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

May 2011

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

April 30

8:00 AM (Trails! - BBQ!)

Sycamore Canyon Trail Days, BBQ & Camping 2011

Sunday

May 1

9:00 AM (E4.5 - T4)

JonathanSanta Rosa/Wildwood/Lower Butte

Tuesday

May 3

6:15 PM

Leah: Evening Hike Chumash Trail

Wednesday

May 4

5:45 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteMTB Grasslands at Night

Wednesday

May 4

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Grasslands at Night

Saturday

May 7

9:00 AM (E5 - T5)

TamaraSanta Barbara - Little Pine (Advanced)

Sunday

May 8

9:00 AM (E3 - T3)

RandySpace Mountain/Rosewood

Wednesday

May 11

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T2.5)

HuckCalabasas Peak at Night

Saturday

May 14

8:45 AM

CharlotteHike Zuma Bluff Trail to Upper Zuma Canyon

Saturday

May 14

9:00 AM (E4 - T4)

RandyTriunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA

Sunday

May 15

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3)

TomCheeseboro/China Flats Loop

Sunday

May 15

9:30 AM (E2 - T2.5)

KerryCheeseboro for Beginners

Tuesday

May 17

6:15 PM

CharlotteEve Hike Hidden Meadows to Secret Passage

Wednesday

May 18

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

JonathanMTB Las Virgenes Canyon at Night

Saturday

May 21

8:30 AM (E2.5 - T2)

DanusiaBackbone from Encinal Rd to Etz Meloy for beginners

Saturday

May 21

8:30 AM (E3.5 - T2)

CharlotteBackbone from Encinal Rd to Mishe Mokwa

Sunday

May 22

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3)

WendySanta Barbara - Romero Canyon

Sunday

May 22

9:30 AM (E2 - T2)

MichaelSycamore Canyon from the Beach - Two Foxes & Wood Canyon

Wednesday

May 25

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Sycamore Canyon at Night

Saturday

May 28

8:30 AM (E4.5 - T4)

JonathanBackbone - Kanan/Zuma/Corral Cyn - Adv/Int

Sunday

May 29

8:30 AM (E4 - T4.5)

NormanLang and North Ranch trails tour

Sunday

May 29

8:30 AM (E3.5 - T4.5)

CharlotteLang and North Ranch Tour - Moderate

Monday

May 30

9:30 AM (E2.5 - T3)

RandyWildwood/Lynnmere


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Norman - 805 807-3357   norman.mtb@gmail.com

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@yahoo.com

 

Michael - 805 886-2605   mkwan@silcom.com

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   cfarrens@gmail.com

 

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

Steve - 805 402-3128

 

Kerry - Kerryrichardson01@yahoo.com

Wendy - 818 522-0840   cyberdivachick@yahoo.com

 

Jonathan - 626 375-4531   noossabh@yahoo.com

Huck - 818 321-8868   hshapiro@bluestrike.com

 

Danusia - dbtaber@acsoft.com

Leah - 818 917-9121

 


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, April 30: Sycamore Canyon Trail Days, BBQ & Camping 2011.   Once a year we have an opportunity to work on the trails and then 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 on Friday and/or Saturday night. Last year a bunch of us worked on the trails, took 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 the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council that hosts the event.

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.

CAMPING: Free camping Friday and/or Saturday nights for volunteers at the Danielson Multi-use Area located under the sycamores and oaks in the heart of Point Mugu State Park. Advance registration (http://tinyurl.com/4lmqstq) appreciated by April 24th.

DINNER: Sat. Night Barbecue Free FOR VOLUNTEERS. Advance registration (http://tinyurl.com/4lmqstq) appreciated by April 24th. Bring appetizers and beverages.

WEAR: Gloves, hat, long pants, protective clothing, and work boots or sturdy shoes.

REGISTRATION: Advance registration (http://tinyurl.com/4lmqstq) appreciated by April 24th. 

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 only at designated times. On Saturday morning that is 8:00 a.m., DON'T BE LATE or you won't be able to drive in.

