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December 2008

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

During the rainy winter months, if the ground is wet, call the ride leader on the morning of the ride to see if it's been relocated to a drier trail. There may also be a notice on the web site (http://www.nrmbc.org), or the NRMB egroup, but don't rely on these if there is not comment.

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

Wednesday

December 3

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Grasslands at Night

Saturday

December 6

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

BobCaballero/Roger's Road

Sunday

December 7

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

CharlotteAhmanson/Cheeseboro from Victory

Sunday

December 7

9:30 AM (E2.5-3 - T2.5)

Jim HerbeinAhmanson/Cheeseboro Beginner

Sunday

December 7

12:30 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

GrahamNRMB Holiday BBQ!!!

Wednesday

December 10

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T4)

NormanMTB Triunfo Canyon Trail at Night

Saturday

December 13

8:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

WendyCaballero/Sullivan Canyon

Saturday

December 13

9:00 AM (E5 - T5)

WaltSanta Barbara - Little Pine (Advanced)

Sunday

December 14

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.0)

TomSherwood Forest / Space Mtn / Rosewood

Sunday

December 14

9:30 AM (E2 - T2)

MichaelSycamore from the Beach & Wood Canyon

Wednesday

December 17

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Sycamore Canyon at Night

Saturday

December 20

9:00 AM

Steve: Hike Topanga Ridge and Cold Creek Canyon Loop

Saturday

December 20

9:00 AM (E2.5 - T3)

KerryGrasslands to Dam

Saturday

December 20

9:30 AM (E4.5 - T4)

RandyNorth Ranch Rim Trail

Sunday

December 21

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T2)

WaltBackbone West from Encinal Rd

Saturday

December 27

9:00 AM (E4 - T4.5)

TamaraChumash/Hummingbird

Sunday

December 28

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

RandySycamore: Modified Guadalasca - Backbone Loop

Wednesday

December 31

8:30 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

HuckNew Year's Eve Party 2009!

Thursday

January 1

12:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.0)

RandySherwood Forest / Space Mtn / Rosewood


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Huck - 818 321-8868   hshapiro@bluestrike.com

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@yahoo.com

 

Walt - 805-796-9466   elcap1@gte.net

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

 

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

Graham - 818 585-5368   gjm@socal.rr.com

 

Kerry - Kerryrichardson01@yahoo.com

Wendy - 818 522-0840   cyberdivachick@yahoo.com

 

Jim Herbein - jimmher@msn.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!!!.   It's time for a Holiday BBQ and ride!  First we will have both an intermediate and an easier ride.  After the rides, we will all meet at Graham's house in Woodland Hills to have a fun BBQ and share some holiday cheer.  Please bring something to BBQ and something to share.  Some are already providing egg nog and rum...and feel free to bring your own beverage of choice.    You may drop off your food at my house prior to the ride if desired, or bring your items in a cooler to the ride.  For guests, mates or those that overslept and missed the rides, we should be arriving at the house for the BBQ around 12:45 p.m. or so.  The more the merrier!  For directions or more information contact at Graham at 818-585-5368 or  gjm@socal.rr.com

GIFT EXCHANGE: We will also have a gift exchange.  For those who would like to participate, bring a $20 wrapped, new, gift.  NO GAG gifts or used items, etc. 

TOY DRIVE!  In addition to your gift to swap, Charlotte is once again collecting toys on behalf of NRMB for the local toy drive. If you would like to participate, please bring a new, un-wrapped, children’s toy or children’s sporting equipment. She will deliver them all to the collection center at a Ventura County local Fire Department. Every year, thousands of children experience a Christmas morning with no gifts to open, and this year we expect even more children without gifts. With the love and support of toy donors like you, many children will receive a new toy this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 31: New Year's Eve Party 2009!.   Ring in another New Year with friends, new and old, at New Year's Eve Party 2009!

There will be music, dancing, lots of friends and cheer. There will be some wine, sodas, beer, hors d'oeuvres, and punch provided; you may also want to bring along your beverage of choice, champagne and some finger food or dessert to share.  Dress is formal to dinner/cocktail attire for an exceptional fun night ringing in 2009!  

