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

December 2007

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

During the rainy winter months, if the ground is wet, call the ride leader on the morning of the ride to see if it's been relocated to a drier trail. There may also be a notice on the web site (http://www.nrmbc.org), but don't rely on that.

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

December 1

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

HuckLas Llajas/Devil's Canyon/Johnson Mtwy/Chumash

Sunday

December 2

9:00 AM

Steve: Hike the Ray Miller Trail

Sunday

December 2

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyTriunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA

Saturday

December 8

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

MarizelSycamore Canyon from the Beach - NRMBC/SBMBC Joint Ride

Sunday

December 9

9:00 AM (E2.5 - T2)

MarizelReseda to Nike Tower/Westridge

Sunday

December 9

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

WendyReseda/Sullivan Canyon - Out & Back

Sunday

December 9

12:30 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

CharlotteHoliday Barbeque!!

Saturday

December 15

8:00 AM (E5 - T5)

RainerEpic Palm Canyon

Saturday

December 15

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

Charlotte & Marizel : Sycamore: Guadalasca - Backbone Loop

Sunday

December 16

9:30 AM (E4 - T4.5)

RandyCheeseboro/Simi Peak/Dead Cow Rd & Lunch

Saturday

December 22

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

HuckCaballero/Roger's Road

Sunday

December 23

9:00 AM

CharlotteMishe Mokwa/Sandstone Peak Loop Hike

Sunday

December 23

9:30 AM (E3 - T3)

RandyRosewood/Space Mountain Loop

Saturday

December 29

9:30 AM (E3 - T3)

JoannaGrasslands - Short Bulldog Loop

Sunday

December 30

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Monday

December 31

8:30 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

HuckNew Year's Eve Party 2008!

Tuesday

January 1

12:00 PM (E3 - T3)

RandySpace Mountain/Rosewood


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Marizel - 818 590-8167   mtbmarizel@kmmiller.net

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   cfarrens@gmail.com

 

Wendy - 818 522-0840   cyberdivachick@yahoo.com

Joanna - 805 241-9772   JRogersmr@cs.com

 

Rainer - danzaff@pacbell.net

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

Sunday, December 9: Holiday Barbeque!!.   It's time for a Holiday BBQ and rides!  First we will have both an intermediate and an easier ride, both starting at Redesa.  After the rides, we will all meet at Charlotte's house in Woodland Hills to have a fun BBQ and share some holiday cheer.    Please bring something to BBQ and something to share.  I will have some beverages available, including egg nog and rum...or feel free to bring your own beverage.    I will also have some hot dogs for the unfortunate who come empty handed.   

We will also have a gift exchange.  For those who would like to participate, bring a $20 wrapped, new, gift.  NO GAG gifts, used items, etc. 

You may drop off your food at my house prior to the ride if desired, or bring your items in a cooler to the ride.  For guests, mates or those that overslept and missed the rides, we should be arriving at the house for the BBQ around 12:30 p.m. or so.  The more the merrier!

Please note...I MOVED... THIS IS NOT IN WOODRANCH... If you do not have my new address in Woodland Hills, please email me at cfarrens@gmail.com and I will provide address and directions (I don't want to post my address on the website and world wide web.)

TOY DRIVE!  In addition to your gift to swap, I will also be collecting toys on behalf of NRMB for the local toy drive. If you would like to participate, please bring a new, un-wrapped, children’s toy or children’s sporting equipment. I will deliver them all to the collection center at a Ventura County local Fire Department. Every year, thousands of children experience a Christmas morning with no gifts to open. With the love and support of toy donors like you, many children will receive a new toy this holiday season.


Monday, December 31: New Year's Eve Party 2008!.   Ring in the New Year with friends, new and old, at New Year's Eve Party 2008!

There will be music, dancing, lots of friends and cheer. There will be some wine, sodas, beer, hors d'oeuvres, and punch provided; you may also want to bring along your beverage of choice, champagne and some finger food or dessert to share.  Dress is formal to dinner/cocktail attire for an exceptional fun night ringing in 2008!  

Invitations will be sent via Evite and RSVPs are greatly be appreciated.  Feel free to bring a friend; the best parties are when we meet new people!

FUN!... MUSIC!... FOOD!....DRINK!.... FRIENDS!....FUN!

