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

June 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

Saturday

June 2

8:00 AM (More - Trails!)

CORBA Trail Work Day

Saturday

June 2

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

Steve: Ojai - Rancho El Nido Preserve

Sunday

June 3

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyTriunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA

Tuesday

June 5

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike Las Virgenes Canyon

Wednesday

June 6

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

HuckMTB Cheeseboro at Night

Saturday

June 9

8:30 AM (E3 - T4)

WendyCaballero/Rogers Road Modified

Sunday

June 10

9:00 AM (E4.5 - T5)

KenCharlton/Chilao Flats

Tuesday

June 12

6:15 PM

Charlotte Summer Kick-off Wine & Cheese Hike!

Wednesday

June 13

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Wildwood at Night

Saturday

June 16

9:30 AM (E4 - T4.5)

RandyCheeseboro/Bell Canyon

Sunday

June 17

8:30 AM (E3.5 - T2)

Steve: Calabasas Loop

Tuesday

June 19

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike Lang Ranch to China Flats

Wednesday

June 20

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

HuckMTB Space Mountain at Night

Saturday

June 23

9:30 AM

CharlotteHike to Boney Mountain

Saturday

June 23

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Sunday

June 24

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

HuckSycamore: Guadalasca - Backbone Loop

Tuesday

June 26

6:15 PM

CharlotteHike to Simi Peak

Wednesday

June 27

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Lang Ranch/Albertson at Night

Saturday

June 30

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

Steve: Secret Singletracks of COSCA

Sunday

July 1

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3)

GrahamDos Vientos Adventure

Saturday

July 14

12:00 AM

JoannaJoanna's Pool Party

Saturday

July 21

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteSycamore Canyon from the Beach and BBQ

Saturday

July 21

9:00 AM (E2 - T2)

Marizel: Sycamore from Beach & Wood Canyon & BBQ


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Marizel - 818 590-8167

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   AftOnAGale@sbcglobal.net

 

Graham - 818 585-5368   gjm@socal.rr.com

Joanna - 805 241-9772   JRogersmr@cs.com

 

Wendy - 818 522-0840   cyberdivachick@yahoo.com

Steve - 805 402-3128

 

Huck - 818 321-8868   hshapiro@bluestrike.com

Ken - 818 590-8164   mtbken@kmmiller.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, 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: 8:00 am.

This is National Trails Day. Work will be on the Mt. Wilson trail system and will include lunch and a tour of the observatory. This event is sponsored by the Los Angeles River Ranger District of the US Forest Service, and CORBA.

Saturday, July 14: Joanna's Pool Party.   Joanna will be having a barbecue and pool party after the ride. Time and details to be announced next month! Time: 12:00 am. Organizer: Joanna

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, June 2: Ojai - Rancho El Nido Preserve.   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 itís all downhill on fireroad and singletrack. Then itís 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

We'll do a slight variation of the normal ride that will add a mile or so and a couple of hundred feet of climbing compared to the ride description above. Instead of turning around at the Preserve High Point, we'll continue on down the Oso Ridge Trail, then climb back up the Chaparal Crest Trail to the top of the Fern Grotto Trail.

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, June 3: 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. Itís 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 3.5 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.

Saturday, June 9: 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 Rogerís 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 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T4, About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

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, June 10: Charlton/Chilao Flats.   Please RSVP if you plan to ride. This ride is in the Arroyo Seco backcountry area of the San Gabriel Mountains. Winding through pine trees this ride has beautiful views of the mountains and some of the best singletrack around SoCal. The ride begins in the Charlton Flats campground/picnic area off the Angeles Crest Hwy and winds through a section of challenging singletrack. We'll make a quick stop off at the Vetter Mountain Lookout and take in a 360 degree view of the mountains. Then continue our journey on more fun singletrack and head over to the Chilao Station. After the Chilao Station we'll pedal up a gradual climb on a fireroad leading to Mt. Hillyer and Horse Flats campground (elevation gain approximately 1000 ft). At the top of the loop, the trail descends on a section of technical singletrack that should keep the more aggressive downhillers grinning all the way back down. Then back to the cars by the singletrack we came in on. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.5, Technical Rating = T5, 20 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Ken

It's a long drive to the trailhead so an RSVP is required if you plan to ride. If no one RSVP by the night before this ride will be canceled. There is one place to get water along the way but still bring plenty of food and water. You'll also need an Adventure Pass for parking. You can get one on the way up at the Clear Creek Ranger Station at the intersection of Angeles Crest Hwy (Hwy 2) and Angeles Forest Hwy.

Directions:   Exit the 210 Freeway onto the Angeles Crest Highway 2 going north and proceed up Angeles Crest Hwy 2 for approximately 20 winding miles to the Charlton Flats Picnic Area. On the left, next to the turn for the Charlton Flats Picnic Area, is an old boarded up building. We'll park and meet in front of the building just off Hwy 2. Additional parking is about a 100 yards into the picnic area on the right. An Adventure Pass is required to park in the Angeles Crest Forest.

