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

December 2006

During the rainy winter months, if the ground is wet, call the ride leader on the morning of the ride to see if it's been relocated to a drier trail. There may also be a notice on the web site (http://www.nrmbc.org), but don't rely on that. Also, if you plan to join a night ride, phone or email the ride leader to make sure he or she knows you're coming, otherwise the ride could be cancelled.
 

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

Saturday

December 2

9:30 AM (E3 - T2.5)

Steve: North Kenter Whoops

Sunday

December 3

9:30 AM (E3.0 - T3.0)

BobCheeseboro/China Flats Loop

Thursday

December 7

5:45 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

Steve: Space Mountain at Night with NightGrinders

Saturday

December 9

9:30 AM (More - Trails!)

CORBA Trail Work Day

Sunday

December 10

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

Steve: Sycamore Canyon/Overlook to the Beach

Sunday

December 10

10:00 AM (E2.5 - T1.5)

Marizel: Sycamore: Wood Canyon Fire Road Loop

Sunday

December 10

12:30 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

Steve: NRMB Holiday Barbecue

Saturday

December 16

7:30 AM (E5 - T4.5)

RainerEpic Pinyon Flats

Saturday

December 16

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyTriunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA

Sunday

December 17

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.0)

BobSherwood Forest / Space Mtn / Rosewood

Saturday

December 23

9:30 AM (E4.5 - T4)

RandyNorth Ranch Rim Trail

Saturday

December 30

9:00 AM (E5 - T5)

TamaraSanta Barbara - Little Pine (Advanced)

Sunday

December 31

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3)

RandyWildwood/Lynnmere


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Steve - 805 402-3128

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@att.net

 

Marizel - 818 590-8167

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

 

Rainer - danzaff@pacbell.net


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

Thursday, December 7: Space Mountain at Night with NightGrinders.   North Ranch will will be doing a dual club night ride with the NightGrinders. It should be a lot of fun and a great way to meet new riders in our area. We'll be meeting at The Los Robles trail at the south end of Moorpark Rd off the 101. Also, we'll be having dinner at a close place called Los Dos Amigos on Thousand Oaks Blvd. Meet at 5:45 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

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.

Saturday, December 9: CORBA Trail Work Day.   Come out and help build and fix up the trails we love to ride on! It's a rewarding feeling to ride a trail you've helped build and/or maintain. For more information, visit

http://www.corbamtb.com/website/html-programs/programs-trailcrew.html

Work days usually last from 8 - 2:00. Be sure to wear suitable clothing (sturdy shoes, long pants and sleeves, hat, GLOVES suggested) and bring Snacks, Sunscreen and WATER. CORBA will provide the tools and training.

Rain Policy: Heavy rain cancels - drizzle and/or rain the PREVIOUS days does NOT! Organized by CORBA - Available to EVERYONE Time: 9:30 am.

This month the trailwork will be on Rogers Road and is a joint CORBA and Santa Monica Mountains Trail Crew event.

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, December 2: North Kenter Whoops.   The whoops and jumps here come in various sizes so everyone can have fun, regardless of experience! We start with a 1.5 mile ride on the North Kenter (East Mandeville) fireroad, or the more technical ridgeline single track that runs parallel, before riding along the street for 3/4 miles. After another 3/4 mile on the fire road, we turn onto the whoops single track that runs through a jump park. We'll play in this area for awhile before riding back up the fireroad to our cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T2.5, 10 Miles, About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

It's been a couple of years since we last rode this area. We should ride here again before the homeowners manage to close it down.

Directions:   From the 101, turn south onto Balboa Blvd, then left onto Magnolia Blvd and right onto Hayvenhurst Ave. Two blocks past Ventura Blvd, bear right, staying on Havenhurst. After 3 - 4 blocks, turn right onto Escalon Dr and follow it around to Encino Hills Dr where you turn right. After less than a block Encino Hills meets Mulholland; take the right fork and park. The trailhead is about 250 yards up the road.

