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

March 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

Sunday

March 1

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

GrahamAhmanson/Cheeseboro

Wednesday

March 4

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Grasslands at Night

Saturday

March 7

8:30 AM (More - Trails!)

CORBA Trail Work Day

Saturday

March 7

1:30 PM

Steve: Charmlee Natural Area in Malibu

Sunday

March 8

9:00 AM (E2.5 - T3)

KerryGrasslands to Dam

Sunday

March 8

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

TomGrasslands - Short Bulldog Loop

Wednesday

March 11

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T4)

TamaraMTB Triunfo Canyon Trail at Night

Saturday

March 14

9:30 AM (E4 - T4.5)

RandyTest Your Metal and Your Mettle

Sunday

March 15

9:00 AM

Steve: Introduction to Geocaching and Hiking the Boney Mtn Wilderness

Sunday

March 15

9:00 AM (E3 - T4)

WendyCheeseboro Overlook/ Gas Pipe/ Las Virgenes

Sunday

March 15

9:30 AM (E2 - T2)

MichaelSycamore from the Beach & Wood Canyon

Wednesday

March 18

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

NormanMTB Sycamore Canyon at Night

Saturday

March 21

9:00 AM (E5 - T4)

HuckUpper Zuma Ridge Loop

Sunday

March 22

9:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

BobSycamore: Sin Nombre-2 Foxes-Guadalasca-Backbone

Sunday

March 22

9:30 AM

CharlotteHike La Jolla Canyon

Wednesday

March 25

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Cheeseboro at Night

Saturday

March 28

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

WendyCaballero/Roger's Road

Saturday

March 28

9:00 AM (E5 - T5)

TamaraSanta Barbara - Little Pine (Advanced)

Sunday

March 29

9:30 AM (E3 - T3)

RandySpace Mountain to the Picnic Table

Sunday

March 29

12:30 PM (Fun! - Fun!)

Kite Fly-In

Saturday

April 25

8:30 AM (Trails! - BBQ!)

Sycamore Canyon Trail Days, BBQ & Camping


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Wendy - 818 522-0840   cyberdivachick@yahoo.com

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@yahoo.com

 

Huck - 818 321-8868   hshapiro@bluestrike.com

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


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, March 7: 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.

Today we'll be working in the Charmlee Natural Area in Malibu, on a bluff overlooking the coast. Bring your bike and we'll have the first North Ranch ride at Charmlee afterwards!

Directions: From the 101, turn south on Westlake Blvd and continue 7.5 miles on CA-23. Turn left onto Lechusa Rd and continue straight onto Encinal Canyon Rd. After 1.2 miles turn right onto Carmichael Rd (watch for the sign to Charmlee). Continue 0.2 miles to parking.
From Malibu, turn north on Encical Canyon Road. Follow it up for 3.8 miles. Turn left at Carmichael Rd and continue to the end for parking.
The parking fee will be waived for trail workers.

Saturday, April 25: Sycamore Canyon Trail Days, BBQ & Camping.   

Once a year we have an opportunity to work on the trails and than BBQ and Camp at Danielson Ranch in Sycamore Canyon.  It is opened annually for the Santa Monica Trail Days!  This is a unique opportunity to work on the trails that we enjoy so much in Sycamore Canyon followed by a BBQ, prizes, and camping.  Last year a bunch of us worked on the trails, participated in the BBQ, etc. and than camped in the quiet heart of the canyon.  The drawing was fabulous, everyone won at least one prize and there was lots of cool stuff!   Enjoying a cold beer after the trail work under the sycamore and oak trees with the breeze blowing through the canyon while the BBQ is cooking… what a treat!  This is hands down the best day to get in your trail maintenance work!  Camping is optional, you may leave with the escort after the BBQ.  Following is the info from SMMTD 2008. 

TRAIL DAYS is a weekend for individuals and groups to build new trails and restore old ones. Partners with California State Parks include Concerned Off Road Bicyclist Assn. (CORBA), Santa Monica Mountains Task Force of Sierra Club, Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council, California Native Plant Society (CNPS), National Park Service, and others.

BRING:  LUNCHES, BEVERAGES, SNACKS AND WATER. Tools are provided, but you can, bring a pick, shovel, Pulaski, McLeod, pruning saw, or longhandled loppers. (But, please, no light-weight tools or chain saws.) 

CAMPING:
Free camping Friday and/or Saturday nights for trails day workers at the Danielson Multi-use Area located under the sycamores and oaks in the heart of Point Mugu State Park. Advance camping registration appreciated by April 20. 

ARRIVE: Sat.- 8:30 a.m.,  DEPART: Sat.- 4 p.m., after campfire or  Sun.- 9 a.m.,  or 3:30 p.m.

DINNER: Sat. Night Barbecue Free FOR VOLUNTEERS.  Please RSVP by April 20. Bring appetizers and beverages.

WEAR: Gloves, hat, long pants, protective clothing, and work boots or sturdy shoes. See training video for more information: http://www.smmtc.org/maintenance.htm.

REGISTRATION: Help plan for the barbecue, camping, etc, by filling out and sending in the registration form by April 20th!

DIRECTIONS: Ventura Freeway to Wendy in Newbury Park; S to Potrero Road, turn right; at Reino bear left to NPS service road (first driveway). Cars will be escorted into and out of the park at designated times.  On Saturday morning that is 8:30 a.m., DON"T BE LATE or you won't be able to drive in.

