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August 2009

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

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

The Technical Rating (how smooth/rocky):

T1

Mostly smooth & wide

T2

Mostly smooth but variable width

T3

Predominately uneven surfaces & somewhat rocky

T4

Long segments with rocky and uneven surfaces

T5

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


Summary

Saturday

August 1

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyTriunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA

Sunday

August 2

9:00 AM (E2.5/3 - T2/T3)

Jim HerbeinSycamore from Beach & Wood Canyon & BBQ

Sunday

August 2

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteSycamore Canyon from the Beach and BBQ

Sunday

August 2

12:30 PM (FUN! - FUN!)

Summer Beach BBQ!!!

Tuesday

August 4

6:15 PM

Leah: Night Hike Las Virgenes Canyon

Wednesday

August 5

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

Steve: Weekday Morning Ride

Wednesday

August 5

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Wildwood at Night

Saturday

August 8

8:30 AM (E4 - T4)

BobBackbone: Kanan to Corral Canyon

Sunday

August 9

8:30 AM (E4.5 - T5)

TamaraCharlton/Chilao Flats

Sunday

August 9

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

KerrySycamore Canyon from the Beach - Overlook/Guadalasca/Main Fireroad

Wednesday

August 12

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

Steve: Weekday Morning Ride

Wednesday

August 12

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

JayMTB Reseda at Night

Saturday

August 15

8:30 AM (E4 - T3.5)

JaySycamore: Backbone/Guadalasca/Overlook/Backbone

Sunday

August 16

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

TomGrasslands - Short Bulldog Loop

Tuesday

August 18

6:15 PM

CharlotteHike Upper Sycmamore Cyn Creek

Wednesday

August 19

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

Steve: Weekday Morning Ride

Wednesday

August 19

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

NormanMTB Space Mountain at Night

Saturday

August 22

8:00 AM (E4.5 - T3)

NormanMalibu Creek - Bulldog - Tapia

Sunday

August 23

11:00 AM (E1 - T1)

RandyBike and Blade on the World Famous LA Beach Path

Tuesday

August 25

6:15 PM

Susan: Eve Hike Malibu Creek

Wednesday

August 26

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

Steve: Weekday Morning Ride

Wednesday

August 26

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T4)

TamaraMTB Triunfo Canyon Trail at Night

Saturday

August 29

8:30 AM (E5 - T4)

TamaraMt. Pinos with Bonus Shuttle

Sunday

August 30

9:00 AM (E4 - T4.5)

RandyCheeseboro/Simi Peak/Dead Cow Rd & Lunch

Wednesday

September 2

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

Steve: Weekday Morning Ride


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Leah - 818 917-9121

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@yahoo.com

 

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

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

 

Tom - 805 276-4042   photote@msn.com

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   cfarrens@gmail.com

 

Kerry - Kerryrichardson01@yahoo.com

Steve - 805 402-3128

 

Jim Herbein - jimmher@msn.com

Susan - 805 630-1736

 

Jay - 818 383-8426   jays55@earthlink.net


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, August 2: Summer Beach BBQ!!!.   It's time for our Big Summer Beach BBQ!!  After the rides we will hangout at the beach, play some frisbee and badminton, swim in the surg along with a big BBQ.  Bring something to grill, something to share and something to drink.  You may also want to bring along a towel, a change of clothes if you are riding, beach chair, etc.  Charlotte will be arriving early to reserve some tables.  If you are not riding in the morning, look for a red convertable and tables near it that have NRMB notes posted on them.  The BBQ should be underway around 12:30 p.m.

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. For the ride 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, turn left after you pass the gaurd).

DAY RIDES

Saturday, August 1: 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 9:00 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, August 2: Sycamore from Beach & Wood Canyon & BBQ.   We’ll 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 on up to the water tower. The best part of this ride is blasting down Wood Canyon.  From there we have the option of extending the ride dependent on the group. After the ride we will meet with the other riders on the Beach side of Hwy 1 for a great BBQ and to hangout and enjoy. Be sure to bring something to grill, something to share and something to drink with you to the ride in a cooler. Also, you may want to bring along a towel, change of clothes, beach chair, etc.  Most will park on the beach side in the morning even though we are meeting on the park side for the ride. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5/3, Technical Rating = T2/T3, 14 Miles and 1000 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Jim Herbein

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. For the ride 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, turn left after you pass the gaurd).

