Park in the lot on the right.

Reseda at Night.   Due to the extra drive, we will meet @ 6:15 and ride by 6:30. Meeting place: Take the 101 Freeway to the Reseda Blvd. exit in Tarzana. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue up Reseda and park at the Caballero trailhead. Trailhead is on the left. If you pass the Braemar Country Club you’ve gone too far.

Space Mountain at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Moorpark Road exit in Thousand Oaks. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Take Moorpark till it dead-ends at Greenmeadow Avenue and park in the dirt lot on the right.

Sycamore Canyon at Night.   Steve Clark’s house 3168 Holloway Ct. (Take Wendy Drive towards Sycamore Cyn - about a mile after Kimber turn left onto Holloway - Steve’s house is on the right.)

Triunfo Canyon Trail at Night.   Exit the 101 Freeway going south on Westlake Blvd. Go south for about a mile and then turn west (right) on Triunfo Canyon Road. This will lead you to Triunfo Park. Turn left onto Tamarack St and turn into the second parking lot on the left. The ride starts at the far west end of the park.

Wildwood at Night.   Take the Lynn Road exit, off of the 101 Fwy in Thousand Oaks, and go north until you come to Avenida De Los Arboles. Turn left and go about 1 mile to the end. From Simi Valley, go west on the 118 Fwy and then south when it turns into the 23 Fwy. Get off on Avenida De Los Arboles and go right for about 2 miles to the end. Hang a U-turn at the end (watch for opposing traffic) and then turn right into the dirt parking lot.

HIKES

Tuesday, November 7: Hike Las Virgenes Canyon.   We will start hiking up Las Virgenes Canyon, and depending on the route chosen will hike on up the fireroad, or alternate trail. This will be a moderate hike, approx. 5 miles, on some fire road and single track. Elev. gain will be 300 to 600, depending on the route. Bring the usual, flashlights, water, food, radios, wear hiking boots, etc. Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2.25 Hours

Directions:   From the 101, exit Las Virgenes and turn North (away from the ocean). Proceed approximately one mile to the deadend.

Tuesday, November 14: Hike to Old Cabin Site.   This will be a moderate hike, approx. 7 miles, with almost all of it on fire road. We will head up the hiking trail, cross the stream and on up to the Old Cabin Site and return. Bring the usual: flashlights, water, food bars, radios, wear hiking boots, etc.  Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2.75 Hours

This will be our last regularly scheduled hike for this year. Time to take a break for the holiday season! So let's end our hikes where we started, a trip up to the old cabin site one last time.

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