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

February 2009

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 cancelled or relocated to a drier trail. There may also be a notice on the web site (http://www.nrmbc.org), but don't rely on that.

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

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!

Wednesday

February 4

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Lang Ranch/Albertson at Night

Saturday

February 7

9:00 AM (E5 - T4)

HuckUpper Zuma Ridge Loop

Saturday

February 7

9:00 AM (E3 - T4)

WendyCheeseboro Overlook/ Gas Pipe/ Las Virgenes

Sunday

February 8

9:00 AM (E2.5 - T3)

KerryGrasslands to Dam

Sunday

February 8

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

TomGrasslands - Short Bulldog Loop

Wednesday

February 11

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Cheeseboro at Night

Saturday

February 14

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyTriunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA

Sunday

February 15

9:00 AM (E3 - T3.5)

CharlotteLimekiln, Brown's Cyn & Comanche

Wednesday

February 18

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

NormanMTB Sycamore Canyon at Night

Saturday

February 21

9:00 AM (E5 - T4)

HuckBackbone @ Encinal

Saturday

February 21

9:30 AM (E2 - T2)

MichaelSycamore from the Beach & Wood Canyon

Sunday

February 22

9:00 AM

Steve: Hike Talepop and Phantom Trails in Malibu Creek State Park

Sunday

February 22

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T4)

RandySanta Rosa/Wildwood Loop

Wednesday

February 25

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Grasslands/MCSP/Las Virgenes View

Saturday

February 28

9:00 AM (E4 - T5)

TamaraStrawberry Peak Loop from Switzers

Sunday

March 1

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

GrahamAhamanson/Cheeseboro


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

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

 


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/parking on Latigo 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!   This year's battle is between the Pittsburg Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals.  We will enjoy a performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the half time show!  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 at 3:28 p.m. so let's get together around 2:45 p.m. 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

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.

Saturday, February 7: Upper Zuma Ridge Loop.   This is a very long and challenging ride with lots and lots of climbing. We start at the parking lot on Kanan and ride west on the Backbone singletrack to the Zuma Ridge fireroad. Up we go to the top, then half way down, turning east onto the Edison road. We’ll cross over Kanan and climb the paved Dume-Canyon Motorway, cross Latigo Canyon Road and take Newton Motorway to the Saddle. From there it’s back to the cars on the Backbone singletrack. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T4, 18 Miles and 5000 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Huck

For the faster riders there will be the option of an out/back from Newton to Corral along Backbone trail.

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

Saturday, February 7: Cheeseboro Overlook/ Gas Pipe/ Las Virgenes.   We will begin with an easy to moderate climb up the Sulphur Springs trail to Shepherd’s Flat. From here we’ll take the Palo Comado connector trail over to the lookout spot. Then we’ll turn around and enjoy some fun downhill until we hit Shepherd's Flat again.

At this point, we will head out to Gas Pipe onto the Las Virgenes Fire road. Then hop on a fun single track that connects us to Pump Road. When we get to the top through the gate, we will take a left onto Cheeseboro Ridge to Canyon View Trail back to Cheeseboro Canyon.

This is rated a T4 due to the Gas Pipe technical section. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T4, 13 Miles and 1900 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

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, February 8: 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.

Sunday, February 8: 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, February 14: 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 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   Exit the 101 Freeway going south on Westlake Blvd. Go south for about a mile and then turn west (right) on Triunfo Canyon Road. This will lead you to Triunfo Park. Turn left onto Tamarack St and turn into the second parking lot on the left. We start at the far west end of the park.

