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

September 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

September 1

8:00 AM (E3.5 - T4)

TamaraCheeseboro/China Flats/Dead Cow Singletrack Loop

Monday

September 3

9:30 AM (E2.5 - T2)

MarizelSycamore Canyon Trail to the Beach

Tuesday

September 4

9:30 AM

CharlotteNight Hike Malibu Creek

Saturday

September 8

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyBackbone: Kanan to Corral Canyon

Saturday

September 8

4:00 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

GrahamWine Tasting Party!

Sunday

September 9

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

JoannaGrasslands - Short Bulldog Loop

Wednesday

September 12

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

HuckMTB Cheeseboro at Night

Saturday

September 15

8:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.0)

TamaraSherwood Forest / Space Mtn / Rosewood

Sunday

September 16

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

BobReseda/Sullivan Canyon - Out & Back

Tuesday

September 18

6:15 PM

CharlotteNight Hike Las Virgenes Canyon

Wednesday

September 19

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Wildwood at Night

Saturday

September 22

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Sunday

September 23

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

JoannaSycamore: Guadalasca - Backbone Loop

Sunday

September 23

9:00 AM (E2 - T2)

MarizelSycamore: Wood Canyon & Two Foxes

Tuesday

September 25

6:15 PM

CharlotteWine & Cheese End of Summer Hike!

Wednesday

September 26

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

JoannaMTB Grasslands at Night

Saturday

September 29

9:00 AM (E5 - T4)

TamaraMt. Pinos

Sunday

September 30

9:30 AM (E4 - T4.5)

RandyChumash/Hummingbird

Saturday

October 13

7:30 AM (More - Trails!)

Annual COSCA Trail Work Day

Sunday

October 14

8:00 AM

CORBA Fat Tire Fest


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Joanna - 805 241-9772   JRogersmr@cs.com

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@att.net

 

Marizel - 818 590-8167   mtbmarizel@kmmiller.net

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

 

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

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   AftOnAGale@sbcglobal.net

 

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, September 8: Wine Tasting Party!.   It's been a year (exactly) since the last one so time again to sharpen up those taste buds for another wine tasting extravaganza! Since I'm more partial to red, the wine this time around will be Syrah (or Shiraz, if you are Australian!) - a popular wine in California. So, if you want to win a prize, bring a 750ml bottle of Syrah/Shiraz, we'll bag 'em and score 'em! (Of course, bottle or not, you can be a taster and scorer) There will be the usual backyard BBQ, so bring something to eat and share, if you like.

When: 5:00 pm onwards. Wine tasting typically starts around 5:30 to 6:00 pm.
Where: 6122 Lockhurst Drive, Woodland Hills CA 91367 (if you use an Internet map, I'm on the section of Lockhurst Drive south of Calvert Street, not north!)

Bring: 750 ml (standard size) of Syrah/Shiraz(if you want to win a prize) and maybe something to BBQ or a salad. I will provide the usual homemade ice cream and shortbread.

Directions:   6122 Lockhurst: Take 101 to the Mulholland/Valley Circle exit - head north (left over the freeway from Thousand Oaks) up Valley Circle. After 1.3 miles, turn right on Burbank by El Camino High School. Stay on the main road, which becomes Platt (don't turn right on the continuation of Burbank). Turn left at the fourth traffic light (about 1/2 mile) on to Calvert. Turn left on to Lockhurst after a couple of blocks, just past the stop sign. My house is on the left just past the red house – 6122.
Phone: (818) 884 0998.

Saturday, October 13: Annual COSCA Trail Work Day.   This annual event draws a large crowd and as always helps to put some very sweet trails back into good shape. Be sure to stay afterwards for the free barbeque and raffle. Meet at the Conejo Community Center in Thousand Oaks (Botanical Garden Entrance off Gainsborough Road). Registration and board busses: 7:30-8:00 a.m. There will be a free barbecue lunch and raffle afterwards. Time: 7:30 am.

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.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, September 1: Cheeseboro/China Flats/Dead Cow Singletrack 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. Then we ride back down the fireroad to the Palo Comado Overlook and ride down the technical Dead Cow singletrack. From the bottom of the singletrack we climb up the lower portion of the fireroad back to the Palo Comado Overlook. From here we retrace our tracks all the way back to the cars via Sulphur Springs while enjoying some fun downhill.
 Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T4, 17 Miles and 1900 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Chesebro exit in Agoura. Head north and make a right on Chesebro Road. Follow the narrow road one-mile and turn right at the park entrance. Continue up the paved road 1/4 mile to the top parking lot.

Monday, September 3: Sycamore Canyon Trail to the Beach.   We will ride the Wendy connector trail over to the Big Sycamore Fireroad, Sin Nombre, Two Foxes and pedal all the way down to the beach. After a break we’ll head 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 = E2.5, Technical Rating = T2, 18 Miles and 1800 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Marizel

A faster-level group is more than welcome to join me on the ride and extend it.

