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

March 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

March 3

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

WendySycamore: Sin Nombre-2 Foxes-Guadalasca-Backbone

Sunday

March 4

9:30 AM (E3 - T3)

RandySpace Mountain to the Picnic Table

Sunday

March 4

12:30 PM

RandyKite Fly In

Saturday

March 10

8:00 AM (E5 - T5)

Steve: Epic Palm Canyon

Saturday

March 10

9:30 AM (E3 - T1)

CharlotteOjai - Sulphur Mountain

Sunday

March 11

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyBackbone: Kanan to Corral Canyon

Saturday

March 17

9:30 AM (E4 - T3)

Steve: Backbone West from Decker Rd

Sunday

March 18

9:30 AM (E3 - T4)

WendyCaballero/Rogers Road Modified

Saturday

March 24

8:30 AM (More - Trails!)

CORBA Trail Work Day

Sunday

March 25

9:00 AM (E4 - T4.5)

TamaraCheeseboro/Bell Canyon

Sunday

March 25

9:00 AM

RandyFargo Street Hill Climb

Saturday

March 31

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T2.5)

Steve: Bark Park - Grasslands Loop

Sunday

April 1

9:00 AM (E5 - T3)

TamaraMalibu Creek - Bulldog - Tapia


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Steve - 805 402-3128

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@att.net

 

Wendy - 818 522-0840   cyberdivachick@yahoo.com

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   AftOnAGale@sbcglobal.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

Saturday, March 24: 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: 8:30 am.

This month the trailwork will be on the Conejo Trail in Newbury Park, between Reino Rd and Dos Vientos. This is the
trail we worked on
a couple of years ago with the IMBA Trail Crew.

Meet at 8:30 am at the trailhead parking on west side of Reino Road between Maurice Drive and Paseo de Leon. Look for the open gate near the storm retention basin.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, March 3: 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 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

Please note this is a slower paced ride and is a low intermediate 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.

Sunday, March 4: Space Mountain to the Picnic Table.   Space Mountain to the picnic table, then return the same way, with a detour through the Whoop De Doo Trail on the way back to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 7 Miles and 1460 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 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, March 4: Kite Fly In.   Join us for our 6th annual Kite Fly in!

Get out your paper, sticks and glue or just go buy a kite. It is time for our 6th annual kite fly-in. After a short ride with Randy, 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”!!!). It's a fun day in March. The Kite fly-in is right after the scheduled ride sometime around noon.
 Time: 12:30 pm. Orginizer: Randy

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.

Saturday, March 10: Ojai - Sulphur Mountain.   This 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. At the top we’ll take a break. Then it’s 9 glorious miles of DOWNHILL back to the cars. Wow, what a great finale!!! Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T1, 18 Miles and 3000 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Charlotte

This is a great ride for all levels of riders, as if you get tired of climbing or seeing the beautiful area, you can turn your bike around and coast back to the cars! After the ride we can grab a bite and a beer at one of the local pubs.

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 Mountain Road.

Sunday, March 11: 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 9:30 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: Randy

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, March 17: Backbone West from Decker Rd.   We'll ride a few hundred yards on Decker Rd to get to the base of Etz Meloy Motorway, a future segment of the Backbone Trail. The first hill is pretty steep and a lot of people will push up it, but it gets to the top of the ridge pretty quickly and then we'll have spectacular views in all directions, including into Hidden Valley and Lake Sherwood. After 2.6 miles on the fireroad, we'll cross Yerba Buena Rd to get onto the singletrack Backbone Trail and ride it 4.5 miles to the base of the the Mishe Mokwa Trail. We'll turn around here and retrace our path, with a possible extra 0.6 mile segment, each way, to the top of Yellow Hill on a very rocky fireroad. An easier option on the way back is to take Yerba Buena/Little Sycamore Canyon Rd back instead of the Etz Maloy Motorway. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T3, 16 Miles and 2660 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

Directions:   Exit the 101 Freeway at the Westlake Blvd and head south. About 3.5 miles past Potrero, turn left onto Mulholland and park on the shoulder. If you come to a stop sign with Mulholland on the right, you have gone too far; turn around and drive back 1.5 miles to the northern leg of Mulholland. Westlake Blvd south of Potrero is a slow, twisty road so be sure to allow plenty of time to arrive on time.

Sunday, March 18: Caballero/Rogers Road Modified.   We begin at the top of Reseda and start with a short, quick climb on a single track up the hill. From here it is a moderate climb on fireroads up to the hub and onto a fun singletrack that leads to Roger's Road. We will proceed along Roger’s Road, a moderate singletrack, and stop at the Old Oak Tree. The route back to the cars will mostly retrace our earlier path and add a fun descent down Caballero. If you do not want to ride back to the top of Reseda, then you will want to shuttle your bike from Caballero to the top of Reseda. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T4, About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

Note that this will be at a slower pace than the usual ride and so has a lower "E" rating. This is a low intermediate ride.

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, March 25: Cheeseboro/Bell Canyon.   We will begin with an easy to moderate climb up the Sulphur Springs Trail to Shepherd’s Flat. Then it’s a short ride east on the connector trail, which takes us to a strenuous climb up the power line fireroad. We will descend down the other side and cutoff onto a singletrack that goes though a portion of Bell and Las Virgenes Canyons. Then it’s another strenuous climb up Gaspipe to Sheep's Corral. From here it’s all downhill back to the cars via the Sulphur Spring Trail. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, 18 Miles, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

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, March 25: Fargo Street Hill Climb.   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% grade. Fargo Street is off of Allesandro St. near where the Glendale Fwy begins (or ends) in the Silverlake area. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2 Hours , Ride Leader: Randy

Saturday, March 31: Bark Park - Grasslands Loop.   This ride is a cross-country dream - easy to moderately steep climbs followed by similar descents on firm singletrack. We start with a short road ride to get to the Bark Park Trailhead, climb to the new Millennium Trail and head south, continuing past the top of the Las Virgenes View Trail to the top of the Pyramid Switchbacks. We'll retrace our tracks to the Las Virgenes View Park Connector Trail and ride down to the bottom of Las Virgenes View Trail, then return to the start on the Grasslands Trail. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T2.5, 13 Miles and 2100 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

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, April 1: Malibu Creek - Bulldog - Tapia.   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 Tapia Spur Connector trail back to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T3, 18 Miles and 3800 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Because the Castro Crest Motorway is now blocked, we'll take the shortcut to Corral Canyon from the top of Bulldog that will shave off a couple of miles or so.

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 fee for parking inside the park. Otherwise you can park in the dirt area on the corner of Las Virgenes and Mulholland. Start in the last parking lot by the restrooms inside the park.

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.)

Trippet Ranch to Overlook at Night.   Take the 101 Fwy to the Topanga Blvd exit. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue up Topange approx. 5 miles until you reach Entrada which is the entrance to the park on the left. Follow Entrada to the park entrance.

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.