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

July 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

Sunday

July 1

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3)

GrahamDos Vientos Adventure

Wednesday

July 4

2:00 PM

Randy4th of July Celebration

Saturday

July 7

9:30 AM (E4 - T4.5)

RandyCheeseboro/Simi Peak/Dead Cow Rd & Lunch

Sunday

July 8

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

JoannaSycamore: Guadalasca - Backbone Loop

Tuesday

July 10

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike to Old Cabin Site

Wednesday

July 11

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

HuckMTB Grasslands at Night

Saturday

July 14

9:00 AM (E2.5 - T3)

RandyWildwood/Lynnmere

Saturday

July 14

CANCELLED for now

JoannaJoanna's Pool Party

Sunday

July 15

8:30 AM (E4 - T5)

KenStrawberry Peak Loop from Switzers

Tuesday

July 17

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike in Wildwood

Wednesday

July 18

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Cheeseboro at Night

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)

MarizelSycamore from Beach & Wood Canyon & BBQ

Sunday

July 22

9:00 AM (E4 - T3.5)

HuckSullivan Ridge/Sullivan Canyon

Tuesday

July 24

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight hike Suicide & Dead Cow

Saturday

July 28

9:30 AM (E4.0 - T3.5)

RandySpace Mountain / Potrero & back

Sunday

July 29

9:00 AM (E3.0 - T3.0)

RandyCheeseboro/China Flats Loop

Tuesday

July 31

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike Malibu Creek


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Ken - 818 590-8164   mtbken@kmmiller.net

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   AftOnAGale@sbcglobal.net

 

Marizel - 818 590-8167   mtbmarizel@kmmiller.net

Joanna - 805 241-9772   JRogersmr@cs.com

 

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

Steve - 805 402-3128

 

Huck - 818 321-8868   hshapiro@bluestrike.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, July 14: Joanna's Pool Party.   Cancelled due to an injury in the family. It will be rescheduled for later in the summer.

WEEKEND RIDES

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.

Wednesday, July 4: 4th of July Celebration.   On the afternoon of July 4th, we start with an easy ride to Space Mountain from Randy's place. There will be two groups for faster and slower riders so everybody will have a good time. Then it is back to Randy’s place for a quick shower and a walk over to Conejo Park for the annual 4th of July concert at 5:00 p.m. After that it is back to Randy’s place for a BBQ and the best seat in town for fireworks. Bring a folding chair. There are not enough chairs here for everyone to have a seat to watch the fireworks. Meet at 2:00 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2.5 Hours , Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   Exit 101 Freeway and go north on Moorpark, turn left on Wilbur and then right on St. Charles Drive. Take the second driveway on your left (next to rental office) and go back to building 885. Randy is in apartment 11 of building 885.

Saturday, July 7: 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

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, July 8: Sycamore: Guadalasca - Backbone Loop.   We start off on 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 the 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 ride the fireroad over to Backbone and enjoy another great decent. After a short jaunt on Two Foxes we’ll head up the main fireroad and climb up the dreaded asphalt hill. From the top it’s 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: Joanna

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, July 14: Wildwood/Lynnmere.   Wildwood is a great place for an easier ride. There's a lot of neat riding (single track, fire road, creek crossings, and a small waterfall). We'll head out towards Lizard Rock via the fire road. At the base of Lizard Rock, there's a short hill that we'll be walking. From here we'll take the singletrack, that has a few technical sections (all walkable), down to the valley floor and head on to the falls for a short break. Then there's a climb up the Lynn Muir trail that we’ll be walking. Then lots of fun to be had on the singletrack that leads out to Lynn Road. After a couple miles of road riding we'll end up back at the main Wildwood parking lot. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T3, 7 Miles and 1000 Feet of Climbing , About 2 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

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, July 15: Strawberry Peak Loop from Switzers.   Please RSVP if you plan to ride. This will be a joint ride with South Bay. The ride starts with a steep one mile road climb out of Switzers. Then it's 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 Switzers Picnic Area. Meet at 8:30 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: Ken

We'll be starting from the Switzers picnic area which is slightly different place than normal so please read the directions on where to meet.
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 no place to get any water along the way so be sure to 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.
This will be a joint ride between North Ranch and South Bay. Being a ride with South Bay you will be requested to sign their waiver form. More info about the waiver is at http://www.sbmbc.com/CORBAInsuranceWaiver.pdf.

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. Once you pass Angeles Forest Highway and Clear Creek Station the entrance to Switzers picnic area will be on your right in less than a mile. Meet in the lower parking lot. Note: A National Forrest Adventure Pass is required to park here. You can get one at the Clear Creek Station at the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Angeles Forest Highway.

Saturday, July 21: Sycamore Canyon from the Beach and BBQ.   We will again break into 2 groups with a faster and intermediate group heading up Overlook. 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. The faster group may head up Sage and down Wood Canyon or wherever the ride may take them! After the ride we’ll 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

I will arrive early to reserve some tables. If you just want to show up for the BBQ, look for a red convertible and tables near it that have NRMB notes posted on them. The BBQ should start around 12:30 or so... or come early and work on your tan!

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 don’t 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.   We’ll 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 Art’s Trail. And it’s back to the paved road and we’ll 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 1000 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 don’t 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).

Sunday, July 22: Sullivan Ridge/Sullivan Canyon.   This is a loop ride that begins with a moderate to fairly difficult climb up the Caballero singletrack to dirt Mulholland. From here it is a moderate climb on fireroad to Sullivan Ridge Fireroad. We will then ride to the bottom on the fireroad. An option for more advanced riders is to ride the challenging firebreak singletrack that is at times loose, rocky and rutted, and parallels the fireroad. At the bottom we will regroup and continue down the singletrack, then it’s a short, easy uphill on pavement to the goat track that leads down to Sullivan Canyon. From here it’s another moderate to difficult climb back up to dirt Mulholland. The ride ends with a fun downhill thrill on Caballero. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T3.5, 15 Miles, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Huck

Directions:   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 a couple of miles and park on the street at the trailhead. If you come upon the Braemar Country Club you've gone a little too far.

Saturday, July 28: 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: 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, July 29: Cheeseboro/China Flats Loop.   We start up the main fire road and continue up the Sulphur Springs trail to Shepherd’s Flat. Then we take the connector trail, west, to the spot that overlooks Palo Comado Canyon. We go up Palo Comado until we come to the top of China Flats. The loop around the top of China Flats is both beautiful and easy. Then we retrace our tracks and enjoy some fun downhill all the way back to the cars.
 Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.0, Technical Rating = T3.0, 15 Miles and 1800 Feet of Climbing , About 3 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.

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 you’ve gone too far.

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, July 10: 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.

Tuesday, July 17: 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

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.

Tuesday, July 24: 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

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, July 31: 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

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.)