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

July 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

Tuesday

July 1

6:15 PM

Leah: Eve Hike from Stunt Rd

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

Friday

July 4

4:30 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

Randy4th of July Celebration

Saturday

July 5

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyTriunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA

Sunday

July 6

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Tuesday

July 8

6:15 PM

CamilleEve Hike Triunfo Canyon

Saturday

July 12

8:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraSycamore: Guadalasca - Backbone Loop

Saturday

July 12

3:00 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Sunday

July 13

9:00 AM (E2.5 - T3)

MichaelCheeseboro to Lookout

Sunday

July 13

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3)

RandyCheeseboro/China Flats Loop

Tuesday

July 15

6:15 PM

Susan: Eve Hike Kanan to Zuma Ridge

Wednesday

July 16

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Space Mountain at Night

Saturday

July 19

8:30 AM (E3.5 - T2)

WaltBackbone West from Encinal Rd

Saturday

July 19

9:00 AM (E2 - T1)

Laurie and Michael: Ventura Beach Bike Path

Sunday

July 20

8:30 AM (E5 - T4)

TamaraMt. Pinos

Tuesday

July 22

6:15 PM

CharlotteEve Hike Malibu Creek

Wednesday

July 23

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

NormanMTB Grasslands at Night

Saturday

July 26

9:00 AM (E4 - T5)

HuckStrawberry Peak Loop from Switzers

Sunday

July 27

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

BobBackbone: Kanan to Corral Canyon

Wednesday

July 30

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Sycamore Canyon at Night

Saturday

August 2

9:00 AM (E2 - T2)

LaurieSycamore from Beach & Wood Canyon & BBQ

Saturday

August 2

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteSycamore Canyon from the Beach and BBQ


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.nrmbc@verizon.net

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   cfarrens@gmail.com

 

Michael - 805 886-2605   mkwan@silcom.com

Huck - 818 321-8868   hshapiro@bluestrike.com

 

Laurie - 310 210-0280   laworthy1@hotmail.com

Walt - 805-796-9466   elcap1@gte.net

 

Camille - (805) 484-4217   clafredo@yahoo.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

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




Crested Butte Trip.   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.

WEEKEND RIDES

Friday, July 4: 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 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

We meet at the base of Space Mountain and not at my apartment as described in the June newsletter.

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, July 5: 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 9:00 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. We start at the far west end of the park.

Sunday, July 6: 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 9:00 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.

Saturday, July 12: 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 8:00 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: Tamara

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, July 13: 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

I plan to check the weather forecast before we ride. Depending on the weather, we may try to leave at 8:30am.

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, July 13: Cheeseboro/China Flats Loop.   We will begin with an easy to moderate climb up the Sulphur Springs trail to Shepherd’s Flat. Then we head west on the Palo Comado connector singletrack that leads to the Palo Comado fireroad. We’ll continue up this rather steep fireroad for approximately a mile till we come to the top of China Flats. The loop ride around the top of China Flats is both beautiful and easy. Those with extra energy can ride and/or hike-a-bike up to Simi Peak. On a clear day the view from the top is well worth the fairly short but very strenuous technical climb up to it. We’ll then retrace our tracks and enjoy some fun downhill all the way back to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3, 15 Miles and 1800 Feet of Climbing , About 3 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, July 19: Backbone West from Encinal Rd .   This ride has lots of swooping, curving singletrack and some great views! We start with a gentle climb up the new Encinal singletrack segment to the Decker/Mulholland singletrack segment of the Backbone Trail, cross the road and continue up to Etz Meloy Motorway. We'll head west on the Etz Meloy segment of the Backbone Trail enjoying the spectacular views in all directions, including into Hidden Valley and Lake Sherwood. After 2 miles on the fireroad, we'll cross paved Yerba Buena Rd to get onto the singletrack Backbone Trail and ride it 4.5 miles to the base of the the Mishe Mokwa Trail. We'll turn around here and retrace our path. An easier option on the way back is to take Yerba Buena/Little Sycamore Canyon Rd back instead of the Etz Meloy Motorway. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T2, 19 Miles and 2500 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Walt