Invitations will be sent via Evite and RSVPs are greatly be appreciated.  Feel free to bring a friend; the best parties are when we meet new people!

FUN!... MUSIC!... FOOD!....DRINK!.... FRIENDS!....FUN!

Directions:   The party is in Encino. For more details and address, email Huck to receive an Evite.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, December 6: Caballero/Roger's Road.   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 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, past the ‘Old Oak Tree’ to the bridge overlook. The route back to the cars will mostly retrace our earlier path. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 20 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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.

Sunday, December 7: Ahmanson/Cheeseboro from Victory.   The National Park Service opened the Victory Blvd entrance to the Ahmanson Ranch area (now called the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve – what a mouthful!). Let’s start a ride here and venture into Cheeseboro from the east side for a change. After traversing the rolling hills of Ahmanson we’ll drop down into Las Virgenes Canyon and then downshift to make the climb up to Cheeseboro via what we "affectionately" have called "Pump Road" (Las Virgenes Canyon connector.)  From there we will ride to Cheeseboro Canyon and on up to Sulphur Springs and Shepard Flats.  From there the fast few may head over to the Overlook before all will take the Sheep Coral Trail where we will head down the fun technical Gaspipe (still Sheep Coral Trail) back to Las Virgenes Canyon. We’ll return on a largely different route to the Victory Preserve. This ride is a mix of fire road and single track.  There is a bit of climbing which will provide a timely pre-emptive strike on all that fattening food looming over the holiday season! Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 15 Miles and 2300 Feet of Climbing , About 3.25 Hours
, Ride Leader: Charlotte

Of course after the ride we will head over to Graham's for the NRMB Holiday BBQ!! You may either bring your Holiday BBQ food to the trailhead in a cooler, or drop it off at Graham's house before the ride. If you intend to drop it at Graham's, please contact him in advance to make arrangements.

Directions:   Exit the 101 freeway at the Mulholland/Valley Circle off ramp and head north on Valley Circle for about 2 miles. Turn left (west) on Victory Blvd and head up the hill to the end, which is the Preserve entrance. Parking is $3 in the NPS lot (worked on the honor system, but they do check!) or free on the side roads close by.

Sunday, December 7: Ahmanson/Cheeseboro Beginner.   The National Park Service opened the Victory Blvd entrance to the Ahmanson Ranch area (now called the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve – what a mouthful!). Let’s start a ride here and venture into Cheeseboro from the east side for a change. After traversing the rolling hills of Ahmanson we’ll drop down into Las Virgenes Canyon and then downshift to make the climb up to Cheeseboro via what we "affectionately" have called "Pump Road" (Las Virgenes Canyon connector.)  From there we will ride to Cheeseboro Canyon and on up to Sulphur Springs and possibly to Shepard Flats depending on the group.  From there we will turn around and head back the way we came.    Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5-3, Technical Rating = T2.5, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Jim Herbein

After the ride we will head over to Graham's for the NRMB Holiday BBQ!! You may either bring your Holiday BBQ food to the trailhead in a cooler, or drop it off at Graham's house before the ride. If you intend to drop it at Graham's, please contact him in advance to make arrangements.

Directions:   Exit the 101 freeway at the Mulholland/Valley Circle off ramp and head north on Valley Circle for about 2 miles. Turn left (west) on Victory Blvd and head up the hill to the end, which is the Preserve entrance. Parking is $3 in the NPS lot (worked on the honor system, but they do check!) or free on the side roads close by.

