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805 373-8824 e-mail: mtbikesman@aol.com

May 2008

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

May 3

8:30 AM (E3.5 - T4)

MarizelOjai - Modified Gridley to Nordhoff Peak

Saturday

May 3

8:30 AM (E5 - T4.5)

KenOjai - Gridley, Nordhoff Peak and Rose Valley

Sunday

May 4

9:00 AM (E4.0 - T4.0)

BobChumash / Johnson Mtwy / Chumash

Tuesday

May 6

6:15 PM

Susan: Night Hike Las Virgenes Canyon

Wednesday

May 7

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

HuckMTB Grasslands at Night

Saturday

May 10

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

MarizelSycamore: Modified Guadalasca - Backbone Loop

Saturday

May 10

9:00 AM (E2 - T2)

MichaelSycamore: Wood Canyon & Two Foxes

Sunday

May 11

9:30 AM (E3.0 - T3.0)

TomCheeseboro/China Flats Loop

Tuesday

May 13

6:15 PM

Leah: Night Hike Malibu Creek

Wednesday

May 14

6:00 PM (3.5 - 3.5)

HuckMTB Johnson's Motorway

Saturday

May 17

9:00 AM

Steve: Hike to Tripeaks

Saturday

May 17

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Sunday

May 18

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.0)

BobSherwood Forest / Space Mtn

Tuesday

May 20

6:15 PM

Susan: Night Hike to Calabasas Peak via "Secret Trails"

Wednesday

May 21

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Sycamore Canyon at Night

Saturday

May 24

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyTriunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA

Sunday

May 25

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T4)

BobLas Llajas to Chumash

Monday

May 26

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

RandySycamore: Guadalasca - Backbone Loop

Saturday

May 31

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

CharlotteSanta Barbara - Romero Canyon

Saturday

July 12

3:00 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY - SAVE THE DATE!


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Huck - 818 321-8868   hshapiro@bluestrike.com

Bob - 805-890-0052   goodtobebob2005-98@yahoo.com

 

Susan - 805-630-1736

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   cfarrens@gmail.com

 

Leah - 818-917-9121

Steve - 805 402-3128

 

Michael - 805 886-2605   mkwan@silcom.com

Ken - 818 590-8164   mtbken@kmmiller.net

 

Tom - photote@msn.com

Marizel - 818 590-8167   mtbmarizel@kmmiller.net

 


The Fine Print

By riding with the North Ranch Mountain Bikers I understand and accept the following:

► I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death.

► I understand there is no charge for the bike rides.

► I understand that the trails the North Ranch Mountain Bikers ride may not be verified for safety or ridability.

► I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on.

► I understand that the ride leaders accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride.

NEWS FOR EVERYONE

Saturday, July 12: 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY - SAVE THE DATE!.   

1988 – 2008:  CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF MOUNTAIN BIKING FUN!

It’s hard to believe it has been over 20 years since the North Ranch Mountain Bikers did its first ride at Cheeseboro on March 5, 1988.  Many things have changed since then, but one thing remains the same – we have a lot or fun riding the trails around here and we meet many nice people as well.

We are having a 20 year anniversary party and we want all North Ranch members, past and present, to attend.  So save the date to celebrate 20 years of NRMB biking on July 12, 2008 at Brad & Leah's home in West Hills. 

Joe Dillman will have his photo montage showing pics of NRMB bikers going back to the very early days of mountain biking.  And Randy Rogers will, for the very first time, bring his extra large 3-ring binder with every newsletter going back to the very start.

NRMB Yearbook:  We are asking every NRMB member, past and present, to send us a Microsoft Word document telling us what you were doing back in 1988, when and how you happened to join the NRMB and what you are doing today.  Please add a few photos of you during this time as well.  We will compile all these files into a CD and give them to those who attend our anniversary party.  Email your word document to Mtbikesman@aol.com

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, May 3: Ojai - Modified Gridley to Nordhoff Peak.   This is a beautiful out and back ride on 85% singletrack that affords some spectacular views along the way. The ride begins by riding on Gridley Road and riding on the paved road which connects to the main trail. The first half of the main trail is a moderate climb and passes through several avocado groves. The second half of the main trail narrows and steepens a bit with many switchbacks. At the top of the saddle we’ll cutoff onto a fairly short but very steep fireroad that leads to an old fire lookout tower. The views from the top make the climb up worth the effort. Since this is an out and back ride, those who tire can turn back at any time and coast back to the cars. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T4, 15 Miles and 3000 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Marizel

This ride will be a joint North Ranch/South Bay ride. The weather maybe on the warm side so please bring plenty of water and snacks.

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to Highway 33, just a bit west of Ventura. Continue north on the 33 for approximately 13 miles until the road branches and take Highway 150 to the East. Pass through the town of Ojai and make a left (north) onto Gridley. Park at the end of the road.

Saturday, May 3: Ojai - Gridley, Nordhoff Peak and Rose Valley.   Have you ever done Gridley and thought to yourself, "Wow! That just wasn't long or hard enough for me. Not enough climbing or downhill."? Well then this ride is for you. We start off with the usual North Ranch version of the Gridley ride but then we'll do just a "little" more. This is a beautiful ride on 85% singletrack that affords some spectacular views along the way. The ride begins with a fairly technical and difficult climb up a short connector trail. The first half of the main trail is a moderate climb and passes through several avocado groves. The second half of the main trail narrows and steepens a bit with many switchbacks. At the top of the saddle we’ll cutoff onto a fairly short but very steep fireroad that leads to an old fire lookout tower. The views from the top make the climb up worth the effort. Now here's were we'll extend the ride. We'll go back down the fire road, passing the Gridley trail and go about another 1.5 miles up the fire road. Then drop down 3 miles on a nice swooping fun single track into Rose Valley. Once at the bottom we'll turn around and climb back up. The first 2 miles up is a nice grade but the last mile of shale hills can wear some folks out. But not to worry, once back to the top it's a long fun downhill back the way we came all the way to the cars. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T4.5, 23 Miles and 5400 Feet of Climbing , About 5.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Ken

This ride will be a joint North Ranch/South Bay ride. The ride will be long and the weather maybe on the warm side so please bring plenty of water and snacks.