Directions:   The party is in Encino. For more details and address, email Huck to receive an Evite.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, December 1: Las Llajas/Devil's Canyon/Johnson Mtwy/Chumash.   We will start at the bottom of Chumash Trail and ride on the street to Las Llajas Canyon, where we climb a gentle fireroad with 530 ft of elevation gain over 3.5 miles. At this point we will turn up the steep Oil Well Road until we reach Rocky Peak Fireroad. Here we can take a break to catch our breath and regroup.  We will then head east a bit to start our descent along Devil's Canyon.  This will be 4.5 miles of technical single-track navigating along the exciting canyon floor.  When we reach the end, we will climb out above the 118 Fwy and up through the mansions of Chatsworth to reach Johnson's Motorway. This 2.8 mile climb along a rocky fireroad will get your heart pumping.  After resting at the top, we will ride down to the bottom on Chumash Trail, a mostly firm but often rocky singletrack. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 18 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Huck

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.

Sunday, December 2: 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. It’s 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 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, December 8: Sycamore Canyon from the Beach - NRMBC/SBMBC Joint Ride.   This is a joint ride with my friends from SBMBC. Starting at the beach side, we will start climbing at the Overlook Trail. When riding at this trail, there are gorgeous views of the mountains and Pacific Ocean. After the climb of the Overlook Trail, our first fun descent is at the Guadalasca Trail with some thrilling switchbacks. Then we’ll have a gentle climb at Wood Canyon with some great rollercoaster-type riding. The remaining ride will be very rewarding after arriving at the water tower area since it’s all downhill – starting at the paved area of Ranch Center Road. Then we’ll blast down the singletrack trails (Art’s Trail, Sin Nombre Trail, and Two Foxes/Coyote Trail). The last part of the ride remaining is going down the main fireroad which takes us back to the beach area. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 20 Miles and 2000 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Marizel

A faster-level group is more than welcome to join me on the ride and to ride more trails and add miles.

Since the ride is a NRMBC/SBMBC joint ride, all riders who wish to participate are required to RSVP. If no one RSVP by the night before this ride will be canceled. All riders participating at this ride are required to sign a CORBA waiver. Details of the waiver can be found at http://www.sbmbc.com/CORBAInsuranceWaiver.pdf.

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, December 9: Reseda to Nike Tower/Westridge.   From the South end of Reseda we will ride up to Dirt Mulholland (we'll ride on the singletrack trail parallel to the steep fireroad on Reseda) and continue on with a moderate climb (about 700 ft of climbing) over to the Nike tower. When we arrive at the Nike Tower area, we will start down the Westridge (West Mandeville) Fireroad and come back the same way at anytime, riding some non-technical singletrack trails that parallel the fireroad.  Also, we can ride on the Farmer Ridge Fireroad to get a view of the mountains and then ride back to the Dirt Mullholland Fireroad. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T2, 14 Miles and 1900 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Marizel

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, December 9: 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 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

Directions:   Take the 101 Fwy to the Reseda Blvd exit in Tarzana. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue up Reseda; pass the Caballero trail, up through/past the opening in the fence up to the paid parking area. Park just before the "white line" as the paid parking starts just beyond that white line.

Saturday, December 15: Epic Palm Canyon.   One of the most spectacular rides in Southern California, it starts high above the city of Palm Springs, with approximately 30 miles of mostly single track and a few miles of often sandy fire road. The first few miles hugs the canyon wall and can be very technical, with protruding rocks and cacti. A misjudgement here can hurt. Next comes the desert single track with numerous washes, some of which we'll walk through, giving us the time to soak in the gorgeous desert flora showing off their spectacular color schemes. Don't be fooled into thinking that loosing over 4000' of altitude on the ride will make it easy - IT ISN'T! This very long and demanding ride is suitable only for riders with strong technical skills and high endurance. Because this is a desert environment, bring twice as much water and food as you expect to need. Slime in the tires is required, but bring spare tube(s) and patch kits as well. It gets dark early at this time of year so it wouldn't hurt to have lights, too. This is a shuttle ride. In order to plan, we must know in advance who's going to be riding with us. Sorry, but we may not be able to accomodate people who want to come at the last minute.

