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

June 2008

The Endurance Rating rates distance, climbing & pace of the rides.   E1 represents the lowest level of exertion needed to complete a ride. And E5 represents the highest level of exertion needed to complete a ride.

The Technical Rating (how smooth/rocky):

T1

Mostly smooth & wide

T2

Mostly smooth but variable width

T3

Predominately uneven surfaces & somewhat rocky

T4

Long segments with rocky and uneven surfaces

T5

Extensive segments with rocky & uneven surfaces with possible drops & exposure


Summary

Sunday

June 1

9:30 AM (E3.0 - T3.0)

TomCheeseboro/China Flats Loop

Tuesday

June 3

6:15 PM

CharlotteEve Hike to Simi Peak

Wednesday

June 4

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

NormanMTB Cheeseboro at Night

Saturday

June 7

8:30 AM (More - Trails!)

CORBA Trail Work Day

Sunday

June 8

9:00 AM (E4.0 - T3.5)

BobSpace Mountain / Potrero & back

Tuesday

June 10

6:15 PM

Leah: Evening Hike Chumash Trail

Wednesday

June 11

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

HuckMTB Space Mountain at Night

Saturday

June 14

9:00 AM (E5 - T4)

HuckMt. Pinos

Saturday

June 14

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

LaurieMt. Pinos - Easier Option

Sunday

June 15

9:00 AM (E2.5 - T3)

MichaelCheeseboro to Lookout

Sunday

June 15

9:30 AM (E4 - T4.5)

RandyCheeseboro/Simi Peak/Dead Cow Rd & Lunch

Tuesday

June 17

6:15 PM

CharlotteAnnual Full Moon Summer Wine & Cheese Hike

Saturday

June 21

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

BobSycamore: Sin Nombre-2 Foxes-Guadalasca-Backbone

Sunday

June 22

8:30 AM

Steve: Hike to Simi Peak from Lang Ranch

Sunday

June 22

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.0)

RandySherwood Forest / Space Mtn

Tuesday

June 24

6:15 PM

Susan: Hike Upper Sycmamore Cyn Creek

Wednesday

June 25

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Johnson's Motorway

Saturday

June 28

8:00 AM (E5 - T4)

TamaraBackbone @ Encinal

Saturday

June 28

8:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

LaurieBackbone @ Encinal - Easier Option

Sunday

June 29

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Thursday

July 3-6

 (E4 - T3/T4)

HuckBAY AREA BIKING ADVENTURE July 3-6th

Friday

July 4

9:30 AM (E3 - T3)

RandySpace Mountain/Rosewood from Randy's

Friday

July 4

4:30 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

Randy4th of July Celebration

Saturday

July 12

3:00 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Friday

August 1

 (E3-4 - T2-4)

WaltCrested Butte Road Trip


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Susan - 805-630-1736

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@att.net

 

Leah - 818-917-9121

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

 

Norman - (805) 807-3357   norman.nrmb@verizon.net

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   cfarrens@gmail.com

 

Michael - 805 886-2605   mkwan@silcom.com

Steve - 805 402-3128

 

Tom - 805-276-4042   photote@msn.com

Huck - 818 321-8868   hshapiro@bluestrike.com

 

Laurie - 310 210-0280   laworthy1@hotmail.com

Walt - elcap1@gte.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, June 7: CORBA Trail Work Day.   Come out and help build and fix up the trails we love to ride! It feels great to ride a trail you've helped build and maintain. For more information, visit the CORBA Trail Crew page. Work days usually last until about 2:00. Be sure to wear suitable clothing (sturdy shoes, long pants and sleeves, hat, GLOVES) and bring snacks, sunscreen and WATER. CORBA will provide the tools and training. Time: 8:30 am.

Its National Trails Day and CORBA will be helping build a new trail from Peter Strauss Ranch to Malibu Creek State park, along with the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council.

Directions: Meet at the Peter Strauss Ranch parking area. From the 101 freeway take Kanan Rd south and turn left on Troutdale Dr. The parking area is left off Mulholland Rd. http://www.smmtc.org/map_peterstrauss.htm

Thursday, July 3: BAY AREA BIKING ADVENTURE July 3-6th.   Get away for the long weekend to the beautiful Bay Area!  We have a trip planned for July 3-6!

This will be NRMB’s first trip to the wonderful Bay Area trails. The trails are primarily outstanding single track under the forest canopy.  They will offer a great mix of intermediate and advanced trails at some of these terrific locations.


