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885 St. Charles Dr. #11, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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October 2013

Looking for a map link to the trailhead? Just click on the "directions" under the ride write-up, this is a link to google maps! And 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

Tuesday

October 1

Will the NRMB Holiday Party be at YOUR house???

Saturday

October 5

8:30 AM (E2.0 - T1.0)

BobLas Llajas Canyon / Chivo Canyon For Beginners

Saturday

October 5

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T4)

RandyTriunfo Canyon Trail and COSCA

Sunday

October 6

8:30 AM (E3.5 - T3)

JesseCherry Canyon with Verdugo-Catalina and "Grand" Vista Options

Saturday

October 12

8:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)

CharlotteNEW TRAILS!! Shooting Star/Hill Canyon/Western Plateau

Saturday

October 12

8:30 AM (E2 - T2)

MichelleSycamore Canyon from the Beach - Two Foxes & Wood Canyon

Sunday

October 13

8:30 AM (3.5 - 3.5)

JesseBrown Mountain Dam and Brown Mountain with Optional El Preito Descent

Sunday

October 13

8:30 AM (E2 - T3)

KevinBrown Mountain Dam for Advanced Beginners

Wednesday

October 16

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

Randy B.MTB Space Mountain at Night

Friday

October 18

 (E4-5 - T3-4.5)

Kernville Fat Tire Shuttle Festival Oct 18th - 20th

Saturday

October 19

7:30 AM (More - Trails!)

COSCA Annual Trail Work Day

Sunday

October 20

8:00 AM

WendyGGR Annual Rocktober XC Gala and CORBA Fund Raiser/Membership Drive

Sunday

October 20

9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3)

TomCheeseboro/China Flats Loop

Wednesday

October 23

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Grasslands at Night

Saturday

October 26

8:30 AM (E4 - T4)

JonathanSanta Rosa/Lower SR/Liz Rock/Lynnmere Loop

Saturday

October 26

9:00 AM (E2.5 - T2)

KevinReseda to Westridge

Sunday

October 27

8:30 AM (E2.5 - T3)

MichelleGrasslands to Dam

Wednesday

October 30

6:00 PM (E3.5 - T3.5)

TamaraMTB Cheeseboro at Night


Randy - 805 373-8824   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

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

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@yahoo.com

 

Jonathan - 626 375-4531   noossabh@yahoo.com

Bob - 805-890-0052   goodtobebob2005-1@yahoo.com

 

Kevin - 310 391-3919   smaug@smaugslair.com

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   cfarrens@gmail.com

 

Michelle - 805 815-1825   tee2sea@hotmail.com

Steve - 805 402-3128

 

Jesse - 818 968-4104   jesstator@ettingerproductions.com

Wendy - 818 522-0840   cyberdivachick@yahoo.com

 

Randy B. - 818 437-0905   randy@westlaketax.com


The Fine Print

By riding with the North Ranch Mountain Bikers I understand and accept the following:

► I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death.

► I understand there is no charge for the bike rides.

► I understand that the trails the North Ranch Mountain Bikers ride may not be verified for safety or ridability.

► I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on.

► I understand that the ride leaders accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride.

NEWS FOR EVERYONE

Tuesday, October 1: Will the NRMB Holiday Party be at YOUR house???.   Every December we have been lucky enough to have one generous person offer their home to host the NRMB holiday party! We are looking for this year's host, will you offer your home for this annual tradition? Typically it draws 50 people or so, is pot-luck and BYOB. If you might be interested in hosting this years party or would like more information, please contact Charlotte at cfarrens@gmail.com or call 805-890-1234.