Sunday, December 3: Cheeseboro/China Flats Loop.   We start up the main fire road and continue up the Sulphur Springs trail to Shepherd’s Flat. Then we take the connector trail, west, to the spot that overlooks Palo Comado Canyon. We go up Palo Comado until we come to the top of China Flats. The loop around the top of China Flats is both beautiful and easy. Then we retrace our tracks and enjoy some fun downhill all the way back to the cars.
 Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.0, Technical Rating = T3.0, 15 Miles and 1800 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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.

Sunday, December 10: Sycamore Canyon/Overlook to the Beach.   We begin with 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 a moderate 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 then ride the Overlook Fireroad for several miles and enjoy some excellent downhill and ocean views. Then we get back onto the main road and bike the remainder to the beach. We’ll take a break at the beach. Bring a buck for the soda machine. Then it’s back up the main trail over to Two Foxes and on up the dreaded asphalt hill. From the top it’s just 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, 26 Miles and 3700 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

We'll start at Steve Clark's house instead of the regular trailhead. Directions to Steve's can be found after the description of the holiday barbecue which follows the ride. We probably won't go to the beach this time because we'll need to get back for the barbecue.

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.

Sunday, December 10: Sycamore: Wood Canyon Fire Road Loop.   We start off on the connector trail that leads to Big Sycamore Canyon Road. We’ll descend down into the canyon and climb up to the water tower on the paved Ranch Center Drive . From here it’s a fun decent down Wood Canyon. When we get back to the Sycamore Canyon Road we’ll head back along the fire road and climb up the asphalt hill. From the top it’s just a short ride back to the cars. Meet at 10:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T1.5, 13 Miles and 1700 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Marizel

We'll start at Steve Clark's house instead of the regular trailhead. Directions to Steve's can be found after the description of the holiday barbecue which follows the ride.

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, December 16: Epic Pinyon Flats.   One of the most spectacular rides in Southern California, it starts high above the city of Palm Springs, with approximately 30 miles of mostly single track and a few miles of often sandy fire road. The first few miles hugs the canyon wall and can be very technical, with protruding rocks and cacti. A misjudgement here can hurt. Next comes the desert single track with numerous washes, some of which we'll walk through, giving us the time to soak in the gorgeous desert flora showing off their spectacular color schemes.

Don't be fooled into thinking that loosing over 4000' of altitude on the ride will make it easy - IT ISN'T! This very long and demanding ride is suitable only for riders with strong technical skills and high endurance. Because this is a desert environment, bring twice as much water and food as you expect to need. Slime in the tires is required, but bring spare tube(s) and patch kits as well. It gets dark early at this time of year so it wouldn't hurt to have lights, too.

This is a shuttle ride. In order to plan, we must know in advance who's going to be riding with us. Sorry, but we may not be able to accomodate people who want to come at the last minute. Meet at 7:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T4.5, 30 Miles and 1000 Feet of Climbing , About 6 Hours
, Ride Leader: Rainer

Expect to finish the ride shortly before the sun goes down.

Directions:   Get onto the I-10 heading east. Take the Gene Autry Trail exit (right after the Indian Ave exit) and drive south through Palm Springs to E Palm Canyon Drive. Meet in the Rimrock Shopping Center near the Von's where we'll form our shuttle groups for the drive to the trailhead. Distance from Thousand Oaks is 153 miles and is expected to take 2.5 hours to drive.

Saturday, December 16: Triunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA .   In the fall of 2005, the hard working trail builders rerouted the single track leading from Triunfo Park to the east COSCA area. It's much improved. We will start at Truinfo Park and climb up into the east COSCA area and work our way up to the infamous "Decent of Death" (most of us will walk this part. Then will have some fun single track out to where we can see Lake Sherwood. Then we head south to the main fire road and climb the Vista Loop Trail to the single track leading down to the base of Space Mountain. It’s down the fun Whoop de Doos and then up through Little Sherwood Forest and then back track to the Triunfo Canyon Trail singletrack via the Los Robles East fireroad. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   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.

