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

February 2007

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.

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

February 3

9:00 AM (E5 - T4.5)

TamaraOjai - Gridley to Nordhoff Peak

Sunday

February 4

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T2.5)

Steve: Calabasas Crest Loop

Sunday

February 4

1:00 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

GrahamSuper Bowl party at Graham's

Saturday

February 10

9:30 AM (E4 - T3.5)

RandySpace Mountain/Potrero Loop

Saturday

February 10

9:30 AM

CharlotteHike Punchbowls

Sunday

February 11

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

Ken: Cheeseboro/China Flats/Bell Canyon

Saturday

February 17

7:45 AM (More - Trails!)

CORBA Trail Work Day

Saturday

February 17

9:30 AM (E2 - T2)

Marizel: Reseda to Hub

Saturday

February 17

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T2)

JoannaParker Mesa Overlook from Reseda

Sunday

February 18

9:00 AM (E4 - T4.5)

TamaraChumash/Hummingbird

Saturday

February 24

9:30 AM (E3 - T3)

RandyGrasslands/Malibu Creek/Las Virgenes View

Sunday

February 25

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Saturday

March 10

8:00 AM (E5 - T5)

Steve: Epic Palm Canyon


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Steve - 805 402-3128

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@att.net

 

Ken - 818 590-8164

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   AftOnAGale@sbcglobal.net

 

Marizel - 818 590-8167

Joanna - 805 241-9772   JRogersmr@cs.com

 

Graham - 818 585-5368   gjm@socal.rr.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

Sunday, February 4: Super Bowl party at Graham's.   Who's playing in the Super Bowl this year? Who cares - we watch it for the commercials anyway! But if you do care, you can get a great view watching Graham's high def TV. Before the show Graham will be having a barbecue, and he'll provide the usual (shortbread, ice-cream, some hot dogs and hamburgers, some beer and soft drinks). Bring whatever you feel appropriate! He'll have another pool for those of you that feel lucky!

This year it's going to be the Bears against the Colts. Steve has a ride scheduled that day in nearby Calabasas on the new Millennium Trail, starting at 9:00 am and finishing around noon. For those of you who don't want to make the drive back west (or east) showers are available (he has a hose in the back yard - just kidding!) - stop by after the ride.

So Graham can get an idea of numbers, please RSVP, if you think it is fairly likely you can make it!

Directions:   6122 Lockhurst: Take 101 to the Mulholland/Valley Circle exit - head north (left over the freeway from Thousand Oaks) up Valley Circle. After 1.3 miles, turn right on Burbank by El Camino High School. Stay on the main road, which becomes Platt (don't turn right on the continuation of Burbank). Turn left at the fourth traffic light (about 1/2 mile) on to Calvert. Turn left on to Lockhurst after a couple of blocks, just past the stop sign. The house is on the left just past the red house, # 6122.
Phone: (818) 884 0998.

Saturday, February 17: CORBA Trail Work Day.   Come out and help build and fix up the trails we love to ride! It feels great to ride a trail you've helped build and maintain. For more information, visit the CORBA Trail Crew page. Work days usually last from 8 - 2:00. Be sure to wear suitable clothing (sturdy shoes, long pants and sleeves, hat, GLOVES) and bring snacks, sunscreen and WATER. CORBA will provide the tools and training. Time: 7:45 am.

Trailwork will be on the Ken Burton Trail in the Angeles National Forest near Brown Mountain.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, February 3: 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 9:00 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, February 4: Calabasas Crest Loop.   This trail is 90% singletrack, all of which has a firm and quite smooth tread, in other words, not at all technical. There is a lot of climbing on this ride so you will get good workout, but most of it is a moderate grade so its not too difficult. There are spectacular views from many places along the route. We start with a climb up the Bark Park Trail and then traverse the slope to get to the Calabasas Historic trail, next to the rapids, where we'll travel on the old missionary route, El Camino Real, for about a mile. Then we get onto the Calabasas Crest Trail that will take us up the grade and down the other side, ending next to Calabasas Country Club. This trail has some very tight switchbacks that everyone will find a challenge. After a snack, we'll head back, this time climbing to the dirt Gun Club Rd for a bit of a coast down until we meet the Bark Park Trail to return to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T2.5, 15 Miles and 2500 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

We're starting a little earlier than normal so we can get to Graham's Superbowl party in the afternoon.

Directions:   From the 101, turn south on Las Virgenes Rd. The entrance is about 1 mile from the freeway on the left (east) side.