Friday, October 18: Kernville Fat Tire Shuttle Festival Oct 18th - 20th.   Every year the NRMB has a strong contingent of riders going to the KFTF. Kernville is always a great time. Here is the info:

In our quaint little town of Kernville, the leaves on the trees are beginning to change colors, infusing that Fall feeling that all mountain bikers know and love. The nights are cooling off a bit and the trails are primed, just for your riding pleasure. We've decided to mix things up a bit for this year's mountain biking season. Instead of our annual mountain bike festival, we are scaling back on the glitz, but adding extra punch, just where you want it, with more shuttles in each day! During the weekend of Shuttle-Fest 2013, October 18-20, 2013, you will be able to ride Just Outstanding Trail twice in one day; or, ride Cannell Trail in the morning and then Just Outstanding in the afternoon. Call us at (800) 861-6553 to reserve your shuttle and camp site. Prices and registration can be found at the MRA website at http://www.mtnriver.com/fat_tire_festival.htm

 Time: 8:00 am.
Endurance Rating = E4-5, Technical Rating = T3-4.5

Saturday, October 19: COSCA Annual Trail Work Day.   This annual Conejo Valley event draws a large crowd and as always helps to put some very sweet trails back into good shape. Be sure to stay afterwards for the free thank-you lunch and prize give-away. Meet at the Conejo Canyons Bridge in Hill Canyon, near Santa Rosa Valley County Park. See the CORBA registration page, listed below, for more details and directions. Pre-registration is required to help with planning - thanks for your consideration!

Things to bring:

No experience is required. Tools and instructions on how to use them will be provided. There will be a free thank-you lunch and prize give-away afterwards from noon until 2:00 pm. Time: 7:30 am.

This year we'll be fixing up some "unofficial" trails in the Western Plateau area, making them much better for riding! Please register online with CORBA beforehand so they'll know how many people to expect. Here's the link:

http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/events/135107662/

(Also, by registering with CORBA, mountain bikers get credit for helping fix up the trails!)

Directions:   We meet at Santa Rosa County Park, a half mile down Hill Canyon Road from Santa Rosa Road.

From Newbury Park and points west - Take the 101 Freeway to Santa Rosa Road in Camarillo. Drive north-east 5 miles to Hill Canyon Road, turn right and drive to the parking area.

From Thousand Oaks and points east - Take the 101 to the 23, drive 2 miles north on 23 and exit at Avenida De Los Arboles. Turn left, pass back under the freeway, drive 1.3 miles then turn right onto Moorpark Rd. Go 2.6 miles then continue straight onto Santa Rosa Road. After another 3.7 miles, turn left onto Hill Canyon Road and drive to the parking area.

From Simi Valley, Moorpark and other points north - Drive south on the 23, exiting at Tierra Rejada Rd, turning right. After only 0.5 miles, turn left onto Moorpark Rd, continue 1.4 miles before turning right onto Santa Rosa Road. After another 3.7 miles, turn left onto Hill Canyon Road and drive to the parking area.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, October 5: Las Llajas Canyon / Chivo Canyon For Beginners.   We park at the Las Llajas (ya-has) trailhead.

First part of ride (7 miles round trip): It is a gentle climb, up the fire road, with about 650 feet of elevation gain over 3.5 miles. At the junction, with the steep oil well trail, we will take a break, then backtrack down to our vehicles and take a quick break/check-in. If your time is limited, you can stop at this point and call it a day. Please let me know, at this point, so that I can take a re-count of the group.

Second part of ride (6 miles round trip): This adds about another 650 feet, of elevation gain, over about 6 miles. We roll down Evening Sky Drive to Yosemite Ave, make a right, go for about .4 mile, and meet at the Chivo Canyon Trailhead. At .7 mile up this fire road, we turn leftish (north-west) onto another fire road for a little less than .2 mile. At this point, we take the right fork that forms a 1.4 mile loop that brings us back to this point. We retrace our steps back to our vehicles and it is off to lunch for those interested.

Note: This is one of the few rides where we pass by our cars about 55% through the ride. And if your time is limited, and you decide to leave, please let me know, at this point, so that I can take a re-count of the group.

 Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.0, Technical Rating = T1.0, 13 Miles and 1300 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Bob

Directions:   Take the 118 Freeway to the Yosemite Avenue exit in Simi Valley. At the end of the off-ramp proceed north to Evening Sky Drive and make a right. Proceed approx. 1/2 mile up to the Las Llajas trailhead and park on the road

Saturday, October 5: 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 = E3.5, Technical Rating = T4, About 3 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, October 6: Cherry Canyon with Verdugo-Catalina and "Grand" Vista Options.   From the parking lot at Hahamonga Watershed Park we take a short jaunt to the south end of the watershed, picking up the Flint Canyon Trail under a bridge at I-210 at the west end of Devil's Gate Dam.  This intricate & compelling trail takes us about three miles west from Alta Dena through the luscious neighborhood of La Cañada.  Passing between houses and stables we make our way to Chevy Chase Drive, pedaling about 3/4 of a mile through Descanso Drive, Padres Trail and finally Forest Hill Drive to Cherry Canyon.  Passing through the gate we'll take the first right onto the Conservancy Trail, then swing back down to catch Liz's Loop.  Crossing over Cherry Canyon Motorway we'll hit the lower section of the Owl Trail, then climb the motorway to the five-way connector.  From this junction we head up the lower section of the Cerro Negro Trail to the Ultimate Destination, stopping for a quick breather, a drink of water and a group picture.  Then it's off to the lookout tower for a brief stop to admire the 360-degree view of greater Los Angeles.  From the lookout tower we'll ride about 3.5 miles down the Ridge Motorway to a more majectic overlook spot just above the intersection of CA-2 and CA-134.  On a crystal-clear day this vista offers one of the most stunning views of greater Los Angeles you'll ever see.  We'll retrace our steps on the Ridge Motorway, picking up the brand-new Catalina-Verdugo Trail above the Glendale Sports Complex.  this 1.9-mile loop opened on July 1st, 2013.  It offers a .7-mile switchback section and a 1.2-mile, swooping XC section.  Riders may choose to ride clockwise or counterclockwise.  We'll all meet at the Sports Complex, then regroup back up on the motorway and head back to the lookout towerFrom the lookout tower we'll head over the the upper section of Cerro Negro Trail, which winds us back to the five-way connector, then across to and down the Conservancy Trail a thrilling descent that leaves us just shy of the entrance at Forest Hill Drive.  Time & conditions and endurance permitting, additional loops of varying trails may be constructed.  From Cherry Canyon we retrace our steps on the Flint Canyon Trail to Hahamonga Watershed Park. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3, 17 Miles and 2000 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Jesse

Please bring ***your radio tuned to 5.25***, plenty of electrolyte-based fluid, a snack, a spare inner tube, a pump and/or compressed air, a helmet . . . and a mountain bike. Yes, please bring a mountain bike.

After-ride lunch will be at Los Gringos Locos http://www.losgringoslocos.com/ 631 Foothill Blvd., La Canada.

We will ride our mountain bikes. It will be fun.

Directions:   [***Three options, two from the west and one from the east, are provided to the park entrance, followed by directions to the parking lot where the ride is staged. Please read all options before departing. Contact the ride leader with questions.***]

FROM CONEJO VALLEY & POINTS WEST TO PARK ENTRANCE:
OPTION 1: Take US-101 S to CA-134 E to CA-2 N to I-210 E. Take the first exit, CA-2 N, Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada/Flintridge.
OPTION 2: Take CA-23 N to CA-118 E to I-210 E. Exit at CA-2 N, Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada/Flintridge
OPTIONS 1 & 2 FROM THE OFFRAMP: Turn right/south. Make a left at the second light, Foothill Boulevard, heading east. Cross the intersection at Oak Grove Drive about 3/4 of a mile later, and head straight into the the park.
FROM PASADENA & POINTS EAST TO PARK ENTRANCE:
OPTION 3: Navigate to I-210 W. Exit at Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada/Flintridge. Turn right/east on Foothill Boulevard, heading east. Cross the intersection at Oak Grove Drive about 3/4 of a mile later, and head straight into the the park.

