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

February 2008

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

February 2

9:00 AM (E4 - T4.5)

TamaraSanta Barbara - Romero Canyon

Sunday

February 3

9:00 AM (E3 - T4)

WendyCheeseboro/Gas Pipe/Las Virgenes

Sunday

February 3

2:30 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

GrahamSuper Bowl party at Graham's

Saturday

February 9

9:00 AM (E4.5 - T4)

HuckCaballero/Roger's Rd/Rustic Cyn/Sullivan Cyn

Sunday

February 10

9:30 AM (E3 - T3)

JoannaGrasslands - Malibu Creek - Short Bulldog

Saturday

February 16

8:00 AM (E5 - T5)

RainerEpic Palm Canyon

Saturday

February 16

9:00 AM

Steve: Hike Conejo Mountain

Sunday

February 17

9:30 AM (E4.5 - T4)

RandyNorth Ranch Rim Trail

Saturday

February 23

9:30 AM (E3 - T3)

RandyGrasslands/Malibu Creek/Las Virgenes View

Sunday

February 24

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

MarizelSycamore: Modified Guadalasca - Backbone Loop

Sunday

February 24

9:45 AM

CharlotteHike Punchbowls


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Marizel - 818 590-8167   mtbmarizel@kmmiller.net

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@att.net

 

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

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, February 3: Super Bowl party at Graham's.   It's another Super Bowl - and it looks like England is playing (well, OK, the New version!). So come and watch, chat with friends, throw something on the barbie and jump in the pool (not the wet kind!). The usual will be provided - shortbread, ice-cream, some hot dogs and hamburgers, some beer and soft drinks! Bring whatever you feel appropriate. The game kickoff is at 3:18 pm so let's have the nosh kickoff around 2:30 pm!

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 onto Lockhurst Drive after a couple of blocks, just past the stop sign (not right, as most Internet maps read!). My house is on the left just past the red house – 6122.
Phone: (818) 884 0998.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, February 2: Santa Barbara - Romero Canyon.   We start with a moderate climb up a fireroad that affords some spectacular views of the Santa Barbara area and the ocean beyond. A couple miles up, the fireroad narrows to a very fun singletrack. The climb up the singletrack is mostly moderate but does have some fairly technical sections along the way. This is an ‘out and back’ ride so anyone wishing to head back can turn around at any time and coast all the way down the mountain to the cars. Come prepared to have lots ‘n lots of fun. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, 13 Miles and 2400 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Directions:   From Thousand Oaks, take the 101 Freeway to the Sheffield exit in Summerland, just past the Big Yellow House Restaurant. At the end of the off-ramp make a right and proceed to East Valley Rd. At East Valley Rd make a left and then a quick right onto Romero Cyn Rd. Stay on Romero Cyn Rd until you come upon Bella Vista Dr. At Bella Vista make a right and continue up approximately 0.25 mile. Park on the side of this road.

Sunday, February 3: Cheeseboro/Gas Pipe/Las Virgenes.   We begin with an easy to moderate climb up the Sulphur Springs trail to Shepherd’s Flat. Then we head east and ride down Sheep Corral (AKA Gaspipe), a really fun technical singletrack that leads down into Las Virgenes Canyon. We’ll continue down the fireroad until it ends at the city street. Then we will cut through the gate to start the Edison Fire Road climb for about 2 miles until the short Canyon View descent back into Cheesebro. 

The T4 rating is due to the Gas Pipe downhill section, which is about 15 minutes long. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T4, 10 Miles and 1800 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

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

Saturday, February 9: Caballero/Roger's Rd/Rustic Cyn/Sullivan Cyn.   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’. We will take Josepho drop (J-drop), a rocky/rutted singletrack, into Rustic Canyon. We'll climb back out of Rustic Canyon to the Sullivan fireroad and over to Squirrel Cage dropping us into Sullivan Canyon. We will climb the canyon back to Mulholland. Then back to Caballero and the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.5, Technical Rating = T4, 20 Miles and 3600 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Huck

Unless too much rain then routing will change

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, February 10: Grasslands - Malibu Creek - Short Bulldog.   We start at De Anza Park and ride over to Malibu Creek State Park via the Grasslands trail. Then we proceed along the main fire road, which passes through a fairly short but technical rocky streambed (if too technical please don’t hesitate to walk). After a short stop at the M*A*S*H site we’ll take on the first 1.25 miles of the Bulldog Fire Road. Then we cut off to Lookout Fire Road that brings us down to a paved road in the Malibu Lake area. We’ll take Crags Road to a back entrance of the park and peddle back to the cars via the same path as before. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 14 Miles and 2100 Feet of Climbing , About 2.75 Hours
, Ride Leader: 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, February 16: 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.