Sunday, February 15: Limekiln, Brown's Cyn & Comanche.   We will ride up Limekiln Canyon from Rinaldi to where it exits at Sesnon.  Then we head West on Moonshine Canyon veering off to the north into the Oak groves where we descend into Browns Canyon.  The decent is using a nice single track that is referred to as the "Luge" since it kind of feels like a bobsled track.  From the bottom we will make multiple stream crossings ending up on Browns Canyon Road.  We will ride uphill (North) about a mile on pavement to Antonivich park.  Here we will ride down the combination of fireroads, rocky sections, single tracks and stream bed until we climb out by the 118 Fwy.  Finally we will take the Mission trail East back to our original starting location.  Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3.5, 13 Miles and 2300 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Charlotte

Directions:   Coming from the West (i.e. Chatsworth, Simi Valley, etc.):
Take the 118 East and exit Porter Ranch Drive. You will make a left when exiting the offramp and then a right onto Rinaldi St. Take Rinaldi past Corbin and you will see a park area on your left past the shopping area. You may have to head past the location to turn around and park on the North (Left) side of Rinaldi.

Coming from East (i.e. 405 North):
Take 118 West and exit Tampa. You will make a right when exiting the offramp and head to the left. You will make a left on Rinaldi and park on the right (North) past the townhomes.

Saturday, February 21: Backbone @ Encinal.   This is an out and back ride that is 100% singletrack and 200% fun. We will begin the ride with the newer section of the trail off of Zuma Ridge Motorway. It is approximately 10 miles along the Backbone singletrack to the parking area at the top of Coral 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 cars will proceed along the same trail. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T4, 18 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Huck

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 Mulholland Hwy. At Mulholland make a right (west) and proceed to Encinal Canyon Road. Stay on Encinal. Just after you pass the water treatment plant on the left you’ll see the fireroad (also on your left) where the trail begins. Pass the fireroad and round the corner. Park in the dirt area just off the road.

Saturday, February 21: 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

No rider left behind but please bring a two-way radio set on channel 5/25 so we can stay together.

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, February 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 = E3.5, 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, February 28: Strawberry Peak Loop from Switzers.   This fantastic ride starts with a steep 1/2 mile road climb out of Switzers. Then it's a 3 mile fireroad climb up Josephine Road. At the top of the fireroad we’ll ride around Strawberry Peak on a newly rebuilt singletrack that clings to the mountainside. The trail has some exposure, although not too technical, some may want to walk a section or two. After 2 miles of contouring, there is a fun, swooping descent before the trail climbs another 2 miles up a switchback singletrack. Then it’s time to hang on for the descent of your life; with lots of exposure, the singletrack curves in and out with views of the highway way, way below you. Eventually the trail heads away from the cliffs and you can let go of the brakes and enjoy some whoop-de-doo jumps down to the road. The last 5 miles follows the upper section of the Gabrielino Trail where exposure is no longer a factor. This section has lots of fun corners and rocky sections to enjoy before ending at Switzers Picnic Area.   Please RSVP if you plan to ride. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T5, 14 Miles and 3000 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

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

Sunday, March 1: Ahamanson/Cheeseboro .   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.  From there we will ride to Cheeseboro Canyon and on up to Sulphur Springs and Shepard Flats and than 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.  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 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Graham

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 $1 in the NPS lot (worked on the honor system, but they do check!) or free on the side roads close by.

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 Grasslands/MCSP/Las Virgenes View.   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

Sunday, February 22: Hike Talepop and Phantom Trails in Malibu Creek State Park.   These two well-travelled ridgeline singletrack trails provide great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. We'll start with a brief hike on the Grasslands Trail, climb Talepop and follow the ridgeline south, descending into Liberty Canyon. From there we hike north along the fireroad to get to the Phantom Trailhead, then climb it and follow it south to Mulholland Hwy. Not only are these trails very pretty, but some sections are very quiet where they are shielded from the sounds of traffic on nearby highways.

Dogs are not allowed on the trails of Malibu Creek State Park.

This will be a shuttle hike and return rides will be arranged at the beginning.

Overall we'll hike 6.0 miles and climb about 1600 feet.

=> 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

There are 14 geocaches along this route and geocachers are welcome to search them out, spending no more than 5 minutes searching for each cache.

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.