Sunday, August 2: Sycamore Canyon from the Beach and BBQ.   We will again break into 2 groups with a faster group and an intermediate group heading up Overlook.  We will climb up the Overlook Fireroad, enjoying the fabulous surrounding ocean views. After crossing over to Backbone we will make our descent to the canyon floor via Backbone or Guadelasca, and eventually back to the ocean side of Sycamore. The faster group may head up Wood Canyon and down Sage or wherever the ride may take them! After the rides we will meet up with all of the riders, hangout at the beach and have a big BBQ. Be sure to bring something to grill, something to share and something to drink with you to the ride in a cooler. Also, you may want to bring along a towel, a change of clothes, beach chair, etc.  Most will park on the beach side in the morning even though we are meeting on the park side for the ride. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 15 Miles, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Charlotte

Charlotte will arrive early to reserve some tables. If you just want to show up for the BBQ, look for a red convertible and tables near it that have NRMB notes posted on them. The BBQ should start around 12:30 or so.

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. For the ride 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, turn left after you pass the gaurd).

Wednesday, August 5: Weekday Morning Ride.   Are you free during the week for a ride? Come join us for our new weekday morning rides, to be held once a week. The location of the the ride will be determined 1 to 2 days in advance. If the weather is expected to be cool, we'll ride at one of our regular inland spots. If it looks like it's going to be a scorcher, we'll find somewhere cooler! The location will be announced on the eGroup (http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/North_Ranch_Mtn_Bikers/) the evening before the ride at the latest. The expected difficulty will be about E3-T3, but the ride route will be determined at the trailhead and may be a little easier or more difficult than this. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

Saturday, August 8: Backbone: Kanan to Corral Canyon.   This is an out and back ride that is 100% singletrack and 200% fun. We will ride the Backbone singletrack approximately 7 miles to the parking area at the top of Corral Canyon. This trail has a lot of ups and downs and is quite technical in some sections. We’ll stop at the parking area for a while and take in the view. The ride back to the car will proceed along the same trail. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 14 Miles and 2600 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

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, August 9: Charlton/Chilao Flats.   Please RSVP if you plan to ride. This ride is in the Arroyo Seco backcountry area of the San Gabriel Mountains. Winding through pine trees this ride has beautiful views of the mountains and some of the best singletrack around SoCal. The ride begins in the Charlton Flats campground/picnic area off the Angeles Crest Hwy and winds through a section of challenging singletrack. We'll make a quick stop off at the Vetter Mountain Lookout and take in a 360 degree view of the mountains. Then continue our journey on more fun singletrack and head over to the Chilao Station. After the Chilao Station we'll pedal up a gradual climb on a fireroad leading to Mt. Hillyer and Horse Flats campground (elevation gain approximately 1000 ft). At the top of the loop, the trail descends on a section of technical singletrack that should keep the more aggressive downhillers grinning all the way back down. Then back to the cars by the singletrack we came in on. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.5, Technical Rating = T5, 20 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Please rvsp to Tamara if you plan on doing this ride.

Directions:   Exit the 210 Freeway onto the Angeles Crest Highway 2 going north and proceed up Angeles Crest Hwy 2 for approximately 20 winding miles to the Charlton Flats Picnic Area. On the left, next to the turn for the Charlton Flats Picnic Area, is an old boarded up building. We'll park and meet in front of the building just off Hwy 2. Additional parking is about a 100 yards into the picnic area on the right. An Adventure Pass is required to park in the Angeles Crest Forest.

Sunday, August 9: Sycamore Canyon from the Beach - Overlook/Guadalasca/Main Fireroad.   Starting at the beach side, we will start climbing at the Overlook Trail. When riding at this trail, there are gorgeous views of the mountains and Pacific Ocean. After the climb of the Overlook Trail, our first fun descent is at the Guadalasca Trail with some thrilling switchbacks. Then it's down to Wood Canyon that will takes us back to the main fireroad, which takes us back to the beach area. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 15 Miles and 1000 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Kerry

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. For the ride 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, turn left after you pass the gaurd).