Sunday, February 17: North Ranch Rim Trail.   How about a ride that starts where this bike club started years and years ago? Lets bike along the northern edge of North Ranch moving east until we get to Dead Cow Road. Then we ride over to the new trail above Double Tree in Oak Park. This leads us back to the bottom of Suicide and back into Oak Park (is that the real name?). Then, instead of backtracking the way we came, there is a new trail just off Falling Star that gets us back to the area above North Ranch and then we backtrack to our cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.5, Technical Rating = T4, 15 Miles, About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   Exit the 101 Freeway on Westlake Blvd and head north for about 3 miles. When you go past the North Ranch Community Center you will go downhill and turn right onto Lang Ranch Parkway. The trailhead is about 300 yards east of Westlake Blvd on Lang Ranch Parkway.

Saturday, February 23: Grasslands/Malibu Creek/Las Virgenes View.   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 for the hill-climb challenge we’ll bike to the dam and back along the same path out to Mulholland Road. From here we’ll cross over Las Virgenes Road and climb up the Las Virgenes View singletrack and take in the nice view from the top. It’s a fun ride back down the singletrack. Then we’ll hop back onto the Grasslands trail and peddle back to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 16 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

We moved the ride to Saturday so the group can partake in the special M.A.S.H. 25th anniversary celebration they are having at the park. More information can be found at the link below.
http://www.hollywoodescapes.com/events.html

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, February 24: Sycamore: Modified 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 cutoff onto Sin Nombre and continue down to the end of Two Foxes. From here we'll head up Wood Canyon and climb up Guadalasca to the top of the mountain. Then it's a fast fireroad descent over to Backbone where we'll enjoy more descending on a really fun singletrack. After a short ride back up Two Foxes we’ll continue riding up the main fireroad and climb the dreaded asphalt hill. From the top it’s just a short ride back to the cars via the connector trail. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 18 Miles and 2200 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 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.

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

Saturday, February 16: Hike Conejo Mountain.   This loop hike will take us along the flank of Conejo Mountain where we'll see some remarkably isolated sections of Newbury Park and stark volcanic formations. We start with a stoll along the Borchard Path then turn north on the Jump Trail. The most difficult section will be the steep Index Finger Trail that takes us to Conejo Mtn Road with its volcanic rocks and stark isolation. We'll follow that back down to Dos Vientos, returning to the start on the street.

All of these trails are open to bikes, but the steepness of the Index Finger Trail makes it impractical to ride except for hard-core downhillers and jumpers. 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

We got rained out in January so let's try it again for February!

Directions:   The Dos Vientos Community park is on the south-west corner of the intersection of Borchard Rd and Via Ricardo in Dos Vientos. From east of Thousand Oaks, exit the 101 freeway at Borchard Rd and take it for about 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Via Ricardo and then left into the park.
From west of Thousand Oaks, turn south onto Wendy Dr from the 101 freeway. After about a mile, turn right onto Borchard Rd and continue as described above. Meet at the north-east corner of the parking lot.

Sunday, February 24: Hike Punchbowls.   Come join us for a moderately paced hike that includes picturesque waterfalls, deep swimming holes, stream crossings and forested canyon trails. Hiking distance totals 7 miles roundtrip with 580 feet of elevation gain, numerous stream crossings and some rock hopping and a little bouldering.  This is one of my favorites with the many waterfalls and streams! We will hike to the  waterfalls, and stop there for lunch. For those that don't mind the chilly water, this is a great place to swim! Bring at least 2 quarts water, light lunch/snacks, and hiking style boots...and a swimsuit for the adventurous. After our return, we may meet in town for a bite for those interested.   Rain cancels this hike. Meet at 9:45 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 4 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

For those that would like to carpool over from the Thousand Oaks area, we will meet at 8:30a.m. at the Jamba Juice in Moorpark on the New LA Ave in the Kohls shopping Center. Take 23 Fwy, exit on New LA Ave, turn left, proceed to shopping center on the left hand side. We will than take Grimes Canyon over to Santa Paula, to meet everyone at the trailhead @ 9:45a.m. (We will not be able to wait for late arrivals at this carpool spot.)

Directions:   Directions to trailhead: The hike starts at the entrance to Thomas Aquinas College on Highway 150. From Highway 126 take the 10th Street/Highway 150 exit in Santa Paula, and travel northwest 5.7 miles to the first parking area on the left and another 0.1 mile to the second parking area on the right. We will meet at the second parking area.