Saturday, December 13: 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, 16 Miles and 2300 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

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, December 13: Santa Barbara - Little Pine (Advanced).   Climbers, this is your ride: 13 miles of steep fireroad. You will, however, be rewarded for your effort by a 6-7 mile super-sweet, super-technical singletrack that descends down a beautiful canyon. From the Lower Oso parking lot we’ll climb approximately 4 miles up a steep fireroad, alongside a scenic riverbed, to the Cameusa Connector trail turnoff. From here we will continue climbing 2 more miles to a fork in the road and continue up the left fork for another 4 miles to a section of switchbacks known as "The Wall." From the top of The Wall it's another 2 - 2½ miles of moderate climbing to the Water Tower. We’ll continue along the saddle of the mountain from the Water Tower for about 1 - 1.5 more miles to the top where we'll enjoy some lunch and take in the scenic view of the Santa Barbara foothills, Cachuma Lake and, even the ocean on a clear day. Now comes the very narrow and very technical 6-7 mile singletrack decent. You also have the option of going back the down the fireroad to the parking lot if you don't feel up to the singletrack. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T5, 20 Miles and 3800 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Walt

If you would like to carpool, please contact Walt (email or call) to discuss and arrange.

Directions:   Take the 101 north to Santa Barbara and exit "154/Lake Cachuma". Go straight through the signal light, crossing Hollister Ave. This road will curve around to the left and leads to another major signal intersection, turn right. This is Hwy 154. The 154 will head up and over the mountain. Once you cross a very long bridge look for the Paradise Road turn-off, and turn right. Drive several miles to the Forest Ranger kiosk, in the middle of the road, where you can purchase an Adventure Pass. Continue straight across the cement bridge through the riverbed and park in the Lower Oso parking lot on the right by the bathrooms. Here's where we'll meet to start our ride. Plan for a 1.5 to 1.75 hour drive to get there from Thousand Oaks.

Sunday, December 14: 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.

Sunday, December 14: 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

For those who missed the ride in November because of weather, we're doing it again. Please bring a two-way FRS radio if you have one. Contact me at (805) 886-2605 in case we cancel for weather.

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, December 20: 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, December 20: North Ranch Rim Trail.   How about a ride that starts where this bike club started years and years ago? Lets bike along the northern edge of North Ranch moving east until we get to Dead Cow Road. Then we ride over to the new trail above Double Tree in Oak Park. This leads us back to the bottom of Suicide and back into Oak Park (is that the real name?). Then, instead of backtracking the way we came, there is a new trail just off Falling Star that gets us back to the area above North Ranch and then we backtrack to our cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.5, Technical Rating = T4, 15 Miles, About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

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.

Sunday, December 21: 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 9:00 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

The is large parking lot on the North side of Encinal now, you can park there.

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, December 27: Chumash/Hummingbird.   We will make a moderate to difficult climb up a fairly technical singletrack, a.k.a. Chumash. When we reach the fireroad at the top we will descend the Rocky Peak fireroad a few miles till we meet up with Hummingbird. The descent down this singletrack is lots of fun but can be rather technical and steep in some sections. We make our way back to the cars on mostly fireroads. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, 13 Miles, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

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, December 28: Sycamore: Modified Guadalasca - Backbone Loop.   We start off on the connector trail that leads to Big Sycamore Canyon Road. We’ll descend down into the canyon and cutoff onto Sin Nombre and continue down to the end of Two Foxes. From here we'll head up Wood Canyon and climb up Guadalasca to the top of the mountain. Then it's a fast fireroad descent over to Backbone where we'll enjoy more descending on a really fun singletrack. After a short ride back up Two Foxes we’ll continue riding up the main fireroad and climb the dreaded asphalt hill. From the top it’s just a short ride back to the cars via the connector trail. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 18 Miles and 2200 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

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.

Thursday, January 1: 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 12:00 pm 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.

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, December 20: Hike Topanga Ridge and Cold Creek Canyon Loop.   This hike covers two beautiful but very different trails. We climb up the Topanga Ridge Trail to the top of Stunt Road. This trail is a rocky and sometimes fairly steep ridgeline trail with dropoffs on one side or the other for much of the way. There are great distant and close views of the Calabasas sandstone formations. Our return will be on the Cold Creek Canyon Trail, much of which is shaded by trees and tall chaparral. In contrast to the stark views from the Topanga Ridge, this trail envelopes you in tranquility. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. 6 Miles and 1600 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours , Hike Leader: Steve

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 1 mile to the Calabasas Peak Motorway (on the left). There is plenty of parking on the right 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 1 mnile to the Calabasas Peak Motorway (on the left). There is plenty of parking on the right side of the road.