Wednesday, August 12: Weekday Morning Ride.   Are you free during the week for a ride? Come join us for our new weekday morning rides, to be held once a week. The location of the the ride will be determined 1 to 2 days in advance. If the weather is expected to be cool, we'll ride at one of our regular inland spots. If it looks like it's going to be a scorcher, we'll find somewhere cooler! The location will be announced on the eGroup (http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/North_Ranch_Mtn_Bikers/) the evening before the ride at the latest. The expected difficulty will be about E3-T3, but the ride route will be determined at the trailhead and may be a little easier or more difficult than this. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

Saturday, August 15: Sycamore: Backbone/Guadalasca/Overlook/Backbone .   This is an extended loop at one of NRMB’s favorite ride locations!  It begins familiar enough, accessing Sycamore Canyon via the connector trail then down the asphalt hill and over to the Sin Nombre and Two Foxes singletracks all the way to the base of the Backbone singletrack.  We’ll climb Backbone and the Overlook fireroad over to Guadalasca, a very fun singletrack that takes us down into Wood Canyon.  This is where the “extended” portion of the ride begins.  We’ll ride down Wood Canyon and Sycamore Canyon toward the beach to the base of the Overlook fireroad.  Then, it’s a 4.5 mile moderate climb up Overlook to the top of Backbone, where we’ll enjoy a fabulous descent back to the canyon floor!  From the bottom of Backbone, we’ll rejoin the Sycamore Canyon fireroad and retrace our route back to the cars. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T3.5, 27 Miles and 3500 Feet of Climbing , About 4.25 Hours
, Ride Leader: Jay

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.

Sunday, August 16: 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.

Wednesday, August 19: Weekday Morning Ride.   Are you free during the week for a ride? Come join us for our new weekday morning rides, to be held once a week. The location of the the ride will be determined 1 to 2 days in advance. If the weather is expected to be cool, we'll ride at one of our regular inland spots. If it looks like it's going to be a scorcher, we'll find somewhere cooler! The location will be announced on the eGroup (http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/North_Ranch_Mtn_Bikers/) the evening before the ride at the latest. The expected difficulty will be about E3-T3, but the ride route will be determined at the trailhead and may be a little easier or more difficult than this. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

Saturday, August 22: 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 3.4 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 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.5, Technical Rating = T3, 16 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Leader: Norman

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, August 23: Bike and Blade on the World Famous LA Beach Path.   This is the ultimate California experience. We meet at the Merry-Go-Round at Santa Monica Pier and cruise down to Hermosa Beach to see all the beach sights. We’ll dine in splendor on the beach in Hermosa Beach and then head back. It takes all day but it is a great way to see the sights along the beach. You can ride your mountain bike, road bike, beach cruiser or even rollerblade this ride. Meet at 11:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E1, Technical Rating = T1, 30 Miles, About 5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   From the Ventura County area: Take Pacific Coast Hwy 1 South towards Santa Monica until you get to the pier. From San Fernando Valley: Take the 405 Fwy South. Exit on Santa Monica Blvd. and make a right turn from the ramp. Turn left on Ocean Avenue. On the right side, you'll see the Santa Monica Pier as you arrive in Santa Monica. There is parking with a flat rate of approximately $8.

Wednesday, August 26: Weekday Morning Ride.   Are you free during the week for a ride? Come join us for our new weekday morning rides, to be held once a week. The location of the the ride will be determined 1 to 2 days in advance. If the weather is expected to be cool, we'll ride at one of our regular inland spots. If it looks like it's going to be a scorcher, we'll find somewhere cooler! The location will be announced on the eGroup (http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/North_Ranch_Mtn_Bikers/) the evening before the ride at the latest. The expected difficulty will be about E3-T3, but the ride route will be determined at the trailhead and may be a little easier or more difficult than this. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