Saturday, February 10: Space Mountain/Potrero Loop.   This is a great loop ride with lots of singletrack and switchbacks for your biking enjoyment. We start with a moderate climb up the Space Mountain singletrack. At the top we’ll continue across the Los Robles Singletrack all the way to Potrero Road. After a break we’ll make our way back along the same trail for a ways but cutoff onto Lynn Road for a short distance. For a shorter ride there is an option at this point to take another route back to the cars and bypass the last climb. For those that continue on it’s a moderate climb up the Rosewood singletrack that leads back up to the top. We’ll continue back along the Los Robles Trail down Space Mountain and through 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 = E4, Technical Rating = T3.5, 15 Miles and 3000 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

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, February 11: Cheeseboro/China Flats/Bell Canyon.   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 it's over to Bell Canyon where we'll take the Bell Canyon Single Track, a challenging rocky/rutted trail. Then finally back to the cars on fire road via Las Virgenes Canyon and one last climb up pump hill to get to Cheeseboro road. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 20 Miles and 2500 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Ken

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, February 17: Reseda to Hub.   We will start at the South end of Reseda (not at the Caballero Trail, but further up Reseda.) We will ride up to the top end of Dirt Mulholland and ride across the Temescal Ridge Trail to the Hub. We can also have the option of preceding the trail and connecting to a single-track path that takes us to a great view of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Pier. From that point, it’s back to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2, Technical Rating = T2, 6 Miles and 1000 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Marizel

Directions:   Take the 101 Fwy to the Reseda Blvd exit in Tarzana. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue up Reseda; pass the Caballero trail, up through/past the opening in the fence up to the paid parking area. Park just before the "white line" as the paid parking starts just beyond that white line.

Saturday, February 17: Parker Mesa Overlook from Reseda.   This is a scenic out and back ride with terrific views along the way and of the ocean and the islands at the Parker Mesa Overlook. We will start at the South end of Reseda (not at the Caballero Trail, but further up Reseda.) We will ride up to the top end of Dirt Mulholland and ride across the Temescal Ridge Trail to the Hub. From here will we ride past Eagles Rock and continue onto Trippet Ranch, then continues onto the Parker Mesa Overlook before turning around. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T2, 17 Miles and 3400 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Joanna

Directions:   Take the 101 Fwy to the Reseda Blvd exit in Tarzana. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue up Reseda; pass the Caballero trail, up through/past the opening in the fence up to the paid parking area. Park just before the "white line" as the paid parking starts just beyond that white line.

Sunday, February 18: Chumash/Hummingbird.   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. We make our way back to the cars on mostly fireroads. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, 13 Miles, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

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, February 24: Grasslands/Malibu Creek/Las Virgenes View.   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 for the hill-climb challenge we’ll bike to the dam and back along the same path out to Mulholland Road. From here we’ll cross over Las Virgenes Road and climb up the Las Virgenes View singletrack and take in the nice view from the top. It’s a fun ride back down the singletrack. Then we’ll hop back onto the Grasslands trail and peddle back to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 16 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

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.

Sunday, February 25: 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.

Saturday, March 10: Epic Palm Canyon.   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 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T5, 30 Miles and 2000 Feet of Climbing , About 6 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

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.

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

Saturday, February 10: Hike Punchbowls.   Come join us for a moderately paced hike that includes picturesque waterfalls, deep swimming holes and forested canyon trails. Hiking distance totals 7 miles roundtrip with 580 feet of elevation gain, numerous stream crossings and some rock hopping and a little bouldering. This used to be an easy dirt trail, but after the heavy rains a couple years ago, last time I was there, much of the trail was the stream. This is one of my favorites with the many waterfalls and streams! We will hike to the upper & lower waterfalls, and stop there for snacks. For those that don't mind the chilly water, this is a great place to swim! Bring at least 2 quarts water, light lunch/snacks, and hiking style boots...and a swimsuit for the adventurous. After our return, we may meet in town for a bite for those interested.  Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 5 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

For those that would like to carpool over from the Thousand Oaks area, we will meet at 8:30a.m. at the Jamba Juice in Moorpark on the New LA Ave in the Kohls shopping Center. Take 23 Fwy, exit on New LA Ave, turn left, proceed to shopping center on the left hand side. We will than take Grimes Canyon over to Santa Paula, at meet everyone at the trailhead @ 9:30a.m.

Directions:   Directions to trailhead: The hike starts at the entrance to Thomas Aquinas College on Highway 150. From Highway 126 take the 10th Street/Highway 150 exit in Santa Paula, and travel northwest 5.7 miles to the first parking area on the left and another 0.1 mile to the second parking area on the right. We will meet at the second parking area.