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

May 2007

Remember to bring your walkie-talkie on the ride with you. We use channel 5, privacy code 25.

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

Tuesday

May 1

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike in Wildwood

Thursday

May 3

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Cheeseboro at Night

Saturday

May 5

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3)

WendyCheeseboro/China Flats Loop

Sunday

May 6

9:30 AM

CharlotteHike Punchbowls

Sunday

May 6

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

RandySycamore Canyon Loop/Up Backbone

Tuesday

May 8

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight hike Suicide & Dead Cow

Saturday

May 12

9:30 AM

Santa Ynez Mountains above Santa Barbara

Sunday

May 13

9:30 AM (E3 - T3)

BobGrasslands - Malibu Creek - Short Bulldog

Tuesday

May 15

6:15 PM

CharlotteHike Upper Sycmamore Cyn Creek

Thursday

May 17

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Grasslands at Night

Saturday

May 19

9:30 AM (E4.5 - T4)

RandyNorth Ranch Rim Trail

Sunday

May 20

9:30 AM (E2.5/E3.5 - T2/T3.5)

RandyNRMB Treasure Hunt Ride

Tuesday

May 22

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike Malibu Creek

Saturday

May 26

9:30 AM (E4.0 - T3.5)

BobSpace Mountain / Potrero & back

Sunday

May 27

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T2.5)

Steve: Trancas Canyon & Edison Rd

Monday

May 28

9:30 AM (E2 - T2)

Marizel: Sycamore: Wood Canyon & Two Foxes

Tuesday

May 29

6:15 PM

CharlotteBlue Moon Hike at Rocky Peak

Saturday

June 2

9:30 AM (More - Trails!)

CORBA Trail Work Day

Sunday

October 14

8:00 AM

CORBA Fat Tire Fest

Friday

October 19-21

 (E3-5 - T2-4)

Kernville Fat Tire Festival


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Steve - 805 402-3128

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

 

Marizel - 818 590-8167

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   AftOnAGale@sbcglobal.net

 

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, June 2: 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: 9:30 am.

This is National Trails Day. Location of trailwork to be announced.

Sunday, October 14: CORBA Fat Tire Fest.   Join us for CORBA's biggest fundraising event (not to mention CORBA's biggest PARTY) of the year!
- Place: Malibu Creek State Park
- Poker Ride Check-In: 8:00AM - 10:30AM
- Poker Ride (Helmets Required!): 8:00AM - Noon
- BBQ Lunch: 11:30AM - 1:30PM
- Raffle: 1:00PM
Cost is $25 for CORBA members and $30 for non-members. Pre-register and receive 10 raffle tickets. Go to http://www.corbamtb.com/website/html-home/CORBASFatTireFest.html for more information and to register.
CORBA is also looking for volunteers to work this event. If you are interested in helping out please contact Tamara.
 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. 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.

Friday, October 19: Kernville Fat Tire Festival.   Every year the NRMB has a strong contingent of riders going to the KFTF. This year should prove no different. Mountain Bike Magazine rates the KFTF as one of the top 5 festivals in the western states. This great 3 day weekend includes 3 awesome rides, a pizza party, bike rodeo, a rock’n Halloween costume party Saturday evening and a Sunday morning breakfast complete with raffle. Cost has not been announced for 2007 yet. If you need a sign-up sheet go to http://www.mtnriver.com/fattire.htm and download a pdf file with the sign-up form. Most of the high intermediate to advanced riders will be doing the following rides:
     Friday – Alta Sierra (Ride #2A; E4 - T3)
     Saturday – Kern Canyon (Ride #3; E5 - T3)
     Sunday – Cannell (Ride #4; E5 - T4.5) Time: 7:30 am.
Endurance Rating = E3-5, Technical Rating = T2-4

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, May 5: Cheeseboro/China Flats Loop.   We will begin with an easy to moderate climb up the Sulphur Springs trail to Shepherd’s Flat. Then we head west on the Palo Comado connector singletrack that leads to the Palo Comado fireroad. We’ll continue up this rather steep fireroad for approximately a mile till we come to the top of China Flats. The loop ride around the top of China Flats is both beautiful and easy. Those with extra energy can ride and/or hike-a-bike up to Simi Peak. On a clear day the view from the top is well worth the fairly short but very strenuous technical climb up to it. We’ll then 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 = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3, 15 Miles and 1800 Feet of Climbing , About 3 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.

Sunday, May 6: Sycamore Canyon Loop/Up Backbone.   We begin with the connector trail that leads to Big Sycamore Canyon Road. We’ll descend down into the canyon a few miles and then make a moderate climb up the Sage singletrack 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 the Backbone singletrack. We’ll ride the fireroad over to Guadalasca and enjoy another great decent. Then it’s back up the main trail to 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, 20 Miles and 2600 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

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, May 12: Santa Ynez Mountains above Santa Barbara.   We'll ride along the ridge of the mountains from San Marcos Pass (2200 feet) to Santa Ynez Peak (4300 feet). About 25 miles out-and-back on a rough dirt road with ups and downs, generally up on the way out, down on the way back, with the last mile finishing with a 500 foot climb. Great views of the coastline, backcountry, Santa Ynez Valley, Lake Cachuma. Bring water.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T2, 25 Miles, About 4 Hours. The guest leader for this ride will be Tony Boughman. Time: 9:30 am.

Directions:   101 North to Highway 154 exit in Santa Barbara. North on Highway 154 several miles up to San Marcos Pass. Just before reaching the summit, turn left (west) on West Camino Cielo Road. Go west on West Camino Cielo for about 3 miles and park alongside the road just before the Winchester Gun Club.