Saturday, August 29: Mt. Pinos with Bonus Shuttle.   Mt. Pinos is the tallest peak in Ventura County at over 8000 feet. Although it’s a strenuous ride up the mountain it’s mucho fun (especially on the downhill return). We will ride the very scenic McGill Trail to the top of Mt. Pinos. It’s a tough climb so we’ll make a few stops on the way up. We’ll bike to the peak and take in the awesome 360* view. The trip back is a blast and descends along the same trail. Once back to the cars, we’ll shuttle everyone back to the upper parking lot for a bonus downhill on the now-familiar trail!  Please RSVP if you plan to ride!  Also, let me know if you have a vehicle that can carry 4 bikes and are willing to help shuttle to the top (we will bring you back to get your vehicle.) Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T4, 25 Miles and 3400 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Directions:   Drive up Interstate 5 about 25 miles North of Magic Mountain. Exit at the Fraizer Park exit. Turn left and go under the freeway. Stay on Frazier Park Road; avoid the left turn at the intersection of Lockwood Valley Road about 7 miles from I-5, continuing on to the right, as Frazier Park Road becomes Cuddy Valley Road. At about 11.5 miles from I-5, stay left on Cuddy Valley Road, which becomes Mount Pinos Road, as the road curves left at an intersection with a road leading towards the Pine Mountain Club. Shortly after the left curve you will see a big dirt lot on the right. The ride starts there. Allow at least 90 minutes for the drive from the Conejo Valley area.

Sunday, August 30: Cheeseboro/Simi Peak/Dead Cow Rd & Lunch.   This is the only ride where we eat lunch on the ride and then try to finish after you are stuffed and tired. We start at Cheesebro, head up to Palo Comado Road and then up to China Flats. Then comes the hardest climb around. But even if you have to push every inch it is worth the climb. You can see for miles in every direction. Then we descend down and continue further down on Dead Cow Road (Don’t you just love these names?) We have lunch at El Pollo Loco and then head over to the old Jordan Ranch, climb back to the connector trail and descend back down Cheesebro. Bring money for lunch. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

We will probably skip Simi Peak since it is summer.

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.

Wednesday, September 2: Weekday Morning Ride.   Are you free during the week for a ride? Come join us for our new weekday morning rides, to be held once a week. The location of the the ride will be determined 1 to 2 days in advance. If the weather is expected to be cool, we'll ride at one of our regular inland spots. If it looks like it's going to be a scorcher, we'll find somewhere cooler! The location will be announced on the eGroup (http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/North_Ranch_Mtn_Bikers/) the evening before the ride at the latest. The expected difficulty will be about E3-T3, but the ride route will be determined at the trailhead and may be a little easier or more difficult than this. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Steve

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

Tuesday, August 4: Night Hike Las Virgenes Canyon.   We will start hiking up Las Virgenes Canyon, and depending on the route chosen will hike on up the fireroad, or alternate trail. This will be a moderate hike, approx. 5 miles, on some fire road and single track. Elev. gain will be 300 to 600, depending on the route. Bring the usual, flashlights, water, food, radios, wear hiking boots, etc. Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2 Hours , Hike Leader: Leah

Directions:   From the 101, exit Las Virgenes and turn North (away from the ocean). Proceed approximately one mile to the dead end.

Tuesday, August 18: Hike Upper Sycmamore Cyn Creek.   This hike will begin as though we are hiking to the Cabin Site, however at the stream we take a right turn, and hike down the trail next to the stream that takes us down to Sycamore Canyon, to the base of the black top hill. This hike is approx. 4 miles, and travels through some very nice areas on the stream. Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 1.75 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

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.

Tuesday, August 25: Eve Hike Malibu Creek.   This will be a moderate hike, approx. 5 miles, on some fire road and single track. Bring the usual, flashlights, water, food, radios, wear hiking boots, etc. Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2 Hours , Hike Leader: Susan

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway South to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south until it ends at Las Virgenes. Turn right on Las Virgenes. Proceed to Mulholland. Park in the dirt area on the corner of Las Virgenes and Mulholland. (From 101 North, exit Las Virgenes, turn south and proceed to Mullhulland.)