VEHICLE ACCESS: You will be able to caravan into and out of the park by vehicle only at a few designated times. See the online registration form (http://tinyurl.com/4lmqstq) for details of these times.


 Time: 8:00 am.

WEEKEND RIDES

Sunday, May 1: Santa Rosa/Wildwood/Lower Butte.   We start by climbing the hill behind CLU and traverse across the ridge toward the YMCA camp for a quick warm-up. After a short stop we’ll retrace our tracks and cut-off onto the Santa Rosa trail.  This is a very fun singletrack that is moderate to fairly technical.  We will regroup and take a short break at the top of the swithbacks above Wildwood Park.  Once down in Wildwood we’ll head up to Lizard Rock via the Stagecoach Bluff singletrack and down the E-ticket Lizard Rock singletrack to the valley floor and Paradise Falls.  Then there’s a fairly steep but relatively short climb up the beginning part of the Lynnmere trail.  After the climb, turn left for a lot of fun on the rest of the singletrack that leads out to Lynn Road.  We turn left on Lynn Rd. and an immediate left on Avenida de las Flores.  At the dead end we take the trail back into the canyon, past the Nature Center, up the fire road to Parking Lot 2, and continue to the park entrance.  Then we go east on the Moonridge trail and through the tunnel that connects to a path along a wash that drops us at Wildwood Ave.  We go left here for a short distance to the Lower Butte trailhead on the right.  This is the last tough climb of the day.  It's up and over the butte back to the Santa Rosa trail where we stay right for a relatively easy trip back to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.5, Technical Rating = T4, 17 Miles and 2500 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Jonathan

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). Or, from the 23 Freeway, exit at Avenida de los Arboles and go west. Turn right on Montclef (third stop sign), cross Olsen Rd. and park on the street.

Saturday, May 7: 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, May 8: Space Mountain/Rosewood.   This is a fun loop ride with lots of singletrack and switchbacks for your biking enjoyment. We start with a singletrack climb up Space Mountain. Then we’ll continue along the Los Robles Trail to the "Lookout" and take a break at the picnic table. Then it’s time to catch some thrills as we make our way down the Rosewood Singletrack to Lynn Road. After a short jaunt on pavement we are back on dirt again. This portion of the trail has a few ups and downs and connects with the whoop-de-doo trail that leads back to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 8 Miles and 1500 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.

Saturday, May 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 a challenging descent (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, May 15: Cheeseboro/China Flats Loop.   We will begin with an easy to moderate climb up the Sulphur Springs trail to Shepherd’s Flat. Then we head west on the Palo Comado connector singletrack that leads to the Palo Comado fireroad. We’ll continue up this rather steep fireroad for approximately a mile till we come to the top of China Flats. The loop ride around the top of China Flats is both beautiful and easy. Those with extra energy can ride and/or hike-a-bike up to Simi Peak. On a clear day the view from the top is well worth the fairly short but very strenuous technical climb up to it. We’ll then retrace our tracks and enjoy some fun downhill all the way back to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3, 15 Miles and 1800 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Tom

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, May 15: Cheeseboro for Beginners.   We'll be riding Cheeseboro, as it is an ideal place for a beginner's ride. Just watch out for the big rock with poison oak!! We'll ride 'til we drop, (to Shepherd's Flat) and turn around and ride back. I guarantee it will be a fun ride. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2, Technical Rating = T2.5, About 2 Hours
, Ride Leader: Kerry

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.

Saturday, May 21: Backbone from Encinal Rd to Etz Meloy for beginners.   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. Then we’ll turn around and enjoy some fun downhill all the way back to the cars via the same route as before. Once we are back to our cars, for extra bonus we can add first segment of Trancas Canyon trail. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T2, 10 Miles and 900 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Danusia

co/sponsored by CORBA (Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association).

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.