Sunday, December 17: Sherwood Forest / Space Mtn / Rosewood.   We start by riding a few blocks on pavement and pick up the “Sherwood Forest” Singletrack off of Los Padres Drive. At the top, we turn right at the fire road and continue on until we take another single track that takes us back towards Space Mountain. Then it’s a moderate climb up the Space Mountain Singletrack. At the top we’ll continue across the Los Robles Singletrack until we get to the picnic table. After our break it’s time to catch some thrills as we make our way down the Rosewood Singletrack to Lynn Road. After a short jaunt on pavement we are back on dirt again. This portion of the trail has a few ups and downs and connects with the whoop-de-doo trail that leads back to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.0, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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.

Saturday, December 23: North Ranch Rim Trail.   How about a ride that starts where this bike club started years and years ago? Lets bike along the northern edge of North Ranch moving east until we get to Dead Cow Road. Then we ride over to the new trail above Double Tree in Oak Park. This leads us back to the bottom of Suicide and back into Oak Park (is that the real name?). Then, instead of backtracking the way we came, there is a new trail just off Falling Star that gets us back to the area above North Ranch and then we backtrack to our cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.5, Technical Rating = T4, 15 Miles, About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   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 turn right onto Lang Ranch Parkway. The trailhead is about 300 yards east of Westlake Blvd on Lang Ranch Parkway.

Saturday, December 30: Santa Barbara - Little Pine (Advanced).   Climbers, this is your ride: 13 miles of steep fireroad. You will, however, be rewarded for your effort by a 6-7 mile super-sweet, super-technical singletrack that descends down a beautiful canyon. From the Lower Oso parking lot we’ll climb approximately 4 miles up a steep fireroad, alongside a scenic riverbed, to the Cameusa Connector trail turnoff. From here we will continue climbing 2 more miles to a fork in the road and continue up the left fork for another 4 miles to a section of switchbacks known as "The Wall." From the top of The Wall it's another 2 - 2½ miles of moderate climbing to the Water Tower. We’ll continue along the saddle of the mountain from the Water Tower for about 1 - 1.5 more miles to the top where we'll enjoy some lunch and take in the scenic view of the Santa Barbara foothills, Cachuma Lake and, even the ocean on a clear day. Now comes the very narrow and very technical 6-7 mile singletrack decent. You also have the option of going back the down the fireroad to the parking lot if you don't feel up to the singletrack. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T5, 20 Miles and 3800 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Directions:   Take the 101 north to Santa Barbara and exit "154/Lake Cachuma". Go straight through the signal light, crossing Hollister Ave. This road will curve around to the left and leads to another major signal intersection, turn right. This is Hwy 154. The 154 will head up and over the mountain. Once you cross a very long bridge look for the Paradise Road turn-off, and turn right. Drive several miles to the Forest Ranger kiosk, in the middle of the road, where you can purchase an Adventure Pass. Continue straight across the cement bridge through the riverbed and park in the Lower Oso parking lot on the right by the bathrooms. Here's where we'll meet to start our ride. Plan for a 1.5 to 1.75 hour drive to get there from Thousand Oaks.

Sunday, December 31: Wildwood/Lynnmere.   Wildwood is a great place for an easier ride. There's a lot of neat riding (single track, fire road, creek crossings, and a small waterfall). We'll head out towards Lizard Rock via the fire road. At the base of Lizard Rock, there's a short hill that we'll be walking. From here we'll take the singletrack, that has a few technical sections (all walkable), down to the valley floor and head on to the falls for a short break. Then there's a climb up the Lynn Muir trail with lots of fun to be had on the singletrack that leads out to Lynn Road. After a couple miles of road riding we'll end up back at the main Wildwood parking lot. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3, 7 Miles and 1000 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

An easy ride before the New Year's Eve Party

Directions:   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.

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.