Sunday, May 13: Grasslands - Malibu Creek - Short Bulldog.   We start at De Anza Park and ride over to Malibu Creek State Park via the Grasslands trail. Then we proceed along the main fire road, which passes through a fairly short but technical rocky streambed (if too technical please don’t hesitate to walk). After a short stop at the M*A*S*H site we’ll take on the first 1.25 miles of the Bulldog Fire Road. Then we cut off to Lookout Fire Road that brings us down to a paved road in the Malibu Lake area. 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 2.75 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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, May 19: 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.

Sunday, May 20: 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. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5/E3.5, Technical Rating = T2/T3.5, About 3.5 Hours
, 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, May 26: Space Mountain / Potrero & back.   We start with 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 on to Potrero Road with lots of up & down single track. Then we turn around
& retrace our steps back towards the picnic table, back along the Los Robles Singletrack, down Space Mountain, & through the Whoop De Doo Trail that leads back to the parking area.
 Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.0, Technical Rating = T3.5, 15 Miles and 3000 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 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.

Sunday, May 27: Trancas Canyon & Edison Rd.   After a short ride on the road to get to the trailhead, we’ll head down a new section of the Backbone Trail and cross Encinal to get to the Trancas Canyon trailhead. When we climb out the other side we’ll be on a somewhat rocky, rutted and overgrown Edison Rd that we’ll ride to the end. Along the way we’ll have some great views. Finally we’ll backtrack to the beginning and as an option finish up with a short but challenging ridgeline singletrack that will give us a great view of the area we just rode. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T2.5, 11 Miles and 2800 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

Directions:   Exit the 101 Freeway at the Westlake Blvd and head south. About 5 miles past Potrero Road, turn right onto Mulholland Drive and park. (You will pass Mulholland Dr on the left about 3.4 miles from Potrero; do not be tempted to park there!) Westlake Blvd south of Potrero is a slow, twisty road so be sure to allow plenty of time to arrive on time.

Monday, May 28: Sycamore: Wood Canyon & Two Foxes.   The trail begins at Wendy and Potrero roads in Newbury Park and meanders along until we reach the Chumash hut at the NPS culture site, then this will lead to Big Sycamore Canyon Road. We’ll descend down into the canyon, go up to Ranch Center Road (paved area) and climb up to Art’s Trail. Then it’s back to Ranch Center Road and we’ll climb up to the water tower. From here it’s a fun decent down Wood Canyon. We’ll head back up to Two Foxes Trails, then connect to the main fireroad and climb up the 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 = E2, Technical Rating = T2, 12 Miles and 530 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Marizel

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.

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.

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.

MTB 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).

MTB 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.

MTB 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.

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.

HIKES

Tuesday, May 1: Night Hike in Wildwood.   We will start from the parking lot and will head into Wildwood. The exact route will be determined at the hike... whether to the waterfall or up the bluffs. This will be a moderate hike, approx. 5 miles, on some fire road and single track. 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

The sunsets at 7:37 and the moon rises at 6:24 so this will be close to a full moon hike! Last year at Wildwood we had a rabbit fall out of the clear blue sky. It may be hard to top that, but a fun time is still sure to be had by all.

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.

Sunday, May 6: 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

This got rained out in February, so let's try it again. 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, and 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.

Tuesday, May 8: Night hike Suicide & Dead Cow.   We will start out at the trailhead in Agoura and make our way over to Suicide. This is a challenging and interesting hike with many steep sections. Once we peak, we will then come down dead cow. This hike will be more difficult than our usual as we will climb approx. 1000 ft over less than 5 miles round trip. 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 2.25 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

This is an interesting hike as it is maybe the most challenging as we climb approx. 1000 ft. The sunsets at 7:43 so we will have plenty of light for the trip up.

Directions:   From the 101 Fwy, exit Lindero and turn North. Proceed up Lindero, cross over Kanan and continue up. Just past King James you will see a trailhead on the left. Park on the street at the Trailhead.

Tuesday, May 15: Hike Upper Sycmamore Cyn Creek.   This hike will begin as though we are hiking to the Cabin Site, however at the stream we take a right turn, and hike down the trail next to the stream that takes us down to Sycamore Canyon, to the base of the black top hill. This hike is approx. 4 miles, and travels through some very nice areas on the stream. Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2.25 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

This hike is a little shorter than the usual, but is the only hike where most is next to the stream.

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.

Tuesday, May 22: Night Hike Malibu Creek.   This will be a moderate hike, approx. 5 miles, on some fire road and single track. Bring the usual, flashlights, water, food, radios, wear hiking boots, and wear layers for the cooler weather, etc. Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2.25 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

It seems every time we hike in Malibu Creek we see some intersting animals! Let's hope we are as lucky again.

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway South to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south until it ends at Las Virgenes. Turn right on Las Virgenes. Proceed to Mulholland. Park in the dirt area on the corner of Las Virgenes and Mulholland. (From 101 North, exit Las Virgenes, turn south and proceed to Mullhulland.)

Tuesday, May 29: Blue Moon Hike at Rocky Peak.   We will climb up Rocky Peak, with an interesting trek up some wirey trails to the top. This is a challenging and interesting hike with a couple steep sections. Once we peak, we will then come down the fireroad. This hike will be more approx. 6 miles. 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 2.5 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

This full moon happens to also be a "blue moon"! Have you always wanted to do a blue moon hike? You may never know unless you try it.

Directions:   Take 118 Fwy, exit at Kuehner Drive and head South. Kuehner turns into Clear Spring Rd. Continue on until you reach an overpass on the left. The trailhead is on the opposite side of the Fwy and overpass. You may park on Clear Spring or in the area accross the overpass.