Saturday, May 21: Backbone from Encinal Rd to Mishe Mokwa.   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 8:30 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: Charlotte

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, May 22: Santa Barbara - Romero Canyon.   We start with a moderate climb up a fireroad that affords some spectacular views of the Santa Barbara area and the ocean beyond. A couple miles up, the fireroad narrows to a very fun singletrack. The climb up the singletrack is mostly moderate but does have some technical sections along the way. This is an ‘out and back’ ride so anyone wishing to head back can turn around at any time and coast all the way down the mountain to the cars. Come prepared to have lots ‘n lots of fun. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3, 13 Miles and 2400 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Wendy

Directions:   From Thousand Oaks, take the 101 Freeway to the Sheffield exit in Summerland, just past the Big Yellow House Restaurant. At the end of the off-ramp make a right and proceed to East Valley Rd. At East Valley Rd make a left and then a quick right onto Romero Cyn Rd. Stay on Romero Cyn Rd until you come upon Bella Vista Dr. At Bella Vista make a right and continue up approximately 0.25 mile. Park on the side of this road.

Sunday, May 22: Sycamore Canyon from the Beach - Two Foxes & Wood Canyon.   We’ll meet at the parking lot restroom on the hill side of PCH. We begin with a ride up the Big Sycamore Trail. At about three miles, turn left on to Wood Canyon and then a quick right turn to Two Foxes for some single track riding. At the junction with the Sin Nombre trail we have two options: option 1, take Sin Nombre to Ranch Center Road; option 2, less experienced riders can turn right for a short distance and turn left at Big the Sycamore Trail; turn left at the paved Ranch Center Road. We regroup at the water tower and after a short break, continue down Ranch Center Road and turn left at Wood Canyon. The best part of this ride is blasting down Wood Canyon and then back to the main fire road 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, 13 Miles and 950 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Michael

Helmets are mandatory and please bring a two-way radio set at 5/25, it helps keep the group together.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to mk4524@yahoo.com

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).

Saturday, May 28: Backbone - Kanan/Zuma/Corral Cyn - Adv/Int.   This ride will have both an advanced and intermediate option depending on when you start the ride at Kanan. The advanced group will begin the ride heading northwest on the newer section of the trail toward Zuma Ridge Motorway (approx 2.5 miles one-way). We'll turn around at the Motorway, head back to Kanan to pick up the intermediate riders, and continue along the Backbone single-track to the parking area at the top of Corral Canyon (approx. 6.5 miles one-way). We'll stop at the parking area for a while to take a break and enjoy the view before proceeding back to the cars along the same trail. The intermediate option is 13 miles with 2600 of climbing. The posted meeting time is for the advanced ride and the meeting time for the intermediate ride is 45 minutes later. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4.5, Technical Rating = T4, 18 Miles and 3100 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Jonathan

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, May 29: Lang and North Ranch trails tour.   This ride combines the best of the Lang Ranch, China Flats, Dead Cow and North Ranch trails. We park our cars where the ride ends. To start we pedal up Lang Ranch Parkway to the Albertson trail entrance. We ride Albertson a short distance and turn onto and climb up the Lang Ranch ridge trail to the top of rocky single track trail. We grin our way down this trail and from there we continue down to Albertsons and climb up to China Flats. We then make a full circuit of the China Flats loop and then head over to Dead Cow road. We take this fun technical descent about half way to the Rock Ridge connector trail which takes us to the Suicide trail. We go down the lower part of Suicide. We then work our way to the Hidden Meadows trail via urban mountain biking on pavement. We climb this fun trail to the Oak Brook vista trail which takes us back to our cars. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4.5, 15 Miles and 2750 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Norman

Directions:   Exit the 101 Freeway on Westlake Blvd and head north for about 4.2 miles. Turn right onto Lang Ranch Parkway (just before Avenida de Los Arboles). The trailhead is about 300 yards east of Westlake Blvd on Lang Ranch Parkway, just before the park on the left side.

