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January 2009

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

Thursday

January 1

12:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.0)

RandySherwood Forest / Space Mtn / Rosewood

Saturday

January 3

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

BobCaballero/Sullivan Canyon

Sunday

January 4

9:30 AM (E2 - T2)

MichaelSycamore from the Beach & Wood Canyon

Sunday

January 4

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Wednesday

January 7

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Space Mountain at Night

Saturday

January 10

9:00 AM (E5 - T3)

HuckMalibu Creek - Bulldog - Tapia

Saturday

January 10

9:30 AM

Steve: Introduction to Geocaching: Hike Conejo Mountain

Sunday

January 11

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TomSycamore: Guadalasca - Backbone Loop

Wednesday

January 14

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

NormanMTB Cheeseboro at Night

Saturday

January 17

10:00 AM (E3.5 - T3)

WendySanta Barbara - Romero Canyon

Sunday

January 18

9:00 AM (E5 - T5)

TamaraLower Merrill to Inspiration Point and Sunset

Wednesday

January 21

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T4)

NormanMTB Triunfo Canyon Trail at Night

Saturday

January 24

8:00 AM (E5 - T5)

NormanEpic Palm Canyon

Saturday

January 24

9:30 AM (E2.5 - T3)

KerryGrasslands to Dam

Saturday

January 24

9:30 AM (E4 - T4.5)

RandyTest Your Metal and Your Mettle

Sunday

January 25

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3)

CharlotteWood Ranch / China Flats

Wednesday

January 28

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Grasslands at Night

Saturday

January 31

8:30 AM (More - Trails!)

CORBA Trail Work Day

Saturday

January 31

9:00 AM (E5 - T4.5)

NormanOjai - Gridley to Nordhoff Peak

Sunday

February 1

8:30 AM (E3.5 - T4)

WendyLas Llajas to Chumash

Sunday

February 1

2:45 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

CharlotteSuper Bowl Party & BBQ!


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Huck - 818 321-8868   hshapiro@bluestrike.com

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@yahoo.com

 

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

Wendy - 818 522-0840   cyberdivachick@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

Saturday, January 31: CORBA Trail Work Day.   Come out and help build and fix up the trails we love to ride! It feels great to ride a trail you've helped build and maintain. For more information, visit the CORBA Trail Crew page. Work days usually last until about 2:00. Be sure to wear suitable clothing (sturdy shoes, long pants and sleeves, hat, GLOVES) and bring snacks, sunscreen and WATER. CORBA will provide the tools and training. Time: 8:30 am.

We'll be working on the Backbone Trail between Latigo Cyn Rd and Kanan. This will be a joint work day with the Santa Monica Trails Council and the Sierra Club Task Force. We will meet at the trailhead at 8:30 am and plan to be back at the trailhead around 2:00 pm.

Directions: Meet at the Latigo Trailhead parking lot about 3 mi from Kanan Rd. {1780 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu}

Sunday, February 1: Super Bowl Party & BBQ!.   It's time for another fun Super Bowl party!   We will have the wide screen hi-def TV in the living room and another TV in the family room, so you can sit back, relax and watch or roam and mingle and still catch every down of the game!  So come and watch, chat with friends, throw something on the barbie and join the football pool.  I will have some chili & dogs, soft drinks and either a hot beverage if it's cold or cold drinks if it's hot!  Bring something to BBQ, something to share and something to drink if you have a particular preference. The game kickoff is a little after 3:00 pm so let's get together around 2:45 pm to kick off the fun!

NOTE: THIS PARTY IS IN WESTLAKE (not Woodland Hills or Woodranch...seems I am compelled to live in a "W" town.)  If you would like my address & directions, please email me at cfarrens@gmail.com or call  805-890-1234.

WEEKEND RIDES

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.

Saturday, January 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 9:30 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: 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, January 4: 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

Please bring a two-way FRS Radio.

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).

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, January 4: 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.

