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April 2007

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

Sunday

April 1

9:00 AM (E5 - T3)

TamaraMalibu Creek - Bulldog - Tapia

Tuesday

April 3

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike Long Canyon

Saturday

April 7

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

WendyReseda/Sullivan Canyon - Out & Back

Sunday

April 8

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Tuesday

April 10

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike Las Virgenes Canyon

Saturday

April 14

8:45 AM

CharlotteHike Zuma Canyon

Saturday

April 14

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

Steve: Ojai - Rancho El Nido Preserve (Intermediate)

Sunday

April 15

9:30 AM (E4 - T4.5)

RandyCheeseboro/Simi Peak/Dead Cow Rd & Lunch

Tuesday

April 17

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike Backbone Trail to Stunt

Saturday

April 21

9:30 AM (E2.5 - T3)

WendyCheeseboro to Lookout

Sunday

April 22

9:30 AM

RandyNRMB Treasure Hunt Ride

Tuesday

April 24

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike to Old Cabin Site

Saturday

April 28

8:30 AM (More - Trails!)

CORBA Trail Work Day

Saturday

April 28

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

Steve: Sycamore Canyon/Overlook to the Beach

Sunday

April 29

8:30 AM (More - Trails!)

CORBA Trail Work Day

Sunday

April 29

9:00 AM (E4 - T5)

TamaraStrawberry Peak Loop


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

Sunday, April 22: NRMB Treasure Hunt Ride.   Can you believe it is time for the Treasure Hunt Ride to celebrate the 19th Anniversary of the NRMB? For 2007 it will be in Sycamore Canyon. Jackie and Graham have created the trivia questions and Joe Sedatto has laid out a long and short ride in Sycamore. As usual, photos taken along the ride will show where to look for the baggies filled with trivia questions. Time: 9:30 am. Ride Leader: Randy

After the ride we will adjourn to Burger Express in Newbury Park where the scores will be added and the prizes awarded. Burger Express is located at 2410 Newbury Road. Go south on Wendy and turn right on Borchard. Then right on Michael and left on Newbury Road.

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, April 28: 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 is the 26th annual Santa Monica Mtns Trail Days in Sycamore Canyon. You can help out for a day or the whole weekend. Camping is available starting on Friday night. If you want to camp or join in on the free dinner, please RSVP by April 23. See the CORBA Trail Crew page for more information.

Sunday, April 29: 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 is the 26th annual Santa Monica Mtns Trail Days in Sycamore Canyon. You can help out for a day or the whole weekend. Camping is available starting on Friday night. If you want to camp or join in on the free dinner, please RSVP by April 23. See the CORBA Trail Crew page for more information.

WEEKEND RIDES

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.

Saturday, April 7: Reseda/Sullivan Canyon - Out & Back.   From the South end of Reseda we will ride up to Dirt Mulholland and continue on with a moderate climb over to Sullivan Ridge. After a short descent down the Sullivan fireroad we’ll cut-off onto the fun and moderately technical Sullivan Canyon singletrack and ride down to the gate at the bottom. From here, we will retrace our tracks back to the cars. There is an option at end of the ride to ride down the more challenging Caballero singletrack instead of fireorad. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 15 Miles, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

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, April 8: 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

It got rained out last month so lets give it one more try!

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, April 14: 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

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, April 15: Cheeseboro/Simi Peak/Dead Cow Rd & Lunch.   This is the only ride where we eat lunch on the ride and then try to finish after you are stuffed and tired. We start at Cheesebro, head up to Palo Comado Road and then up to China Flats. Then comes the hardest climb around. But even if you have to push every inch it is worth the climb. You can see for miles in every direction. Then we descend down and continue further down on Dead Cow Road (Don’t you just love these names?) We have lunch at El Pollo Loco and then head over to the old Jordan Ranch, climb back to the connector trail and descend back down Cheesebro. Bring money for lunch. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Simi Peak is just an option.