ALL OPTIONS FROM THE PARK ENTRANCE:
Follow the unnamed road down about 500 feet. Making a left turn at the Frisbee-Golf sign, followed by a quick right at the stop sign at the bottom of the short hill. An ample parking lot is on your right, near the soccer & baseball fields, just before the watershed. If that lot is full, use overflow parking on the dirt lot in the watershed on the other side of the open gate at the end of the road. Do not park in spots on the upper road near the entrance of the park. They're limited to two hours. Rides start & end at the paved lot.

Saturday, October 12: NEW TRAILS!! Shooting Star/Hill Canyon/Western Plateau.   Starting from Wildwood, we take the Lower Butte Trail towards CLU where we pick up the Santa Rosa Trail for a short stretch. At the split, we take the Shooting Star Trail, a fun single track that winds its way down into Santa Rosa Valley. We will take the Lower Santa Rosa Trail all the way to Hill Canyon where you will discover some fun surprises along the way. From there we will cross over the creek on the new bridge. We then make our way up the Western Plateau Trail and into the mountains near the Conejo Grade where more sweeping single track fun awaits. We find our way back down into Hill Canyon on fast fire roads and the shady single track of Creekside Junction. From Hill Canyon we make our way back into Wildwood Park, past Paradise Falls and either on to the Lynnmere Trail or for those who want a shorter ride, may skip Lynnmere and head back to the cars.
 Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 15 Miles and 2000 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Charlotte

We had to cancel this last time due to the heat, but are really looking forward to finally sharing these trails with everyone!

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.

Saturday, October 12: Sycamore Canyon from the Beach - Two Foxes & Wood Canyon.   We will 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;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 8:30 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: Michelle

Beginners Ride

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).

Sunday, October 13: Brown Mountain Dam and Brown Mountain with Optional El Preito Descent.   We begin in Hahamongna Watershed Park at the base of Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Alta Dena.  From the park we head south across Devil's Gate Dam to a trail head on the east side of the watershedHeading north we join the Gabrielino Trail via the JPL employee parking lot and head up to the Brown Mountain Dam.  This XC canyon run offers a bit of everything, including a few water crossings.  We'll stop for a quick picture and a snack, then retrace our steps back down the Gabrielino TrailWe then ascend Brown Mountain via the Fern Truck Trail, stopping for a breather at the upper junction of the El Prieto Trail.  After admiring the view from Brown Mountain and snapping another picture we enjoy down-hill action back to the upper junction**Advanced riders** may opt for a run down the **highly technical** & thrilling El Prieto Trail, while the rest of the group descends the rest of the Fern Truck TrailOnce regrouped at the bottom we'll head out on the Gabrielino Trail and back to Hahamonga Watershed Park via trails on the eastern perimeter of JPL**The El Prieto trail is optional on this ride, and carries a T rating of 4.0.  It requires great skill and control**.

 Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = 3.5, Technical Rating = 3.5, 20 Miles and 2800 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Jesse

Please bring ***your radio tuned to 5.25***, plenty of electrolyte-based fluid, a snack, a spare inner tube, a pump and/or compressed air, a helmet . . . and a mountain bike. Yes, please bring a mountain bike.

After-ride lunch will be at Los Gringos Locos http://www.losgringoslocos.com/ 631 Foothill Blvd., La Canada.

We will ride our mountain bikes. It will be fun.