Saturday, January 10: Malibu Creek - Bulldog - Tapia.   This is loop ride with beautiful vistas of both the mountains and the ocean. The climb up Bulldog is rather difficult due to its steepness and length, approximately 3.7 miles to the top. From here we will take Castro Motorway down to the Corral Canyon parking lot. Continuing on, we’ll take Mesa Peak, which has several good climbs and descents. There is a great downhill to be enjoyed once we reach the Tapia fireroad. This fireroad ends at Malibu Cyn Rd just south of Tapia County Park. Then we’ll take the Tapia Spur Connector trail back to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T3, 16 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Huck

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Las Virgenes Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. The park entrance is on the West Side of the road just south of Mulholland. There is a fee for parking inside the park. Otherwise you can park in the dirt area on the corner of Las Virgenes and Mulholland. Start in the last parking lot by the restrooms inside the park.

Sunday, January 11: 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 9:30 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: Tom

After the ride we will meet up for lunch.

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.

Saturday, January 17: Santa Barbara - Romero Canyon.   We start with a moderate climb up a fireroad that affords some spectacular views of the Santa Barbara area and the ocean beyond. A couple miles up, the fireroad narrows to a very fun singletrack. The climb up the singletrack is mostly moderate but does have some technical sections along the way. 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 to the cars. Come prepared to have lots ‘n lots of fun. Meet at 10:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3, 13 Miles and 2400 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

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, January 18: Lower Merrill to Inspiration Point and Sunset.   This is a long ride with lots of singletrack thrills, technical challenges and good ‘ol So Cal history. We will park at JPL parking lot, ride pavement eastbound for a few miles, then up the Lower Sam Merrill where we will discover the ruins of what was once a very sheik resort and listen to Echo Mountain mock us. We will then ride the remains of the old Mt. Lowe Railroad Trail, up to the Inspiration Point where, if it’s a clear day, will offer some of the best views of the greater LA area you’ll find anywhere. Now the fun begins as we go down the Middle Sam Merrill, then down Sunset Trail, both white-knuckle adventures. For those not interested in the technical white-knuckle adventures, you can descend back down Mt. Lowe fireroad and meet up at Millard Campgrounds. Then the fun continues as we ride up Millard Canyon fireroad over to El Prieto singletrack which we take down and through the Arroyo, and back to the JPL parking lot. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T5, 21 Miles and 4100 Feet of Climbing , About 5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Directions:   From Thousand Oaks: 101E; 134E; 2N; to 210E or 23N; or take 118E to 210E. Take 210 East and exit at Windsor/Arroyo Blvd., turn left at the off ramp onto Windsor and continue for about a mile. Park in the paved parking area on the left near the entrance to JPL, just before the street curves to the right becoming Ventura Street.

Saturday, January 24: Epic Palm Canyon.   One of the most spectacular rides in Southern California, it starts high above the city of Palm Springs, with approximately 30 miles of mostly single track and a few miles of sandy fire road. The first few miles hugs the canyon wall and can be technical, with protruding rocks and cacti. A misjudgement here can hurt. Next comes the desert single track with numerous washes, some of which we'll walk through, giving us the time to soak in the gorgeous desert flora showing off their spectacular color schemes. The ride has 6500' of descent and 2400' of ascent. Don't be fooled into thinking that the huge descent will make it easy - IT ISN'T! This very long and demanding ride is suitable only for riders with strong skills and good fitness. Because this is a desert environment, and a very long ride, bring much more water and food than you expect to need. Slime in the tires is required, but bring spare tube(s) and patch kits as well. It gets dark early at this time of year so it wouldn't hurt to have lights, too. This is a shuttle ride. In order to plan, we must know in advance who's going to be riding with us. Sorry, but we may not be able to accomodate people who want to come at the last minute.

Note: Due to the nature of this ride, this event is open only to members who are currently active riders with the group and have demonstrated to the ride leader their ability to handle this type of ride. The ride leader reserves the right to deny participation to anyone who, in the opinion of the ride leader, is not capable of riding the terrain. But please feel free to join us on any of our other local rides.

 Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T5, 30 Miles and 2400 Feet of Climbing , About 6 Hours
, Ride Leader: Norman

You must RSVP with the ride leader for this event to organize the shuttle and carpooling.

Directions:   Get onto the I-10 heading east. Take the Gene Autry Trail exit (right after the Indian Ave exit) and drive south through Palm Springs to E Palm Canyon Drive. Meet in the Rimrock Shopping Center near the Von's where we'll form our shuttle groups for the drive to the trailhead. Distance from Thousand Oaks is 153 miles and is expected to take 2.5 hours to drive.