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, September 8: Backbone: Kanan to Corral Canyon.   This is an out and back ride that is 100% singletrack and 200% fun. We will ride the Backbone singletrack approximately 7 miles to the parking area at the top of Corral Canyon. This trail has a lot of ups and downs and is quite technical in some sections. We’ll stop at the parking area for a while and take in the view. The ride back to the car will proceed along the same trail. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 14 Miles and 2600 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Kanan exit in Agoura Hills. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Take Kanan for several miles until you reach the third tunnel (don't forget to count them). Park in the paved parking area just before the tunnel. If you are coming from PCH then look for the parking area just after the first tunnel on the left.

Sunday, September 9: Grasslands - Short Bulldog Loop.   We’ll bike over to Malibu Creek State Park via the Grasslands trail. Once inside the park we’ll proceed along the main fireroad, which passes through a fairly short but technical rocky streambed. After a short stop at the M*A*S*H site we’ll tackle the first 1.25 miles of Bulldog. After the steep but fairly short climb up Bulldog we’ll cut off onto Lookout Fireroad that will bring us down to a paved road in the Malibu Lake area. Then 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 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 14 Miles and 2100 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Joanna

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, September 15: Sherwood Forest / Space Mtn / Rosewood.   We start by riding a few blocks on pavement and pick up the “Sherwood Forest” Singletrack off of Los Padres Drive. At the top, we turn right at the fire road and continue on until we take another single track that takes us back towards Space Mountain. Then it’s 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 time to catch some thrills as we make our way down the Rosewood Singletrack to Lynn Road. After a short jaunt on pavement we are back on dirt again. This portion of the trail has a few ups and downs and connects with the whoop-de-doo trail that leads back to the cars. Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.0, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

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, September 16: 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 fire road we’ll cut off onto the fun and moderately technical Sullivan Canyon single track 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 single track instead of fire road. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 15 Miles, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

This will be closer to 3 hours to complete.

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.

Saturday, September 22: 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

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, September 23: 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.

Sunday, September 23: 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 9:00 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.

Saturday, September 29: Mt. Pinos.   There’s nothing like mountain biking in the pines!!! Mt. Pinos is the tallest peak in Ventura County at over 8000 feet. Although it’s a strenuous ride up the mountain it’s mucho fun (especially on the downhill return). We will ride the very scenic McGill Trail to the top of Mt. Pinos. It’s a tough climb so we’ll make a few stops on the way up. We’ll bike to the peak and take in the awesome 360* view. The trip back is a blast and descends along the same trail. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T4, 19 Miles and 4400 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Directions:   Drive up Interstate 5 about 25 miles North of Magic Mountain. Exit at the Fraizer Park exit. Turn left and go under the freeway. Stay on Frazier Park Road; avoid the left turn at the intersection of Lockwood Valley Road about 7 miles from I-5, continuing on to the right, as Frazier Park Road becomes Cuddy Valley Road. At about 11.5 miles from I-5, stay left on Cuddy Valley Road, which becomes Mount Pinos Road, as the road curves left at an intersection with a road leading towards the Pine Mountain Club. Shortly after the left curve you will see a big dirt lot on the right. The ride starts there. Allow at least 90 minutes for the drive from the Conejo Valley area.

Sunday, September 30: Chumash/Hummingbird.   We will make a moderate to difficult climb up a fairly technical singletrack, a.k.a. Chumash. When we reach the fireroad at the top we will descend the Rocky Peak fireroad a few miles till we meet up with Hummingbird. The descent down this singletrack is lots of fun but can be rather technical and steep in some sections. We make our way back to the cars on mostly fireroads. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, 13 Miles, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   Take the 118 Freeway to the Yosemite Avenue exit in Simi Valley. At the end of the off-ramp proceed north to Flanagan and make a right. Park on the side of the road at the end of Flanagan.

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:

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 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.

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 Dos Vientos at Night.   From the 101 freeway, turn south onto Wendy Drive, towards the ocean. Continue for about 0.7 miles and turn right at Borchard Rd and head West 0.5 miles. Turn left on to S. Reino Rd taking this South for about a mile passing Maurice Dr. On your left as you pass Paseo de Leon will be a Church parking lot. We will meet there.

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 Las Virgenes Canyon at Night.   From the 101, exit Las Virgenes and turn North (away from the ocean). Proceed approximately one mile to the dead end.

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.   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.

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, September 4: 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 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2.25 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

Leah will be leading this hike!

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, September 18: 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 dead end.

Tuesday, September 25: Wine & Cheese End of Summer Hike!.   This will be the last Tues. eve Summer Hike! We started doing these hikes in the Spring, and have seen many beautiful sunsets, meet lots of new people, have had a chance to chat on the trails to get to know familiar faces better, seen lots of snakes and frogs. What better way to end the Summer with a Wine & Cheese End of Summer 2007 hike! We will hike in Wildwood, do a shorter loop, picnic at a nice spot, where we will crack open some wine, share some snacks, and say good-bye to summer 2007. After which we will have a very easy short trek back to the cars.  Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2 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.