Directions:   From Thousand Oaks and points west, exit the 101 Freeway at Westlake Blvd and head south. About 3.5 miles past Potrero, turn left onto Mulholland and go 2.5 miles. Make a very sharp right turn onto Encinal Canyon Rd (west, back towards Decker), drive for 2.3 miles and park at the side of the road.
From Agoura and points east, exit the 101 at Kanan and head south. After 6 miles, turn right onto Mulholland for 1 mile, then bear left onto Encinal Canyon Rd. After 2.3 miles more, park at the side of the road.

Saturday, July 19: Ventura Beach Bike Path.   With the summer days upon us...stay cool with a ride on the beach path from Ventura, up to the end of the road before Fwy 101! This is approximately a 26-mile round trip, and this is a great bike ride that is suitable for everyone! We will meet at the Marriott Hotel in Ventura, and start to bike up the paved bike path. Then we pedal to Pacific Coast Hwy 1 that parallels the beach and the 101 Fwy the entire way. We can then take a breather at the end of the road and re-trace the path which leads us back to our cars. For those interested after the ride, have your beach towels waiting in the car and enjoy some waves for a while or we can find a nice restaurant nearby and have a fantastic lunch! Note: There will be no off-road bike riding so road/comfort bikes are welcome on this spectacular ride. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2, Technical Rating = T1, 26 Miles, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Laurie and Michael

We wanted a fun ride along the ocean to get away from the hot weather. It's almost all pavement so thin tires are welcome.

Directions:   Take the 101 to Ventura. Exit at Seaward Ave and turn south towards the ocean. Turn right on Harbor Blvd. The Marriott is located at 2055 Harbor Blvd. We will meet on the far side of the hotel that faces San Pedro St. There is usually lots of daytime parking in the hotel parking lot on that side.

Sunday, July 20: 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 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T4, 19 Miles and 4400 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

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

Saturday, July 26: Strawberry Peak Loop from Switzers.   This fantastic ride starts with a steep 1/2 mile road climb out of Switzers. Then it's a 3 mile fireroad climb up Josephine Road. At the top of the fireroad we’ll ride around Strawberry Peak on a newly rebuilt singletrack that clings to the mountainside. The trail has some exposure, although not too technical, some may want to walk a section or two. After 2 miles of contouring, there is a fun, swooping descent before the trail climbs another 2 miles up a switchback singletrack. Then it’s time to hang on for the descent of your life; with lots of exposure, the singletrack curves in and out with views of the highway way, way below you. Eventually the trail heads away from the cliffs and you can let go of the brakes and enjoy some whoop-de-doo jumps down to the road. The last 5 miles follows the upper section of the Gabrielino Trail where exposure is no longer a factor. This section has lots of fun corners and rocky sections to enjoy before ending at Switzers Picnic Area.   Please RSVP if you plan to ride. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T5, 14 Miles and 3000 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Huck

Directions:   From the intersection of I-210 and CA2 in La Canada, take CA2 (Angeles Crest Highway) north into Angeles National Forest. After 9 miles of twisting roads, you'll reach the intersection with Angeles Forest Highway. Once you pass Angeles Forest Highway and Clear Creek Station the entrance to Switzers picnic area will be on your right in less than a mile. Meet in the lower parking lot. Note: A National Forrest Adventure Pass is required to park here. You can get one at the Clear Creek Station at the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Angeles Forest Highway.