Here are some links for the destination trails:

El Corte de Madera Creek http://www.openspace.org/preserves/pr_ecdm.asp 
Long Ridge and Saratoga Gap
http://www.openspace.org/preserves/pr_long_ridge.asp
Soquel Demo Forest 
http://mountainbikebill.com/DemoForest07.htm

We will drive the 5 hours to Palo Alto on Thursday - July 3rd, and then bike for the next three fantastic days on 3 different trails. At the end of the ride on Sunday - July 6th,  we will head back to the hot Los Angeles area from Santa Cruz.

I'm compiling a list of who's going, so please e-mail me (hshapiro@bluestrike.com). I can help provide lodging locations and carpooling assistance.
 Time: 12:00 am.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T3/T4

Friday, July 4: 4th of July Celebration.   On July 4th, we start with an easy ride to Space Mountain from Randy's place starting at 9:30 a.m.. There will be two groups for faster and slower riders so everybody will have a good time. Then it is lunch and than back to Randy’s place for a shower and a walk over to Conejo Park for the annual 4th of July concert at 5:00 p.m.  After the concert in the park, it is back to Randy’s place for a BBQ and the best seat in town for fireworks!  Bring food to BBQ, something to share, beverage and folding chair. (There are not enough chairs here for everyone to have a seat to watch the fireworks, so remember your chair!)

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

Saturday, July 12: 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY .   

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

Friday, August 1: Crested Butte Road Trip.   

Join us on alpine routes like the classic 401, Dyke Trail, Snodgrass and Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman in pristine surroundings. After a days riding soak in the ambiance and a brew in the eclectic town of Crested Butte. With a stop to ride in Durango on the return this trip promises to satisfy the most die-hard of riders. We car-pool and stay at hotels both going and coming and then folks can either camp near or stay in CB and Durango. Riding altitudes vary between 8-11,000'. Recommended for strong intermediate riders and above. Contact elcap1@gte.net for details or questions. FINAL DATE to COMMIT - JUNE 10th.

 Time: 12:00 am.
Endurance Rating = E3-4, Technical Rating = T2-4

We are finalizing this years trip to the mecca of mountain biking, Crested Butte! Come join us on classic alpine routes in a visually stunning area. Dates are tentative for early August, two weekends sandwiching a week in-between with a stop in Durango on the return. Car-pooling along with camping or hotel. Check the "Special Events" link on the NRMB site and click on Crested Butte for photos/videos of last years trip.

Recommended for strong intermediate riders and above. Six riders so far. Contact elcap1@gte.net for details or questions. FINAL DATE to COMMIT - JUNE 10th.

WEEKEND RIDES

Sunday, June 1: 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 2.5 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.

Sunday, June 8: Space Mountain / Potrero & back.   We start with a moderate climb up the Space Mountain singletrack. At the top we’ll continue across the Los Robles Singletrack until we get to the picnic table. After our break it’s on to Potrero Road with lots of up & down single track. Then we turn around & retrace our steps back towards the picnic table, back along the Los Robles Singletrack, down Space Mountain, & through the Whoop De Doo Trail that leads back to the parking area. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.0, Technical Rating = T3.5, 15 Miles and 3000 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: 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, June 14: 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: Huck

For those interested, after the ride both riding groups will meet for lunch.

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.

Saturday, June 14: Mt. Pinos - Easier Option.   This group will ride part road, part off road/trail to enjoy this beautiful area.  This will also be a strenuous ride up the mountain, but a bit easier with the road option.  A great way to enjoy the fun downhill in the pines!   We ride part way to the peak and than have a fun downhill through the pine trees!   Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Laurie

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, June 15: Cheeseboro to Lookout.   We will begin with an easy to moderate climb up the Sulphur Springs trail to Shepherd’s Flat. From here we’ll take the Palo Comado connector trail over to the lookout spot. Then we’ll turn around and enjoy some fun downhill all the way back to the cars via the same route as before. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T3, 10 Miles and 1100 Feet of Climbing , About 2 Hours
, Ride Leader: Michael

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

Sunday, June 15: 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 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

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

Saturday, June 21: Sycamore: Sin Nombre-2 Foxes-Guadalasca-Backbone.   We start on the connector trail and take it over to the asphalt hill. We then descend to the Sycamore Canyon Fire Road, pick up the Sin Nombre ST & merge back into the main FR. Then we’ll ride the Two Foxes ST & take a right onto the Wood Canyon FR. We continue to the base of Guadalasco, climb it, and come down the Backbone ST to the main FR. We begin our return by going up the main FR, up Two Foxes, up Sin Nombre, up the main fire road, up the asphalt hill. From the top it’s 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, 18 Miles and 1600 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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, June 22: 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 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.0, 10 Miles and 1700 Feet of Climbing , About 2.75 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, June 28: Backbone @ Encinal.   This is an out and back ride that is 100% singletrack and 200% fun. We will begin the ride with the newer section of the trail off of Zuma Ridge Motorway. It is approximately 10 miles along the Backbone singletrack to the parking area at the top of Coral 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 cars will proceed along the same trail. Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T4, 20 Miles, About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

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 Mulholland Hwy. At Mulholland make a right (west) and proceed to Encinal Canyon Road. Stay on Encinal. Just after you pass the water treatment plant on the left you’ll see the fireroad (also on your left) where the trail begins. Pass the fireroad and round the corner. Park in the dirt area just off the road.

