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

February 2010

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

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

The Technical Rating (how smooth/rocky):

T1

Mostly smooth & wide

T2

Mostly smooth but variable width

T3

Predominately uneven surfaces & somewhat rocky

T4

Long segments with rocky and uneven surfaces

T5

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


Summary

Wednesday

February 3

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Cheeseboro at Night

Saturday

February 6

9:30 AM (E2.5 - T3)

RandyWildwood/Lynnmere

Sunday

February 7

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T2)

TamaraBackbone West from Encinal Rd

Sunday

February 7

9:30 AM (E2 - T2)

KerrySycamore from the Beach, Wood Cyn, Sin Nombre

Wednesday

February 10

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

Steve: Weekday Morning Ride

Wednesday

February 10

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

JayMTB Space Mountain at Night

Saturday

February 13

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

WendyCaballero/Roger's Rd/Rustic Cyn/Sullivan Fire Road

Sunday

February 14

9:30 AM (E4 - T3.5)

RandySpace Mountain/Potrero Loop

Wednesday

February 17

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

Steve: Weekday Morning Ride

Wednesday

February 17

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T4)

TamaraMTB Triunfo Canyon Trail at Night

Saturday

February 20

9:00 AM (E4 - T3)

TamaraNew Millennium Loop

Sunday

February 21

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

TomGrasslands - Short Bulldog Loop

Wednesday

February 24

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

JayMTB Reseda at Night

Saturday

February 27

9:30 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyTriunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA

Sunday

February 28

9:30 AM (E3 - T1)

MichaelOjai - Sulphur Mountain


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Michael - 805 886-2605   mkwan@silcom.com

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@yahoo.com

 

Tom - 805 276-4042   tom.ealy@yahoo.com

Steve - 805 402-3128

 

Kerry - Kerryrichardson01@yahoo.com

Wendy - 818 522-0840   cyberdivachick@yahoo.com

 

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.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, February 6: Wildwood/Lynnmere.   Wildwood is a great place for an easier ride. There's a lot of neat riding (single track, fire road, creek crossings, and a small waterfall). We'll head out towards Lizard Rock via the fire road. At the base of Lizard Rock, there's a short hill that we'll be walking. From here we'll take the singletrack, that has a few technical sections (all walkable), down to the valley floor and head on to the falls for a short break. Then there's a climb up the Lynn Muir trail that we’ll be walking. Then lots of fun to be had on the singletrack that leads out to Lynn Road. After a couple miles of road riding we'll end up back at the main Wildwood parking lot. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T3, 7 Miles and 1000 Feet of Climbing , About 2 Hours
, Ride Leader: Randy

Directions:   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.

Sunday, February 7: Backbone West from Encinal Rd .   This ride has lots of swooping, curving singletrack and some great views! We start with a gentle climb up the new Encinal singletrack segment to the Decker/Mulholland singletrack segment of the Backbone Trail, cross the road and continue up to Etz Meloy Motorway. We'll head west on the Etz Meloy segment of the Backbone Trail enjoying the spectacular views in all directions, including into Hidden Valley and Lake Sherwood. After 2 miles on the fireroad, we'll cross paved Yerba Buena Rd to get onto the singletrack Backbone Trail and ride it 4.5 miles to the base of the the Mishe Mokwa Trail. We'll turn around here and retrace our path. An easier option on the way back is to take Yerba Buena/Little Sycamore Canyon Rd back instead of the Etz Meloy Motorway. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T2, 19 Miles and 2500 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Directions:   From Thousand Oaks and points west, exit the 101 Freeway at Westlake Blvd and head south. About 3.5 miles past Potrero, turn left onto Mulholland and go 2.5 miles. Make a very sharp right turn onto Encinal Canyon Rd (west, back towards Decker), drive for 2.3 miles until you see the LA County Fire Camp sign on the left. Turn up the dirt road on the right that takes you to the trailhead parking.
From Agoura and points east, exit the 101 at Kanan and head south. After 6 miles, turn right onto Mulholland for 1 mile, then bear left onto Encinal Canyon Rd. After 2.3 miles more, you will see the LA County Fire Camp sign on the left. Turn up the dirt road on the right that takes you to the trailhead parking.