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, April 21: Cheeseboro to Lookout.   We will begin with an easy to moderate climb up the Sulphur Springs trail to Shepherd’s Flat. From here we’ll take the Palo Comado connector trail over to the lookout spot. Then we’ll turn around and enjoy some fun downhill all the way back to the cars via the same route as before. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T3, 10 Miles and 1100 Feet of Climbing , About 2 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

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, April 28: 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 9:30 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

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, April 29: Strawberry Peak Loop.   The ride starts with a 3 mile fireroad climb up Josephine Road. At the top of the fireroad we’ll ride around Strawberry Peak on a newly rebuilt singletrack that clings to the mountainside. The trail has a lot of exposure, although not too technical, some may want to walk extended sections. After 2 miles of contouring, there is a fun, swooping descent before the trail climbs another 2 miles up a switchback singletrack. Then it’s time to hang on for the descent of your life; with lots of exposure, the singletrack curves in and out with views of the highway way, way below you. Eventually the trail heads away from the cliffs and you can let go of the brakes and enjoy some whoop-de-doo jumps down to the road. The last 5 miles follows the upper section of the Gabrielino Trail where exposure is no longer a factor. This section has lots of fun corners and rocky sections to enjoy before ending at Switzer’s campground. Lastly, there is a steep one mile road climb back to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T5, 14 Miles and 3000 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Directions:   From the intersection of I-210 and CA2 in La Canada, take CA2 (Angeles Crest Highway) north into Angeles National Forest. After 9 miles of twisting roads, you'll reach the intersection with Angeles Forest Highway. The parking lot for Switzer is on the right. Park here. Note: A National Forrest Adventure Pass is required to park here.

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.

HIKES

Tuesday, April 3: Night Hike Long Canyon.   This hike has many scenic spots with panoramic views and several ascents and descents, the exact route to be determined the eve of the hike. This is a moderate hike of 5 miles. 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 , Hike Leader: Charlotte

It is that time of year again! Time to start up the weekly Tues eve hikes. Come on out for some night hikes where we start out in the light, watch the sunset, and fade into the dark with our trek back at night.

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.

Tuesday, April 10: Night 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 , Hike Leader: Charlotte

It is that time of year again! Come on out for some night hikes where we start out in the light, watch the sunset, and fade into the dark with our trek back at night.

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

Saturday, April 14: Hike Zuma Canyon.   Zuma Canyon is a personal favorite as it includes many beautiful waterfalls, and 95% of the hike is done up near or in the stream. Not only is this a very beautiful and scenic hike, it is also very difficult in that there is lots of bouldering and climbing. It is only 4.1 miles with an elevation gain of 1400 feet, however it will take us 4 to 5 hours to complete (yes, less then 1 mile/hour.) It includes hiking, rock hopping, and a bunch of bouldering, and a few sections that will require some intimidating climbing. This hike/bouldering is not for the faint of heart, it requires, balance, and not being too bothered by heights. This hike is definitely not for everyone! Meet at 8:45 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 6 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

It still seems quite remarkable that, within a few miles of cosmopolitan Los Angeles, one can hike to almost pristine wilderness where there is little likelihood of encountering another human being. Such is the case in Zuma Canyon, a deep cleft in the Santa Monica Mountains, that begins near the crest of that range and empties into the Pacific at Zuma Beach. Despite its ruggedness Zuma Canyon can be traversed without technical gear for almost its entire length. It is prettiest in the spring when the stream is running.

Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the parking lot just before the third tunnel up Kanan Road. We will then car shuttle to the start point of the hike, which is near the beach. The parking lot on Kanan is actually the end of the hike. Difficulty rating: Very Difficult. Plan on bringing a lunch, and long sleeves and legs to protect from poison oak, as there is generally some to much of it, and something to swim in.. Note swimming is optional on this hike… except for the unfortunate the fall in!

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.

Tuesday, April 17: Night Hike Backbone Trail to Stunt.   This was one of our favorites so let's do it agin. The first part of trail is in good shape, mostly underneath shaded oaks. After crossing Piuma at mile marker 1.19, the trail drops into a canyon with a stream. We can climb out of this canyon up to a lookout spot for a view. This section of trail varies from rocky to smooth, with lots of great views. This will be a moderate hike, approx. 5 miles, with some elev. gain. 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 , Hike Leader: Charlotte

Mark Spellman will once again lead us on this wonderful hike!

Directions:   From T.O., take 101 South, exit @ Lost Hills Rd, turn right. This ends at Las Virgenes, turn right onto Las Virgenes. (From LA 101, exit Las Virgenes and turn left.) Proceed towards the ocean on Las Virgines. After you pass Mullhulland Hwy and Tapia Park (the road name now has turned into Malibu Canyon) proceed to Piuma Rd. Park on SE corner, or just 100 feet down on Piuma. We will meet in the parking area on Piuma.

Tuesday, April 24: Night 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 , Hike Leader: Charlotte

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.