Saturday, June 28: Backbone @ Encinal - Easier Option.   We will start this ride at the same place.  We will begin the ride with the newer section of the trail off of Zuma Ridge Motorway.  We will continue on to Latigo Canyon and the saddle before turning back  to the cars and will proceed along the same trail. Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Laurie

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 Mulholland Hwy. At Mulholland make a right (west) and proceed to Encinal Canyon Road. Stay on Encinal. Just after you pass the water treatment plant on the left you’ll see the fireroad (also on your left) where the trail begins. Pass the fireroad and round the corner. Park in the dirt area just off the road.

Sunday, June 29: 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.

Friday, July 4: Space Mountain/Rosewood from Randy's.   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 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

After the ride we will go to the concert, BBQ and watch the fireworks from the best seat in the house!

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

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, June 3: Eve Hike to Simi Peak.   We start up Dead Cow Road that takes us up to China Flats, than over and up to Simi Peak. At night, you can see the lights of T.O. Simi, Woodland Hills, and beyond. It is a beautiful site at night. We then hike down Dead Cow. This will be a moderately challenging hike, approx. 5 miles with elev. gain of about 1200'. 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: Charlotte

The sunsets at 8:01 so you won't need flashlights except for possibly the last 10 minutes of the hike.

Directions:   From the 101 Fwy, exit Lindero and turn North. Proceed up Lindero, cross over Kanan and continue up. Just past King James you will see a trailhead on the left. Park on the street at the Trailhead.

Tuesday, June 10: Evening Hike Chumash Trail.   We will climb up the Cumash Trail to Rocky Peak Fireroad, enjoy the view before heading back down. This hike is approx. 5 miles. Bring the usual, flashlights, water, food bars, radios, wear hiking boots, etc. Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2 Hours , Hike Leader: Leah

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.

Tuesday, June 17: Annual Full Moon Summer Wine & Cheese Hike.   June is here, along with summer and wonderful long days!  What better way to once again enjoy the start of summer than with our Full Moon Wine & Cheese hike! Hikes are a great way to get in some mid-week exercise, meet lots of new people, get to know our friends better, and see some beautiful sunsets. We will hike in the Wildwood area, do a shorter loop, picnic at a nice spot, where we will crack open some wine, share some snacks, and welcome the summer. After which we will have a 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.

Sunday, June 22: Hike to Simi Peak from Lang Ranch.   

This hike up to Simi Peak takes the little-known back route and is completely different from the familiar trails through China Flat. It has characteristics that are part way between Tripeaks and the "Boy Scout" trail up to Boney Summit, including some steep sections, many huge boulder piles, caves and some boulders that need to be climbed. About half of the hike is along the edge of the Simi Peak ridge where we can look down on the trails of the North Ranch Rim Ride. Fantastic views into the valleys and of the sandstone rock formations are everywhere. On the way back, if there's time, we'll explore a mini Tripeaks that is just off the trail.

This is a very demanding hike and is only suitable for strong and experienced hikers. Wear boots with high ankles to help keep burrs and foxtails out of your socks, and long-legged pants to protect your legs from some low overgrowth and charred chaparral.

My Topo program shows the round-trip distance as 6 miles, but my GPS reports 7 miles.

 Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. 7 Miles and 2000 Feet of Climbing , About 5.5 Hours , Hike Leader: Steve

This is our first hike up this route! If the temperature is predicted to be above 90 degrees in the area, this event will be cancelled.
Bring your lunch and we'll eat it along the way.

Directions:   Exit the 101 Freeway on Westlake Blvd and head north for about 3 miles. Turn right onto Lang Ranch Parkway (just before Avenida de Los Arboles). The trailhead is about 300 yards east of Westlake Blvd on Lang Ranch Parkway, just before the park on the left side.

Tuesday, June 24: Hike Upper Sycmamore Cyn Creek.   This hike will begin as though we are hiking to the Cabin Site, however at the stream we take a right turn, and hike down the trail next to the stream that takes us down to Sycamore Canyon, to the base of the black top hill. This hike is approx. 4 miles, and travels through some very nice areas on the stream. Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 1.75 Hours , Hike Leader: Susan

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.