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to Highway 33, just a bit west of Ventura. Continue north on the 33 for approximately 13 miles until the road branches and take Highway 150 to the East. Pass through the town of Ojai and make a left (north) onto Gridley. Park at the end of the road.

Sunday, May 4: Chumash / Johnson Mtwy / Chumash.   We'll make a moderate to difficult climb up a mostly firm but often rocky singletrack, a.k.a. Chumash. When we reach Rocky Peak fireroad, at the top, we continue a mile or so, ups & downs, to Johnson Mtwy. Then it's a 2.8 mile rocky fireroad descent, quite fun and challenging. After a brief rest we'll climb back up Johnson Mtwy. After another rest, at the top, we go back over to the top of Chumash. Now its a fun, technical, challenge, back down to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.0, Technical Rating = T4.0, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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.

Saturday, May 10: 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

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, May 10: 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, 13 Miles and 1300 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Michael

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, May 11: 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 9:30 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: Tom

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, May 17: 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, May 18: Sherwood Forest / Space Mtn.   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 we'll back track along the Los Robles Singletrack, down Space Mountain, & through the Whoop De Doo Trail that leads back to the parking area.

 Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.0, 11 Miles and 1900 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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, May 24: 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 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   Exit the 101 Freeway going south on Westlake Blvd. Go south for about a mile and then turn west (right) on Triunfo Canyon Road. This will lead you to Triunfo Park. Turn left onto Tamarack St and turn into the second parking lot on the left. The ride starts at the far west end of the park.

Sunday, May 25: Las Llajas to 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 and onto Rocky Peak Fireroad. When we get to the top of Chumash Trail, we'll take a break to catch our breath and let everyone catch up, then ride to the bottom down a mostly firm but often rocky singletrack. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T4, 9 Miles and 2000 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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.

Monday, May 26: 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 9:30 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: Randy

But we do it in clockwise order rather than counter clockwise.

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, May 31: 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, 13 Miles and 2400 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Charlotte

The upper part of the trail was bulldozed a year or more ago, however the latest blogs I've read indicate that this trail is ready to ride!

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.

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:

Calabasas Peak at Night.   Take the 101 Fwy to Valley Circle/Mulholland Dr. exit. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue south on Mulholland and make a right on Valmar which becomes Old Topanga Canyon Rd. Continue on Old Topanga which will join Mulholland Hwy briefly and then continue on the left. Follow Old Topanga about 1.5 miles and look for the Calabasas Peak trail head on the right across from Summit to Summit trail.

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 Johnson's Motorway.   Take the 118 Fwy and exit at Topanga Blvd. in Chatsworth. Head North and it will end immediately. Turn left onto Poema Place (don't accidentally turn onto the Freeway on ramp.) Drive West up Poema Place and park about 100 yards before the guard gate.

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 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.

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.

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, May 6: 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: Susan

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

Tuesday, May 13: 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: Leah

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.)

Saturday, May 17: Hike to Tripeaks.   Tripeaks is a gigantic pile of huge boulders with caves and crevasses for exploring. It is next to Boney Summit and has spectacular views into Serrano Valley, Sycamore Canyon, La Jolla Valley and further.

To get there, we'll start at the Sandstone Peak Trailhead and then cut over to the Mishe Mokwa Trail. Along the way we'll see Echo Cliffs, Split Rock and Balanced Rock. From the end of the Mishe Mokwa Trail it's only a half mile to Tripeaks. We'll spend an hour or so exploring the caves and crevasses and have lunch there. We'll return via the Sandstone Peak Trail and stop at Sandstone Peak for a different kind of view.

Bring a flashlight so you can see into the caves! Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. 7 Miles and 1700 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours , Hike Leader: Steve

Directions:   The Sandstone Peak Trailhead is on Yerba Buena Rd in the Circle X Ranch area. 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 5.5 miles from Decker Rd to the parking area, found on the right hand side of the road, and less than a mile past the Mishe Mokwa trailhead parking area.

Tuesday, May 20: Night Hike to Calabasas Peak via "Secret Trails".   The first part of trail takes us up a single track with varied terrain including forrested areas and rocky outcrops.  This ends at the Calabasas fireroad where we will continue on to an outlook point with expansive views!  This will be a moderate hike, approx. 4 miles, with some elev. gain. 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 Hours , Hike Leader: Susan

Directions:   From Thousand Oaks: Take the 101 Freeway in Calabasas, exit on Las Virgines Road and head south for 3 miles to Mulholland Highway. Turn left. Pass Stunt Road on the right (at 4 miles) and continue on until you see the trail head and dirt parking area on the right.
From the Valley & West LA. Take the 101 Freeway, exit Topanga Canyon Road south. Turn right at Mulholland Highway. Continue on Mullholand Highway. The trail head is on the left and is 2 miles past Calabasas High School and Old Topanga Canyon Rd intersection just past Dry Creek Canyon Rd.