Saturday, June 16: Cheeseboro/Bell Canyon.   We will begin with an easy to moderate climb up the Sulphur Springs Trail to Shepherdís Flat. Then itís 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 itís another strenuous climb up Gaspipe to Sheep's Corral. From here itís all downhill back to the cars via the Sulphur Spring Trail. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, 18 Miles, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

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, June 17: Calabasas Loop.   Over 90% of this ride is on new, high-quality singletrack. We'll circumnavigate the new Millennium community at the south end of Parkway Calabasas, experiencing some spectacular views that even residents of that exclusive community don't have. Landmarks we'll visit along the way include the "Too-Tight" Switchbacks, the guard mansion, the Pyramid Switchbacks, several hidden trailheads and the pine forest. We start at Bark Park and ride up to the trail that will lead us all the way around. Overall the trail is a good workout with many moderate climbs and fun smooth descents; the only real technical challenges will be managing the tight switchbacks. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T2, 14 Miles and 2700 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

We'll be getting an early start to beat the Calabasas heat. The direction we ride the loop will be determined on the day of the ride, based on the weather.

Directions:   From the 101, turn south on Las Virgenes Rd. The entrance is about 1 mile from the freeway on the left (east) side, slightly south of the traffic light at the A. E. Wright Middle School.

Saturday, June 23: 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 weíll 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 weíll 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 thereís 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.

Sunday, June 24: Sycamore: Guadalasca - Backbone Loop.   We start off on the connector trail that leads to Big Sycamore Canyon Road. Weíll descend down into the canyon and take Sin Nombre over to Sage and make the climb up to the water tower. From here itís a fast and fun decent down Wood Canyon. Then itís another climb up to the top via Guadalasca. Weíll ride the fireroad over to Backbone and enjoy another great decent. After a short jaunt on Two Foxes weíll head up the main fireroad and climb up the dreaded asphalt hill. From the top itís 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, 19 Miles and 2900 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Huck

Some riders may opt. to climb Ranch Center Road instead of Sage.

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, June 30: Secret Singletracks of COSCA.   We ride in the Los Robles Trail East / COSCA area from time to time but we mostly stay on fireroads. On this ride, we'll explore several singletracks instead. We start with a climb up the Triunfo Canyon Trail and then turn down towards the Fairview Trail, make a loop and then head west on the Los Robles Trail Edison Road. We'll wind through several singletracks in the center of the COSCA area, including the brand new Bridgegate Trail. One of the trails will lead us down to the valley and the pavement for a few blocks to get to the Brookview Trail, which we climb to get back to the top of the Triunfo Canyon Trail, then head back down to the cars. Depending on how we feel, we may ride for a short distance on the Conejo Crest Trail (AKA Babyheads Ridge) but we will not be going up or down the Descent of Death. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 11 Miles and 2000 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

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, July 1: Dos Vientos Adventure.   This is a loop ride that will show off the best of the newish neighourhood of Dos Vientos. We'll explore trails old and new with some connections on the pavement. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3, 15 Miles, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Graham

This will be our first organized ride on the Dos Vientos Trails. You don't want to miss it!

Directions:   From the 101 freeway, turn south onto Wendy Drive, towards the ocean. 1.75 miles from the freeway, when cresting the large hill and just before Felton Street, there will be a parking lot on the right. We meet there.

Saturday, July 21: Sycamore Canyon from the Beach and BBQ.   We will climb up the Overlook Fireroad, enjoying the fabulous surrounding ocean views. After crossing over to Backbone we will make our descent to the canyon floor and back to the ocean side of Sycamore. After the ride weíll meet up with the E2 riders, hangout at the beach and have a big BBQ. Be sure to bring something to grill, something to share and something to drink with you to the ride in a cooler. Also, you may want to bring along a towel and a change of clothes. Some will park on the beach side in the morning even though we are meeting on the park side for the ride. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 15 Miles, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Charlotte

We will have two groups going up Overlook one faster and one slower, so something for everyone for the fun day!

Directions:   For those who are coming from the San Fernando/ Los Angeles area: Take the 101 Fwy towards Ventura and exit on Kanan Road (make a left turn from the exit ramp).
Then make a right turn on PCH 1 and head towards Sycamore Canyon (it is 5-7 miles northwest of Kanan Road and is on the right side).

For those who are coming from the Santa Barbara/ Ventura/ Oxnard/ Camarillo area: Take the 101S Fwy (101N for those who are coming from Thousand Oaks/ Simi Valley) and exit on S Las Posas Road (going towards PCH). Then go to PCH 1 South and look for signs to go to Sycamore Canyon (which is on the left side).