Sunday, July 27: Backbone: Kanan to Corral Canyon.   This is an out and back ride that is 100% singletrack and 200% fun. We will ride the Backbone singletrack approximately 7 miles to the parking area at the top of Corral Canyon. This trail has a lot of ups and downs and is quite technical in some sections. We’ll stop at the parking area for a while and take in the view. The ride back to the car will proceed along the same trail. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 14 Miles and 2600 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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

Saturday, August 2: Sycamore from Beach & Wood Canyon & BBQ.   We’ll ride up the Big Sycamore Trail to Two Foxes and back to the main fireroad. Then we ride up the paved Ranch Center Road and Art’s Trail. And it’s back to the paved road and we’ll see the water tower. The best part of this ride is blasting down Wood Canyon.  From there we have the option of extending the ride dependent on the group. After the ride we will meet with the other riders on the Beach side of Hwy 1 for a great BBQ and to hangout and enjoy. Be sure to bring something to grill, something to share and something to drink with you to the ride in a cooler. Also, you may want to bring along a towel and a change of clothes. Some will park on the beach side in the morning even though we are meeting on the park side for the ride. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2, Technical Rating = T2, 14 Miles and 1000 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Laurie

Charlotte will arrive early to reserve some tables. If you just want to show up for the BBQ, look for a red convertible and tables near it that have NRMB notes posted on them. The BBQ should start around 12:30 or so.

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 approximately 14 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).

Saturday, August 2: Sycamore Canyon from the Beach and BBQ.   We will again break into 2 groups with a faster and intermediate group heading up Overlook. We will climb up the Overlook Fireroad, enjoying the fabulous surrounding ocean views. After crossing over to Backbone we will make our descent to the canyon floor and back to the ocean side of Sycamore. The faster group may head up Sage and down Wood Canyon or wherever the ride may take them! After the ride we’ll meet up with the E2 riders, hangout at the beach and have a big BBQ. Be sure to bring something to grill, something to share and something to drink with you to the ride in a cooler. Also, you may want to bring along a towel and a change of clothes. Some will park on the beach side in the morning even though we are meeting on the park side for the ride. 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: Charlotte

I will arrive early to reserve some tables. If you just want to show up for the BBQ, look for a red convertible and tables near it that have NRMB notes posted on them. The BBQ should start around 12:30 or so... or come early and work on your tan!

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 approximately 14 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).

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. We start at the far west end of the park.

HIKES

Tuesday, July 1: Eve Hike from Stunt Rd.   We will climb up the single track to the peak, where we will have a terrific view to watch the setting sun! Once we peak, we will enjoy the view before heading back down the fireroad. 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

IMPORTANT NOTE: MEET AT THE TRAILHEAD AT 6:15 SHARP AS WE WILL CARPOOL TO THE TRAILHEAD AT 6:20.

Directions:   From Thousand Oaks: Take the 101 Freeway, exit on Las Virgenes Road and head south for 3 miles. Turn left on Mulholland Highway. Travel about 4 miles and turn right on Stunt Road. Just as you turn onto Stunt Road, park on the right side of the road and we will carpool to the hiking trail. The trail is about 2.7 miles further up Stunt Road, the trailhead is on the right but has limited parking.

From the Valley & West LA: Take the 101 Freeway, exit Valley Circle/Mulholland Drive and go south on Mulholland for ½ mile, turn right on to Valmar Road which becomes Old Topanga Canyon Rd. Take a right on Mulholland Hwy and continue for about 3 miles and turn left onto Stunt Road. Just as you turn onto Stunt Road, park on the right side of the road and we will carpool to the hiking trail.The trail is about 2.7 miles further up Stunt Road, the trailhead is on the right but has limited parking.

Tuesday, July 8: Eve Hike Triunfo Canyon.   We will start from Triunfo park.  Great switch0back trail from Triunfo Park, we will loop around by way of White Horse Canyon Trail, accross the ridge and back down Triunfo.  There are lots a nice views on this new night hike. This will be a moderate hike, approx. 5 miles, 900 ft elevation gain/loss, on some fire road and single track. Bring the usual, water, food, wear hiking boots, etc. Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2 Hours , Hike Leader: Camille

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 Triunfo Community Park and meet at the far end of the parking lot. If lot is full, proceed on Tamarack to the second parking lot.

Tuesday, July 15: Eve Hike Kanan to Zuma Ridge.   We will start on the single track that leads down and away from Kanan and make our way over to Zuma Ridge trail and return.  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: Susan

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

Tuesday, July 22: Eve 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, etc. Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

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.)