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August 2008

With the shorter days, remember to bring your lights and radios tuned to channel 5.25 for the weekly Wednesday night rides!

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

August 2

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteSycamore Canyon from the Beach and BBQ

Saturday

August 2

9:00 AM (E2.5/3 - T2/T3)

LaurieSycamore from Beach & Wood Canyon & BBQ

Sunday

August 3

8:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

NormanCaballero/Sullivan Canyon

Tuesday

August 5

6:15 PM

CharlotteEve Hike Suicide & Dead Cow

Wednesday

August 6

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

WendyReseda at Night

Saturday

August 9

8:00 AM (E3 - T4)

WendyCaballero/Rogers Road Modified

Sunday

August 10

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.0)

TomSherwood Forest / Space Mtn / Rosewood

Wednesday

August 13

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

WendyMTB Sycamore Canyon at Night

Saturday

August 16

8:30 AM (E4.5 - T5)

HuckCharlton/Chilao Flats

Sunday

August 17

11:00 AM (E1 - T1)

RandyBike and Blade on the World Famous LA Beach Path

Tuesday

August 19

6:15 PM

CharlotteEve Hike from Stunt Rd

Wednesday

August 20

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Grasslands at Night

Saturday

August 23

8:00 AM (E4 - T4.5)

TamaraSanta Barbara - Romero Canyon Trail Singletrack

Sunday

August 24

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyTriunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA

Tuesday

August 26

6:15 PM

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

Wednesday

August 27

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Cheeseboro at Night

Friday

August 29-September 1

 (E3/5 - T3/T5)

HuckMammoth Labor Day Weekend

Saturday

August 30

9:30 AM (E3 - T3)

RandyGrasslands - Malibu Creek - Short Bulldog

Sunday

October 12

8:00 AM

CORBA Fat Tire Fest


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Walt - 805-796-9466   elcap1@gte.net

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@att.net

 

Susan - 805-630-1736

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   cfarrens@gmail.com

 

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

Wendy - 818 522-0840   cyberdivachick@yahoo.com

 

Tom - 805-276-4042   photote@msn.com

Huck - 818 321-8868   hshapiro@bluestrike.com

 

Laurie - 310 210-0280   laworthy1@hotmail.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

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.

Friday, August 29: Mammoth Labor Day Weekend.   Let's get away for the Labor Day weekend and spend 4 days riding in the Sierras on Mammoth Mountain!   We will travel up on Thursday, August 28th and ride, ride, ride Friday Aug. 29th through Monday, Sept. 1st.   This is an outstanding location to practice and further develop your technical riding skills while having a great time on the mountain riding with friends.  Although there are trails for most levels, this will not be a fully guided NRMB event.  There will be several group introductory runs on Friday at the Intermediate level and usually the first run each day.   Mammoth also provides very helpful, detailed trial maps.  Please RSVP so we can make sure there are riders at your level to group you with on this trip.

Some of the key features of the Mammoth location:
- 100-plus miles of awesome dirt single-track 
-  Descend 3,000 exhilarating feet from Mammoth's summit to the Canyon Lodge 
-  E
xpansive vistas and pine tree corridors 
-  You're fun NRMB friends will be there over Labor Day weekend! 

Mammoth Bike Park website:
http://www.mammothmountain.com/bike_ride/bike_park/index.cfm

I will be compiling a list of who's going, so please e-mail me (
hshapiro@bluestrike.com) before Aug.  15th if you are in for this phenomenal trip. I can also help provide lodging locations and carpooling assistance. 
 Time: 9:00 am.
Endurance Rating = E3/5, Technical Rating = T3/T5

Sunday, October 12: CORBA Fat Tire Fest.   Join us for CORBA's biggest fundraising event (not to mention CORBA's biggest PARTY) of the year! - Place: Castaic Lake State Recreation Area - Poker Ride Check-In: 8:00AM - 10:30AM - Poker Ride (Helmets Required!): 8:00AM - Noon - 11:00AM - 12:55: Clinics, contests, demos - BBQ Lunch: 11:30AM - 1:00PM - Awards and Raffle: 12:55PM Cost is $25 for CORBA members and $30 for non-members. Pre-register and receive 10 raffle tickets. Go to http://www.fattirefest.com/ for more information and to register. CORBA is also looking for volunteers to work this event. If you are interested in helping out please contact Huck. Time: 8:00 am.

Directions:   Take the 405 / 5 Fwy North a few miles past Magic Mountain. Take Exit 176A for Parker Rd toward Castaic. Travel .2 miles and turn right at Ridge Rte Rd. Head .8 miles and turn right into Castaic Area.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, August 2: Sycamore Canyon from the Beach and BBQ.   We will again break into 2 groups with Huck leading a faster group and Charlotte leading the 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 via Backbone or Guadelasca, 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 rides we will meet up with the E2-3 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, a change of clothes, beach chair, etc.  Most 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

Huck will be leading the advanced ride that will cover more trail and have more climbing.

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 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 on up to 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, change of clothes, beach chair, etc.  Most 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 = E2.5/3, Technical Rating = T2/T3, 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).

Sunday, August 3: Caballero/Sullivan Canyon.   We begin with a moderate to somewhat difficult climb up the Caballero singletrack to dirt Mulholland. Then we head east along Mulholland a couple miles till we reach the Sullivan Canyon cutoff. From here it's a fun, fun, fun downhill all the way to the canyon’s end. The climb out of the canyon is mostly moderate and will proceed along the same trail as before. As a finale we’ll descend Caballero back to the cars. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 20 Miles, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Norman

We may have an alternate group start at the top of Reseda for those who wish to skip the Cabby climb. Those interested in this option should contact the ride leader to set this up.