Sunday, May 29: Lang and North Ranch Tour - Moderate.   This ride combines the best of the Lang Ranch, China Flats, Dead Cow and North Ranch trails. We park our cars where the ride ends. To start we pedal up Lang Ranch Parkway to the Albertson trail entrance. We ride up Albertsons to China Flats.  (The faster group will take the rocky single track.  We will skip the Lang Ranch ridge trail and rocky single track trail.)  We then make our way over to Dead Cow road. We take this fun technical descent to the Rock Ridge connector trail which takes us to the Suicide trail. We go down the lower part of Suicide. We then work our way to the Hidden Meadows trail via urban mountain biking on pavement. We climb this fun, flowing trail to the Oak Brook vista trail for a fun, somewhat techincal descent back to our cars! Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T4.5, 14 Miles, About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Charlotte

Directions:   Exit the 101 Freeway on Westlake Blvd and head north for about 4.2 miles. Turn right onto Lang Ranch Parkway (just before Avenida de Los Arboles). The trailhead is about 300 yards east of Westlake Blvd on Lang Ranch Parkway, just before the park on the left side.

Monday, May 30: 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.

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 - Moderate Pace.   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 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 - Moderate Pace.   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 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/Las Virgenes View - Moderate Pace.   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.

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 Grasslands/New Millennium/Las Virgenes View.   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.

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 1.5 miles to the dead end.

MTB Las Virgenes Cyn - Moderate Pace.   From the 101, exit Las Virgenes and turn North (away from the ocean). Proceed approximately 1.5 miles to the dead end.

MTB Malibu Creek State Park.   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.

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 - Moderate Pace.   Steve Clark’s house 3168 Holloway Ct. (Take Wendy Drive towards Sycamore Cyn - about a mile after Kimber turn left onto Holloway - Steve’s house is on the right.)

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 - Moderate Pace.   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 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 - Moderate Pace.   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 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, May 3: Evening Hike Chumash Trail.   We will climb up the Cumash Trail to Rocky Peak Fireroad, enjoy the view before heading back down. This hike is approx. 5 miles. Bring the usual, flashlights, water, food bars, 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:   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, May 14: Hike Zuma Bluff Trail to Upper Zuma Canyon .   We will be taking a different route this year for the Zuma Canyon hike.  We will not have to do a car shuttle as this version starts and ends at Kanan.  Zuma Canyon is a personal favorite as it includes many beautiful waterfalls, and 95% of the hike is done up near or in the stream. Not only is this a very beautiful and scenic hike, it is also very difficult in that there is lots of bouldering and climbing. We will be doing something a bit different on our Zuma excursion this year.  We will start at Kanan and will take the Zuma Bluff trail which drops us out around the middle of Zuma Canyon.  The Zuma Bluff trails traverses the edge of the mountain and passes by some nice rock formations and offers beautiful views of the valley and surrounding mountains.  From there we will traverse Upper Zuma canyon, which is the section that has most of the wonderful waterfalls and rock formations.  This will also give everyone a chance to hike the Zuma Bluff trail, a trail few know about or have hiked.    Zuma Canyon includes hiking, rock hopping, and a bunch of bouldering, and a few sections that will require some intimidating climbing. This hike/bouldering is not for the faint of heart, it requires, balance, and not being too bothered by heights.  The hike is only about 5 miles, but will take approx. 4 hours to complete due to the strenuous nature of the terrain.  This hike is definitely not for everyone!

You will want to wear full length pants/legs and arms as the Zuma Bluff trail is a usually overgrown, and the bouldering will be kinder to your knees if covered.   There is often a bit of poison oak in the canyon as well, it's just best to be covered.  Be sure to bring the usual water, food, wear boots appropriate for walking on rocks, etc. Meet at 8:45 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 4 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

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.

Tuesday, May 17: Eve Hike Hidden Meadows to Secret Passage.   We will start at the Hidden Meadows trailhead at the end of Falling Star Ave.  We will hike up the Hidden Meadow trail, from there we will connect to Steve's "Secret Passage" and check out some of the caves on the way up.  We stop at a nice, high point that will provide wonderful surrounding views before heading back the way we came.  This will be a moderate hike, approx. 4.5 miles, 1,200 ft elevation gain/loss, on mostly single track. Bring the usual, water, food, wear hiking boots, etc. Meet at 6:15 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 2 Hours , Hike Leader: Charlotte

Directions:   From the 101 Fwy, exit Lindero and turn North. Proceed up Lindero and turn left on Kanan. Take the first right onto Falling Star Ave. and proceed to the end. Park on the street at the Hidden Meadows Trailhead.