Note: Due to the nature of this ride, this event is open only to members who are currently active riders with the group and have demonstrated to the ride leader their ability to handle this type of ride. The ride leader reserves the right to deny participation to anyone who, in the opinion of the ride leader, is not capable of riding the terrain. But please feel free to join us on any of our other local rides.

 Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T5, 30 Miles and 2000 Feet of Climbing , About 6 Hours
, Ride Leader: Rainer

Directions:   Get onto the I-10 heading east. Take the Gene Autry Trail exit (right after the Indian Ave exit) and drive south through Palm Springs to E Palm Canyon Drive. Meet in the Rimrock Shopping Center near the Von's where we'll form our shuttle groups for the drive to the trailhead. Distance from Thousand Oaks is 153 miles and is expected to take 2.5 hours to drive.

Saturday, December 15: 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 descent. 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: Charlotte & Marizel

Marizel will also lead a slower pace ride, taking a similar route up Guadalasca and down Backbone. For her ride meet at 8:30 am and be ready to ride by 8:45 am.

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, December 16: 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

Depending on the crowd we may or may not do Simi Peak.

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

Saturday, December 22: Caballero/Roger's Road.   We begin with a moderate to fairly difficult climb up the Caballero singletrack to dirt Mulholland. 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 Roger’s Road, a moderate singletrack, past the ‘Old Oak Tree’ to the bridge overlook. The route back to the cars will mostly retrace our earlier path but this time it is mostly downhill. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 20 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Huck

Some riders may be starting at top of Reseda for a bit easier ride.

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.

Sunday, December 23: Rosewood/Space Mountain Loop.   This is a fun loop ride with lots of singletrack and switchbacks for your biking enjoyment. We’ll make our way over to the base of Rosewood at Lynn Road via a combination of fireroads and paved roads. Then it’s a moderate singletrack climb all the way up Rosewood to the picnic table. After a break we’ll take the Los Robles singletrack over to the top of Space Mountain. From here we’ll catch some thrills as we make our way down the Space Mountain singletrack and finish off the ride with the whoop-de-doo trail. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 8 Miles and 1500 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 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.

Saturday, December 29: 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 pedal 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 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.

Sunday, December 30: 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.

Tuesday, January 1: Space Mountain/Rosewood.   This is a fun loop ride with lots of singletrack and switchbacks for your biking enjoyment. We start with a singletrack climb up Space Mountain. Then we’ll continue along the Los Robles Trail to the "Lookout" and take a break at the picnic table. Then 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 12:00 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 8 Miles and 1500 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 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.

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

Sunday, December 2: Hike the Ray Miller Trail.   This trail winds from the La Jolla Canyon trailhead along the clifts above the PCH and ends at the Overlook Trail in Sycamore Canyon. It has a good surface and a moderate climb. Along the way we'll have constantly changing views of the coastal hills. When we reach the Overlook Trail, we'll turn around and hike back for different views again on the way down.

Please note: This trail is in a state park where dogs are not allowed. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. 5 Miles and 1200 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours , Hike Leader: Steve

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. La Jolla Canyon is 1.7 miles after (west of) Sycamore Canyon, 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 head south/east. La Jolla Canyon is 4.2 miles from Las Posas, on the left.

If you don’t want to pay the fee for parking in the lot you can look for parking on PCH. We'll meet in the parking lot near the trailhead.

Sunday, December 23: Mishe Mokwa/Sandstone Peak Loop Hike.   We start out on the Mishe Mokwa Trail that takes us past Balance Rock and on to Split Rock.  We then head up the trail which takes up near the top of Old Boney Mtn and trail.  We will take a look at Inspiration Point and than will stop for a break and snack at Sandstone Peak where we will have panoramic views of the coast and inland valleys.   Than we complete the loop and head back to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. 6 Miles and 1150 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

Directions:   The Mishe Mokwa Trailhead is on Yerba Buena Rd in the Circle X Ranch area and near Sandstone Peak. From the 101 Freeway, exit at the Westlake Blvd and head south. Westlake Blvd turns into Decker Rd. About 5 miles past Potrero Road, turn west/right onto Mulholland Hwy, then right onto Little Sycamore Canyon Rd. At the Ventura County line, this becomes Yerba Buena, which you follow to the parking area. It's about 4.8 miles from Decker Rd to the parking area found on the left hand side of the road.