If you donít want to pay the $10 fee for parking in the lot you can look for parking on PCH. We'll meet on the park side of Pacific Coast Hwy 1 for the ride (in front of the restrooms, located by the campground/ parking lot area).

Saturday, July 21: Sycamore from Beach & Wood Canyon & BBQ.   Weíll ride up the Big Sycamore Trail to Two Foxes and back to the main fireroad. Then we ride up the paved Ranch Center Road and Artís Trail. And itís back to the paved road and weíll see the water tower. The best part of this ride is blasting down Wood Canyon and then back to the main fireroad and on to the parking lot. After the ride we will meet with the other riders on the Beach side of Hwy 1 for a great BBQ and to hangout and enjoy. Be sure to bring something to grill, something to share and something to drink with you to the ride in a cooler. Also, you may want to bring along a towel and a change of clothes. Some will park on the beach side in the morning even though we are meeting on the park side for the ride. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2, Technical Rating = T2, 14 Miles and 1200 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Marizel

Directions:   For those who are coming from the San Fernando/ Los Angeles area: Take the 101 Fwy towards Ventura and exit on Kanan Road (make a left turn from the exit ramp).
Then make a right turn on PCH 1 and head towards Sycamore Canyon (it is 5-7 miles northwest of Kanan Road and is on the right side).

For those who are coming from the Santa Barbara/ Ventura/ Oxnard/ Camarillo area: Take the 101S Fwy (101N for those who are coming from Thousand Oaks/ Simi Valley) and exit on S Las Posas Road (going towards PCH). Then go to PCH 1 South and look for signs to go to Sycamore Canyon (which is on the left side).

If you donít want to pay the $10 fee for parking in the lot you can look for parking on PCH. We'll meet on the park side of Pacific Coast Hwy 1 for the ride (in front of the restrooms, located by the campground/ parking lot 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/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 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.

MTB 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.

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 youíve gone too far.

Sycamore Canyon at Night.   Steve Clarkís house 3168 Holloway Ct. (Take Wendy Drive towards Sycamore Cyn - about a mile after Kimber turn left onto Holloway - Steveís 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, June 5: 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

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

Tuesday, June 12: Summer Kick-off Wine & Cheese Hike!.   June is here so it's time to kick off our summer hikes! What better way to do this than with a Wine & Cheese Summer Kick-off hike! At these hikes we get to see beautiful sunsets, meet lots of new people, get to know our friends better, and see lots of animals. We will hike in the Los Robles area do a shorter loop, picnic at a nice spot, where we will crack open some wine, share some snacks, and say hello to summer. After which we will have a easy, short trek back to the cars.  Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2.5 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

If you have time to bring something to share great! Grapes, cheese, crackers, whatever goes well with wine...or not! If you are empty handed, still come on out, I am sure we will be long on appetizers...but remember you will still need you hiking shoes! The sunsets at 8:05, so you may want to bring a flashlight...especially for the 3/4 mile walk back to the cars after that glass of wine.

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.

Tuesday, June 19: Night Hike Lang Ranch to China Flats.   We start at Lang Ranch. We will head up Albertsons Fireroad all the way up to China Flats. This trail offers great views of the sunsets! This will be a moderately challenging hike, approx. 6 miles with elev. gain of about 1200'. 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 2.5 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

You've been asking for this, so this is the night we will hike up to China Flats. Bring your camaras as this trail always offers beautiful sunsets!

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. Drive about 0.8 miles to where the pavement ends and Albertson Fire Road begins.

Saturday, June 23: Hike to Boney Mountain.   Join us for this fun trek to the top of Boney Mtn., a strenuous hike that may include shaded canyons, waterfalls, rugged mountain slopes, great rock formations, wildflowers and spectacular panoramic views of the Channel Islands to the Topa Topa Mountains. Hiking distance totals 9 miles, with 1900 feet of elevation gain, with a hiking time estimated at least 5 hours. The trail starts out moderate but gets progressively more strenuous, with some very steep sections.

Bring at least 3 quarts of drinking water, a jacket (in can be a bit windy at the top), snacks, hat, sunscreen, and lunch for the break, as this will be a full day outing.  Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. 9 Miles, About 5.5 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.

Tuesday, June 26: Hike to Simi Peak.   We start up Dead Cow Road that takes us up to China Flats, than over and up to Simi Peak. At night, you can see the lights of T.O. Simi, Woodland Hills, and beyond. It is a beautiful site at night. We then hike down Dead Cow. This will be a moderately challenging hike, approx. 5 miles with elev. gain of about 1200'. 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

This may be the best of our evening hikes! It certainly will give us panoramic views that can't be seen on any of our hikes, and this view at night is stunning. It can be a bit breezy on the top, so bring a jacket.

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.