Directions:   [***Three options, two from the west and one from the east, are provided to the park entrance, followed by directions to the parking lot where the ride is staged. Please read all options before departing. Contact the ride leader with questions.***]

FROM CONEJO VALLEY & POINTS WEST TO PARK ENTRANCE:
OPTION 1: Take US-101 S to CA-134 E to CA-2 N to I-210 E. Take the first exit, CA-2 N, Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada/Flintridge.
OPTION 2: Take CA-23 N to CA-118 E to I-210 E. Exit at CA-2 N, Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada/Flintridge
OPTIONS 1 & 2 FROM THE OFFRAMP: Turn right/south. Make a left at the second light, Foothill Boulevard, heading east. Cross the intersection at Oak Grove Drive about 3/4 of a mile later, and head straight into the the park.
FROM PASADENA & POINTS EAST TO PARK ENTRANCE:
OPTION 3: Navigate to I-210 W. Exit at Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada/Flintridge. Turn right/east on Foothill Boulevard, heading east. Cross the intersection at Oak Grove Drive about 3/4 of a mile later, and head straight into the the park.

ALL OPTIONS FROM THE PARK ENTRANCE:
Follow the unnamed road down about 500 feet. Making a left turn at the Frisbee-Golf sign, followed by a quick right at the stop sign at the bottom of the short hill. An ample parking lot is on your right, near the soccer & baseball fields, just before the watershed. If that lot is full, use overflow parking on the dirt lot in the watershed on the other side of the open gate at the end of the road. Do not park in spots on the upper road near the entrance of the park. They're limited to two hours. Rides start & end at the paved lot.

Sunday, October 13: Brown Mountain Dam for Advanced Beginners.   We start with an easy counter-clockwise trip around the watershed, then get into the Arroyo Seco canyon proper as we start up the Gabrioleno trail. It starts out paved, then turns to fireroad, then double track, then singletrack. The further up we get, the more fun and technical it becomes. Think of the rock garden leading to the MASH set in Malibu Creek for comparison. Overall more rideable, but with hike-a-bike sections for everyone. Also lots of stream crossings. We'll take a break at the dam, then double back down for a quicker run back down the trail. When we arrive back at the watershed, we'll continue counter-clockwise around the park, with JPL on our right. A brief encounter with a sandy wash, and we're back to the parking lot. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2, Technical Rating = T3, 11 Miles and 700 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Leader: Kevin

Directions:   [***Three options, two from the west and one from the east, are provided to the park entrance, followed by directions to the parking lot where the ride is staged. Please read all options before departing. Contact the ride leader with questions.***]

FROM CONEJO VALLEY & POINTS WEST TO PARK ENTRANCE:
OPTION 1: Take US-101 S to CA-134 E to CA-2 N to I-210 E. Take the first exit, CA-2 N, Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada/Flintridge.
OPTION 2: Take CA-23 N to CA-118 E to I-210 E. Exit at CA-2 N, Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada/Flintridge
OPTIONS 1 & 2 FROM THE OFFRAMP: Turn right/south. Make a left at the second light, Foothill Boulevard, heading east. Cross the intersection at Oak Grove Drive about 3/4 of a mile later, and head straight into the the park.
FROM PASADENA & POINTS EAST TO PARK ENTRANCE:
OPTION 3: Navigate to I-210 W. Exit at Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada/Flintridge. Turn right/east on Foothill Boulevard, heading east. Cross the intersection at Oak Grove Drive about 3/4 of a mile later, and head straight into the the park.

ALL OPTIONS FROM THE PARK ENTRANCE:
Follow the unnamed road down about 500 feet. Making a left turn at the Frisbee-Golf sign, followed by a quick right at the stop sign at the bottom of the short hill. An ample parking lot is on your right, near the soccer & baseball fields, just before the watershed. If that lot is full, use overflow parking on the dirt lot in the watershed on the other side of the open gate at the end of the road. Do not park in spots on the upper road near the entrance of the park. They're limited to two hours. Rides start & end at the paved lot.

Sunday, October 20: GGR Annual Rocktober XC Gala and CORBA Fund Raiser/Membership Drive.   This is an all women's event that includes:
beginner skills clinics
5 guided XC rides fro beginner - advanced
Goodie bags
Raffles
Silent Auctions
Swap Meet
Guest speakers and more.