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Reseda Blvd. exit in Tarzana. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue up Reseda a couple of miles and park on the street at the trailhead. If you come upon the Braemar Country Club you've gone a little too far.

Saturday, August 9: Caballero/Rogers Road Modified.   We begin at the top of Reseda and start with a short, quick climb on a single track up the hill. From here it is a moderate climb on fireroads up to the hub and onto a fun singletrack that leads to Roger's Road. We will proceed along Roger’s Road, a moderate singletrack, and stop at the Old Oak Tree. The route back to the cars will mostly retrace our earlier path and add a fun descent down Caballero. If you do not want to ride back to the top of Reseda, then you will want to shuttle your bike from Caballero to the top of Reseda. Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T4, About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

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

Sunday, August 10: Sherwood Forest / Space Mtn / Rosewood.   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 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 9:00 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: Tom

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, August 16: Charlton/Chilao Flats.   Please RSVP if you plan to ride. This ride is in the Arroyo Seco backcountry area of the San Gabriel Mountains. Winding through pine trees this ride has beautiful views of the mountains and some of the best singletrack around SoCal. The ride begins in the Charlton Flats campground/picnic area off the Angeles Crest Hwy and winds through a section of challenging singletrack. We'll make a quick stop off at the Vetter Mountain Lookout and take in a 360 degree view of the mountains. Then continue our journey on more fun singletrack and head over to the Chilao Station. After the Chilao Station we'll pedal up a gradual climb on a fireroad leading to Mt. Hillyer and Horse Flats campground (elevation gain approximately 1000 ft). At the top of the loop, the trail descends on a section of technical singletrack that should keep the more aggressive downhillers grinning all the way back down. Then back to the cars by the singletrack we came in on. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.5, Technical Rating = T5, 20 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Huck

Directions:   Exit the 210 Freeway onto the Angeles Crest Highway 2 going north and proceed up Angeles Crest Hwy 2 for approximately 20 winding miles to the Charlton Flats Picnic Area. On the left, next to the turn for the Charlton Flats Picnic Area, is an old boarded up building. We'll park and meet in front of the building just off Hwy 2. Additional parking is about a 100 yards into the picnic area on the right. An Adventure Pass is required to park in the Angeles Crest Forest.

Sunday, August 17: Bike and Blade on the World Famous LA Beach Path.   This is the ultimate California experience. We meet at the Merry-Go-Round at Santa Monica Pier and cruise down to Hermosa Beach to see all the beach sights. We’ll dine in splendor on the beach in Hermosa Beach and then head back. It takes all day but it is a great way to see the sights along the beach. You can ride your mountain bike, road bike, beach cruiser or even rollerblade this ride. Meet at 11:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E1, Technical Rating = T1, 30 Miles, About 5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   From the Ventura County area: Take Pacific Coast Hwy 1 South towards Santa Monica until you get to the pier. From San Fernando Valley: Take the 405 Fwy South. Exit on Santa Monica Blvd. and make a right turn from the ramp. Turn left on Ocean Avenue. On the right side, you'll see the Santa Monica Pier as you arrive in Santa Monica. There is parking with a flat rate of approximately $8.

Saturday, August 23: Santa Barbara - Romero Canyon Trail Singletrack.   We start with a fairly steep fireroad climb up Romero Canyon Road for about a half mile or so then cut-off onto the Romero Canyon Trail singletrack to the left of the fireroad. This singletrack climb has some fairly technical sections along the way. We'll bike up the singletrack till we come to where the trail intersects with Romero Canyon Road again at the Oak Tree. We'll then cut-off onto the fireroad and make the remainder of the climb up to the water tower. This fireroad affords some spectacular views of the Santa Barbara area and the ocean beyond. 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 via the route taken up or ride down the fireroad all the way to the cars . Come prepared to have lots 'n lots of fun.  An Easier option: ride up and/or down the main fireroad, Romero Canyon Road, instead of riding the singletrack (E3, T3). Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, 13 Miles and 2400 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

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

Sunday, August 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 9:00 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.

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

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Park in the lot for DeAnza Park located on the northwest corner of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.

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, August 5: Eve Hike Suicide & Dead Cow.   We will start out at the trailhead in Agoura and make our way over to Suicide. This is a challenging and interesting hike with many steep sections. Once we peak, we will then come down dead cow. This hike will be more difficult than our usual as we will climb approx. 1000 ft over less than 5 miles round trip. 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: Charlotte

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, August 19: 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! The trail passes through wooded areas, open areas with views, and spectacular rock formations.  Once we peak, we will enjoy the view before heading back down. This hike is approx. 4.5 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: Charlotte

Leah introduced this fun hike to us! It would be great to do it one more time while the days are still long :).

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. Continue up Stunt Road for about 2.9 miles and watch for the 2.92 and 2.94 mileage markers on the left, the trailhead is on the right. Park anywhere on the left side of the road.

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. Continue up Stunt Road for about 2.9 miles and watch for the 2.92 and 2.94 mileage markers on the left, the trailhead is on the right. Park anywhere on the left side of the road.

Tuesday, August 26: Evening 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 1.75 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.