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November 2008

Remember to have your radios for the rides and tune them to channel 5.25.

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

The Technical Rating (how smooth/rocky):

T1

Mostly smooth & wide

T2

Mostly smooth but variable width

T3

Predominately uneven surfaces & somewhat rocky

T4

Long segments with rocky and uneven surfaces

T5

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


Summary

Saturday

November 1

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

HuckLas Llajas/Devil's Canyon/Johnson Mtwy/Chumash

Sunday

November 2

9:30 AM (E2 - T2)

MichaelSycamore from the Beach & Wood Canyon

Wednesday

November 5

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Wildwood at Night

Saturday

November 8

8:30 AM (E4 - T3)

CharlotteParker Mesa Overlook from Caballero

Saturday

November 8

8:45 AM (E3.5 - T2)

Parker Mesa Overlook from Reseda

Sunday

November 9

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

TomGrasslands - Short Bulldog Loop

Wednesday

November 12

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

NormanMTB Space Mountain at Night

Saturday

November 15

9:00 AM (E2.5 - T3)

KerryGrasslands to Dam

Saturday

November 15

9:00 AM (E5 - T4.5)

TamaraOjai - Gridley to Nordhoff Peak

Sunday

November 16

9:00 AM (3.0 - 4.0)

BobCheeseboro-Dead Cow Singletrack Loop

Wednesday

November 19

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Cheeseboro at Night

Saturday

November 22

9:00 AM

Steve: Secret Passage to Simi Peak Hike

Saturday

November 22

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Sunday

November 23

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

BobSycamore: Sin Nombre-2 Foxes-Guadalasca-Backbone

Friday

November 28

9:30 AM (E4 - T4.5)

RandyCheeseboro/Bell Canyon

Saturday

November 29

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

TamaraBackbone: Kanan to Corral Canyon

Sunday

November 30

9:00 AM (E4.0 - T4.0)

NormanChumash / Johnson Mtwy / Chumash

Sunday

December 7

12:30 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

NRMB Holiday BBQ!!!


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Huck - 818 321-8868   hshapiro@bluestrike.com

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@att.net

 

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

Bob - 805-890-0052   goodtobebob2005-97@yahoo.com

 

Michael - 805 886-2605   mkwan@silcom.com

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   cfarrens@gmail.com

 

Tom - 805-276-4042   photote@msn.com

Steve - 805 402-3128

 

Kerry - Kerryrichardson01@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

Sunday, December 7: NRMB Holiday BBQ!!!.   Every year NRMB gets together to enjoy some holiday cheer!  So save the date for this year's fun holiday BBQ!  More details to come.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, November 1: Las Llajas/Devil's Canyon/Johnson Mtwy/Chumash.   We will start at the bottom of Chumash Trail and ride on the street to Las Llajas Canyon, where we climb a gentle fireroad with 530 ft of elevation gain over 3.5 miles. At this point we will turn up the steep Oil Well Road until we reach Rocky Peak Fireroad. Here we can take a break to catch our breath and regroup.  We will then head east a bit to start our descent along Devil's Canyon.  This will be 4.5 miles of technical single-track navigating along the exciting canyon floor.  When we reach the end, we will climb out above the 118 Fwy and up through the mansions of Chatsworth to reach Johnson's Motorway. This 2.8 mile climb along a rocky fireroad will get your heart pumping.  After resting at the top, we will ride down to the bottom on Chumash Trail, a mostly firm but often rocky singletrack. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 18 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Huck

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.

Sunday, November 2: Sycamore from the Beach & Wood Canyon.   We’ll begin at the parking lot and 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 and then back to the main fireroad and on to the parking lot. Meet at 9:30 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: Michael

Let's do this one again! Please bring a two-radio (FRS) - so we can stay in touch. If you have questions on the day of the ride, call me at (805) 886-2605.

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, November 8: Parker Mesa Overlook from Caballero.   This is a scenic out and back ride with terrific views along the way and of the ocean and the islands at the Parker Mesa Overlook. We begin with a moderate to fairly difficult climb up the Caballero singletrack to dirt Mulholland.  From here it is a moderate climb on fireroads and accross Temescal Ridge up to the hub. From here will we ride past Eagles Rock and continue onto Trippet Ranch, then continue onto the Parker Mesa Overlook before turning around. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T3, 22 Miles and 4200 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Charlotte

There will be two groups, one that will meet at the bottom of cabby at 8:30 and another group that will skip Cabby and meet at the end of Reseda at 8:45. We will than all meet up at the hub for the rest of the ride. After the ride we will have lunch at Quincy's BBQ.

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, November 8: Parker Mesa Overlook from Reseda.   This is a scenic out and back ride with terrific views along the way and of the ocean and the islands at the Parker Mesa Overlook. We will start at the South end of Reseda (not at the Caballero Trail, but further up Reseda.) We will ride up to the top end of Dirt Mulholland and ride across the Temescal Ridge Trail to the Hub. From here will we ride past Eagles Rock and continue onto Trippet Ranch, then continue onto the Parker Mesa Overlook before turning around. Meet at 8:45 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T2, 17 Miles and 3400 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours

There will be two groups, one that will meet at the bottom of cabby at 8:30 and another group that will skip Cabby and meet at the end of Reseda at 8:45. We will than all meet up at the hub for the rest of the ride. After the ride we will have lunch at Quincy's BBQ.