Registration is free. Sign up here: https://sites.google.com/site/girlzgoneriding/ggr-presents-the-rocktober-xc-gala-2 Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later. About 7 Hours , Ride Leader: Wendy

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, October 20: 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.

Saturday, October 26: Santa Rosa/Lower SR/Liz Rock/Lynnmere Loop.   This ride includes the Lower Butte Trail , the Shooting Star Trail, and the entire Lynnmere Trail loop. We start by riding up to the CLU cross. We will continue west on the Santa Rosa Trail until just past the driveway crossing where we go left at the T and take the Lower Butte Trail to Wildwood Ave. We'll ride up the pavement for about 1/4 mile to the Santa Rosa connector trail on the right. This fun little spur takes us back to the SR trail where we go right. Then it's a left on the Shooting Star Trail down to the valley floor. We turn left on the Lower SR Trail and continue west until we climb up the Box Canyon Trail to Lizard Rock. Then, it's down Lizard Rock Trail past the falls to the Lynnmere Trail. We climb up Lynnmere, go left near the top, complete the entire Lynnmere loop that includes some fun descents and some hike-a-bike, and go back down into the canyon. Then, it's up the fire road to Parking Lot 2 and the Mesa Trail. We climb UP the Santa Rosa switchbacks and continue eastbound back to our starting point. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 17 Miles and 2500 Feet of Climbing , About 4 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 Mountclef (at the stop sign after Moorpark Rd.), cross Olsen Rd. and park on the street.

Saturday, October 26: Reseda to Westridge .   From the South end of Reseda we will ride up to Dirt Mulholland (we'll ride on the singletrack trail parallel to the steep fireroad on Reseda) and continue on with a moderate climb (about 700 ft of climbing) over to the Nike tower. After taking a break in the shade, we will head down the Westridge fireroad and then hop onto the ridge singletrack to climb up to the high point of the ridge for some great views. From there we'll head down the ridge a little bit more, hop back on the fireroad, and find our possible turnaround point, with a view into Sullivan canyon. From here we can turn back, or continue down the fireroad, depending on the group. The we'll head back up the fireroad to the Nike tower, and take dirt Mulholland back to the Reseda parking lot. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T2, 11 Miles and 1500 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Kevin

Directions:   Take the 101 Fwy to the Reseda Blvd exit in Tarzana. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue up Reseda; pass the Caballero trail, up through/past the opening in the fence up to the paid parking area. Park just before the "white line" as the paid parking starts just beyond that white line. At the end of the ride, when leaving the parking area, be sure to stop at the photo enforced stop sign.

Sunday, October 27: Grasslands to Dam.   Starting from De Anza Park, we’ll bike over to Malibu Creek State Park via the Grasslands Trail. Once inside the park, we will proceed along the main fireroad that leads up to Crags Road, which passes through a fairly short but technical rocky streambed (some of the technical parts can be rideable, but you can walk this area to be on the safe side). After a short stop at the M*A*S*H area, we continue on to the dam. We’ll retrace our tracks that take us back to De Anza Park. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T3, 12 Miles and 1400 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Leader: Michelle

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.

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 CLU/Santa Rosa at Night.   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 Mountclef (at the stop sign after Moorpark Rd.), cross Olsen Rd. and park on the street.

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/Las Virgenes View 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 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 Johnson's Motorway at Night.   From Thousand Oaks take the 118 and exit at Rocky Peak Rd. Turn right, and then an immediate left onto Santa Susana Pass Rd. Proceed to Iverson Rd. and turn left. From the the South, from the 118 exit Topanga Cyn Blvd & turn left. Turn right on Santa Susana Pass Rd., and right onto Iverson Rd.
Parking is just outside the gate, near the underpass in Iverson Rd.

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. Parking is on the street.

MTB Malibu Creek State Park - Bulldog at Night.   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. Turn right onto Mulholland and proceed a 1/4 mile and park on the road at the trailhead.

MTB Malibu Creek State Park at Night.   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 New Millennium/Las Virgenes View/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 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.

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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.