 Time: 8:30 am.

ADDTIONAL INFO: We will meet at the escort spot @ 8:30 a.m. and drive our cars to Danielson Ranch. DON'T BE LATE, there is only one escort in the morning. You will want to bring everything with you...your change of cloths, camping gear (if camping), ice chest, etc. with you at this time. From Danielson we will be dispatched to a trail for maintenance (remember to bring your lunch as your lunch break is on the trail). In late afternoon, we head back to Danielson Ranch for a cold drink, BBQ, drawing etc! (After the BBQ you may drive out with the escort if you don't plan on camping.) Otherwise we will enjoy a great time in the canyon with campfires, scary stories, and enjoy the quiet of the night in the heart of the canyon. Showers are available. If you are planning on coming, please email CHARLOTTE FARRENS at cfarrens@gmail.com so we can coordinate pre-BBQ snackes, camping, etc.

If you bring your bike, we can ride on Sunday after after the morning escort back to the trailhead.

WEEKEND RIDES

Sunday, March 1: Ahmanson/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.

Saturday, March 7: Charmlee Natural Area in Malibu.   Charmlee is a beautiful area on a bluff that overlooks the coast of Malibu. The trails are mostly broad singletrack and well-used. There is a mixture of meadow and oak forests.

After the trailwork here in the morning, we'll have a ride starting at 1:30, exploring most of the trails to get a good feel for the area.

If you help out with trailwork in the morning, bring your bike along for the ride. If not, join us for the ride anyway!

The rating is E2.5 - T2.5 with a total distance of about 8 miles. Time: 1:30 pm. Organizer: Steve

Directions:   From the 101, turn south on Westlake Blvd and continue 7.5 miles on CA-23. Turn left onto Lechusa Rd and continue straight onto Encinal Canyon Rd. After 1.2 miles turn right onto Carmichael Rd (watch for the sign to Charmlee). Continue 0.2 miles to parking.
From Malibu, turn north on Encical Canyon Road. Follow it up for 3.8 miles. Turn left at Carmichael Rd and continue to the end for parking.
There is a $4 fee for parking so carpool! This fee will be waived for trail workers who help out in the morning.

Sunday, March 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, March 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, March 14: 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, March 15: 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, March 15: 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. If you haven't ridden for a while, this is a good place to check yourself out.

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, March 21: 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

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, March 22: 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 9:30 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.

Saturday, March 28: 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: 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, March 28: 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: Tamara

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, March 29: Space Mountain to the Picnic Table.   Space Mountain to the picnic table, then return the same way, with a detour through the Whoop De Doo Trail on the way back to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 7 Miles and 1460 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 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.

Sunday, March 29: Kite Fly-In.   Get out your paper, sticks and glue or just go buy a kite. It is time for our 5th annual kite fly-in. After a short ride with Randy, we'll have lunch and then meet at Randy’s apartment and hike up fireworks hill where we’ll find out who in the club is the most skilled “flyer” (or should that read, “who has the most hot air”!!!). Then it’s back for some hot tubbing. A fun day in March. The Kite fly-in is right after the scheduled ride sometime around noon. Meet at 12:30 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = Fun!, Technical Rating = Fun!, About 2.5 Hours

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, March 15: Introduction to Geocaching and Hiking the Boney Mtn Wilderness.   

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.

This loop hike will take us along some nearby beautiful and isolated trails in the Boney Mountain State Wilderness Area of Point Mugu State Park. We’ll hike down the Upper Sycamore Canyon Trail, up the steep but firm Fossil Trail (there are fossils in the middle of the trail) and along the Old Boney Trail. Along the way we’ll pass 16 geocaches and we stand a good chance of finding all of them!

Level: Intermediate and with the stamina to climb 850 feet in 0.9 miles on the Fossil Trail.

Photos: Photos of the hiking area can be seen at VenturaCountyTrails.org. Photos of the last Introduction to Geocaching hike (on different trails) are here.

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed in State Parks.

Geocaching: We will pass 16 geocaches along the way. 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 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. 

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 Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. 8 Miles and 2000 Feet of Climbing , About 5.5 Hours , Hike Leader: Steve

Directions:   Ventura Freeway to Wendy in Newbury Park; head south to Lynn Road, turn right; proceed to Via Goleta and turn left into the driveway. Park in the last lot.

Sunday, March 22: Hike La Jolla Canyon.   This is always a beautiful spring hike, with great variations of flowers in bloom, panoramic views of the coastline and islands, a quiet little lake, water fall, and embedded fossilized sea creatures!  This is approximately a 7 mile loop with a 1200 foot elevation gain, with the first mile somewhat strenuous and the rest is moderate.  Bring water, snacks or food for lunch break, hiking boots, windbreaker for the peak/snack spot… you know the rest.   Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. 7 Miles and 1200 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

Late March is the best time for this hike with all the wildflowers in bloom!

Directions:   For those who are coming from Thousand Oaks/ Simi Valley: Take the 101N Fwy (101S for those who are coming from Santa Barbara/ Ventura/ Oxnard/ Camarillo area) and exit on S Las Posas Road (going towards PCH). Then go to PCH 1 head south/east. La Jolla Canyon is 4.2 miles from Las Posas, on the left.

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. La Jolla Canyon is 1.7 miles after (west of) Sycamore Canyon, on the right side.

If you don’t want to pay the fee for parking in the lot you can look for parking on PCH. We'll meet in the parking lot near the trailhead.