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, November 9: Grasslands - Short Bulldog Loop.   We’ll bike over to Malibu Creek State Park via the Grasslands trail. Once inside the park we’ll proceed along the main fireroad, which passes through a fairly short but technical rocky streambed. After a short stop at the M*A*S*H site we’ll tackle the first 1.25 miles of Bulldog. After the steep but fairly short climb up Bulldog we’ll cut off onto Lookout Fireroad that will bring us down to a paved road in the Malibu Lake area. Then we’ll take Crags Road to a back entrance of the park and pedal back to the cars via the same path as before. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 14 Miles and 2100 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tom

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

Saturday, November 15: Grasslands to Dam.   Starting from De Anza Park, we’ll bike over to Malibu Creek State Park via the Grasslands Trail. Once inside the park, we will proceed along the main fireroad that leads up to Crags Road, which passes through a fairly short but technical rocky streambed (some of the technical parts can be rideable, but you can walk this area to be on the safe side). After a short stop at the M*A*S*H area, we continue on to the dam. We’ll retrace our tracks that take us back to De Anza Park. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T3, 15 Miles and 1400 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Kerry

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

Saturday, November 15: Ojai - Gridley to Nordhoff Peak.   This is a beautiful out and back ride on 85% singletrack that affords some spectacular views along the way. The ride begins with a fairly technical and difficult climb up a short connector trail. The first half of the main trail is a moderate climb and passes through several avocado groves. The second half of the main trail narrows and steepens a bit with many switchbacks. At the top of the saddle we’ll cutoff onto a fairly short but very steep fireroad that leads to an old fire lookout tower. The views from the top make the climb up worth the effort. Since this is an out and back ride, those who tire can turn back at any time and coast back to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T4.5, 15 Miles and 3400 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

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

Sunday, November 16: Cheeseboro-Dead Cow Singletrack Loop.   

We'll begin with a moderate climb up the Sulphur Springs trail to Shepherd’s Flat. From there we head west on the Palo Comado connector singletrack and rest at the overlook spot. Then we ride down the technical Dead Cow singletrack. From the bottom of the singletrack we climb up the lower portion of the fireroad back to the Palo Comado Overlook. From here we retrace our tracks all the way back to the cars via Sulphur Springs while enjoying some fun downhill. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = 3.0, Technical Rating = 4.0, 13 Miles, About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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, November 22: Santa Rosa/Wildwood Loop.   We start by climbing the hill behind CLU and traverse across the ridge toward the nursery for a quick warm-up. After a short stop we’ll retrace our tracks and cut-off onto the Santa Rosa trail that leads into Wildwood Park. This is a very fun singletrack that is moderate to fairly technical. There are some great views of the Santa Rosa Valley along the way. Once down in Wildwood we’ll head out towards Lizard Rock via the Stagecoach singletrack or the fireroad (your choice). From here we will take the Lizard Rock singletrack down to the valley floor and head on to the falls. Then there’s a fairly steep but relatively short climb up the beginning part of the Lynn Muir trail. After the climb there is a lot of fun to be had on the rest of the singletrack, which leads out to Lynn Road. From here it is just a short road ride back to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 13 Miles, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lynn Road exit in Thousand Oaks. At the end of the off-ramp proceed north. Take Lynn for several miles (it will turn into Olsen Road) until you reach Mountclef Blvd. (at CLU). Park on the street at the northwest corner of Mountclef and Olsen.

Sunday, November 23: 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.

Friday, November 28: Cheeseboro/Bell Canyon.   We will begin with an easy to moderate climb up the Sulphur Springs Trail to Shepherd’s Flat. Then it’s a short ride east on the connector trail, which takes us to a strenuous climb up the power line fireroad. We will descend down the other side and cutoff onto a singletrack that goes though a portion of Bell and Las Virgenes Canyons. Then it’s another strenuous climb up Gaspipe to Sheep's Corral. From here it’s all downhill back to the cars via the Sulphur Spring Trail. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, 18 Miles, About 3.5 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, November 29: 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: 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 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.

Sunday, November 30: Chumash / Johnson Mtwy / Chumash.   We'll make a moderate to difficult climb up a mostly firm but often rocky singletrack, a.k.a. Chumash (2.8 mi). When we reach Rocky Peak fireroad, at the top, we continue half a mile, ups & downs, to Johnson Mtwy. Then it's a 2.6 mile rocky fireroad descent, quite fun and challenging. After a brief rest we'll climb back up Johnson Mtwy. After another rest, at the top, we go back over to the top of Chumash. Now its a fun, technical, challenge, back down to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.0, Technical Rating = T4.0, 12 Miles and 2700 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Norman

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

HIKES

Saturday, November 22: Secret Passage to Simi Peak Hike.   

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 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. 7 Miles and 2000 Feet of Climbing , About 5.5 Hours , Hike Leader: Steve

Bring something for lunch and we'll eat it along the way back. This hike will be cancelled if the temperature is forecast to be above 85 degrees, or if there is a red flag warning in effect.

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.