Saturday, January 24: 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 9:30 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, January 24: Test Your Metal and Your Mettle.   This near death experience was everybody's favorite last year. Would you like a ride to test your suspension? Want to be bounced until you drop? This is your ride. We start up Cheeseboro (smooth enough), cross over to China Flats (still smooth), descend down Dead Cow Road (should jar your brains out), cross over on Rock Ridge Trail (the final leg is worse than Dead Cow) and then cross back to Palo Comado. Then we bike up to the connector trail and then a fun descent down Cheeseboro to our cars. Whew! Are you a man or a mouse? Come test your mettle and your bike's metal on this ride. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, 15 Miles and 2400 Feet of Climbing , About 4 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.

Sunday, January 25: Wood Ranch / China Flats.   We start with a gradual climb up the Sunset Hills singletrack to the Lang Loop Fire Road where we turn left. We proceed up a short (0.1 mile) walk-a-bike that turns into a gradual climb and turn right up another fire road. From the top, we descend the fun Ridgeline Singletrack, connect back with a fire road and continue to the bottom. Then it's up Albertson Fire Road to Cheeseboro, a quick loop around China Flats, then back down. We continue towards Lang Ranch but cut off up a moderately steep fire road, down and up a little, to the top of a singletrack. It drops us down to the parking lot. There’s a 30 min extension along a cool singletrack, along the ridge that parallels Long Canyon, for anyone that wishes to do a little more. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Charlotte

We have not been on these trails in a LOOONG time and the cool winter is the perfect time to enjoy this area.

Directions:   Take the 101 or 118 Freeway to the 23 Freeway and exit at Olsen Rd. At the end of the off-ramp proceed east. If you pass a golf course you went the wrong way. Proceed to Wood Ranch Parkway and turn right (South). Park in the paved parking area where this street dead-ends.

Saturday, January 31: 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: Norman

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, February 1: Las Llajas to 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 and onto Rocky Peak Fireroad. When we get to the top of Chumash Trail, we'll take a break to catch our breath and let everyone catch up, then ride to the bottom down a mostly firm but often rocky singletrack. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T4, 9 Miles and 1800 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

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, January 10: Introduction to Geocaching: Hike Conejo Mountain.   Have you ever wondered how those short side trails are made? Probably they end at geocaches! This hike is for anyone who is curious about the sport of geocaching and would like to try it out. We'll take the route described below, stopping every so often to search for hidden caches. We'll hike at a moderate pace, but the duration of the hike will be long for the distance because of the caching stops.

If you sign up at www.geocaching.com beforehand (it's free) you can log the caches we find. If you have a GPS that you plan to bring along, email me at trailsmaster@gmail.com and I'll send you the cache coordinates for you to load, but a GPS isn't required for this hike. And if you would like to trade some small items with those in the cache, bring them along. They shouldn't be any larger than about the size of a deck of cards, and not worth more than about a dollar.

This loop hike will take us along the flank of Conejo Mountain where we'll see some remarkably isolated sections of Newbury Park and stark volcanic formations. We start with a stroll along the Borchard Path then turn north on the Jump Trail. The most difficult section will be the steep Index Finger Trail that takes us to Conejo Mtn Road with its volcanic rocks and stark isolation. We'll follow that back down to Dos Vientos, returning to the start on the street.

All of these trails are open to bikes, but the steepness of the Index Finger Trail makes it impractical to ride except for hard-core downhillers and jumpers. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. 5 Miles and 1200 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours , Hike Leader: Steve

Bring some snacks or a light lunch to eat on the route.

Directions:   The Dos Vientos Community park is on the south-west corner of the intersection of Borchard Rd and Via Ricardo in Dos Vientos. From east of Thousand Oaks, exit the 101 freeway at Borchard Rd and take it for about 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Via Ricardo and then left into the park.
From west of Thousand Oaks, turn south onto Wendy Dr from the 101 freeway. After about a mile, turn right onto Borchard Rd and continue as described above. Meet at the north-east corner of the parking lot.