Sunday, February 7: Sycamore from the Beach, Wood Cyn, Sin Nombre.   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. Instead of going back to the main fireroad - depending on the speed we all ride, we can climb up Two Foxes, connect back to the main fireroad, and ride up the paved Ranch Center drive. Then we'll go up to Art's Trail and blast down Sin Nombre (depending if anyone has more endurance - this will add approximately 5 more miles to the original distance and 600 ft of climbing) Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2, Technical Rating = T2, 14 Miles and 1200 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 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 $12 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, February 10: 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, February 13: Caballero/Roger's Rd/Rustic Cyn/Sullivan Fire 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’. We will take Josepho drop (J-drop), a rocky/rutted singletrack, into Rustic Canyon. We'll climb back out of Rustic Canyon and head up the paved segment of Sullivan fireroad .  We will then enjoy a short climb on the Rustic Ridge singletrack leading us back again to the Sullivan fireroad. From here we climb up Sullivan Canyon Fireroad back to Mulholland. Then back to Caballero and the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 20 Miles and 3500 Feet of Climbing , About 4 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.

Sunday, February 14: Space Mountain/Potrero Loop.   This is a great loop ride with lots of singletrack and switchbacks for your biking enjoyment. We start with a moderate climb up the Space Mountain singletrack. At the top we’ll continue across the Los Robles Singletrack all the way to Potrero Road. After a break we’ll make our way back along the same trail for a ways but cutoff onto Lynn Road for a short distance. For a shorter ride there is an option at this point to take another route back to the cars and bypass the last climb. For those that continue on it’s a moderate climb up the Rosewood singletrack that leads back up to the top. We’ll continue back along the Los Robles Trail down Space Mountain and through the Whoop De Doo Trail that leads back to the cars. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T3.5, 15 Miles and 3000 Feet of Climbing , About 3 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.

Wednesday, February 17: 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, February 20: New Millennium Loop.   

For a warm up we’ll ride the Grasslands trail and head out to DeAnza Park. From there we’ll bike a couple of blocks on the road to the Bark Park. Then we’ll climb the singletrack behind the Bark Park to the New Millennium Trail and head north at the “T”. From here there’s some really sweet singletrack riding for miles with plenty of ascents and decents, and switchbacks galore, including the "Too-Tight" Switchbacks and the Pyramid Switchbacks. We’ll stay on the Millennium Singletrack which weaves through the Calabasas Hills and affords some spectacular views for quite a few miles. Eventually we’ll hook up with the Las Virgenes View Trail which will take us back to the cars.

 Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T3, 20 Miles and 3500 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tamara

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Las Virgenes Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south on Las Virgenes toward the ocean. Park in one of the dirt areas on the corner of Las Virgenes and Mulholland.

Sunday, February 21: 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

My email has changed to Tom.ealy@yahoo.com.or you can call (805)659-5622for any information. Thank you

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 27: 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 28: Ojai - Sulphur Mountain.   This is the perfect Spring ride - a beautiful out and back along a country fireroad amongst grazing cattle. The first half of the ride is a moderate, non-technical nine-mile climb up a fireroad. Along the way there are spectacular mountain vistas to spy to the North, Lake Casitas to the West, and the Pacific Ocean to the South. At the top we’ll take a break. Then it’s 9 glorious miles of DOWNHILL back to the cars. Wow, what a great finale!!! Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T1, 18 Miles and 2300 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Michael

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the 33, just a bit west of Ventura. Continue north on the 33 for approximately 7 miles and make a right onto Sulphur Mountain Road. If you reach the town of Oak View you’ve gone too far. Park at the end of Sulphur Mountain Road.

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 Chumash at Night.   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.

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.