During the rainy winter months, if the ground is wet, contact 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.
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!
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):
Mostly smooth & wide
Mostly smooth but variable width
Predominately uneven surfaces & somewhat rocky
Long segments with rocky and uneven surfaces
Extensive segments with rocky & uneven surfaces with possible drops & exposure
8:30 AM (E3.5 to 4 - T4)
8:30 AM (E4 - T4)
2:45 PM (Fun! - Fun!)
6:00 PM (E4 - T3.5)
8:30 AM (E5 - T4)
9:30 AM (E2 - T2)
9:00 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)
6:00 PM (E4 - T3.5)
8:30 AM (E4 - T3.5)
9:30 AM (E3.5 - T4)
6:00 PM (E4 - T3.5)
8:30 AM (E3.5 - T3.5)
8:30 AM (More - Trails!)
9:00 AM (E2.5 - T2.5)
6:00 PM (E4 - T3.5)
Steve - 805 402-3128
The Fine Print
By riding with the North Ranch Mountain Bikers I understand and accept the following:
► I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death.
► I understand there is no charge for the bike rides.
► I understand that the trails the North Ranch Mountain Bikers ride may not be verified for safety or ridability.
► I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on.
► I understand that the ride leaders accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride.
NEWS FOR EVERYONE
Sunday, February 2: Super Bowl XLVIII Party!.
It is almost time for Super Bowl XLVIII! This will be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment, so get ready for new Super Bowl action viewed on a new 70” TV! We will enjoy a performance by Bruno Mars for the half time show. If Bruno isn’t your thing, weather permitting, we will have a putting contest at half time on a good sized putting green out back! Those who are interested can bring their favorite putter or you can borrow one of mine. So come and watch, enjoy friends, throw something on the BBQ and join the football pool, and maybe try some putting.
Bring something to BBQ, something to share and something to drink. The game kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. so let's get together around 3:00 p.m. to kick off the fun!
Please RSVP to John Burns @ firstname.lastname@example.org
John Burns Home: 1525 Carmen Dr, Simi Valley 93065. From the 23 Exit Olson turn towards Simi, or from the 118 exit Madera Rd. From Madera Road, go East on Bonita Dr which is the signal between Royal Ave and L.A. Ave off of Madera. Take Bonita all the way up around the corner and that will put you on Carmen. I'm the second house on the right.
Sunday, February 23: CORBA Trail Work Day.
Come out and help build and fix up the trails we love to ride! It feels great to ride a trail you've helped build and maintain. For more information, visit the CORBA Trail Crew page. Work days usually last until about 2:00. Be sure to wear suitable clothing (sturdy shoes, long pants and sleeves, hat, GLOVES) and bring snacks, sunscreen and WATER. CORBA will provide the tools and training.
Remember that CORBA treats volunteers to lunch after the event and gives away great swag to volunteers who register beforehand! Further info on the trailwork can be found on the online registration page (see below). Pre-registration is greatly appreciated because it helps CORBA know how many tools to bring, and to plan how much work can be done.
CORBA's lunch will be after trailwork ends, so bring along a snack to tide you over! Time: 8:30 am.
Today we'll be working on one of our favorite trails, and CORBA's adopted trail, Space Mountain! Online registration will be appreciated so we'll know how many tools to bring, and to help us plan for the work we'll do. You can register at http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/events/162018922/ You will find full details on the online registration page.
Saturday, February 1: North China Cow.
This is a fun ride with non technical climbing and lots of fun, technical singletrack downhills! From the trailhead in Oakpark, we work our way to the Hidden Meadows trail via urban mountain biking on pavement. From North Ranch we climb the fun Hidden Meadows trail to the Oak Brook vista trail and after a fun descent this takes us into Lang Ranch. We then pedal up the Albertson motorway trail. There is an option to climb up the Lang Ranch ridge trail to the top of rocky single track trail to enjoy the fun descent. We continue up Albertson's and climb up to China Flats. We then make a circuit of the China Flats loop and the shorter option is to cut straight across China Flats, both heading over to Dead Cow road. We take this fun technical descent down Dead Cow. There is the option of either taking Dead Cow to the bottom with a easy pedal via pavement back to the cars. Or take the fun Rock Ridge trail which takes us to the Suicide trail. We then make our way down the lower part of Suicide back to the cars! Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5 to 4, Technical Rating = T4, 15 Miles and 2900 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours , Ride Leader: Charlotte
This will have the option for a faster paced group who will ride a bit more, and a slower paced group who will ride a bit less! It's nice, something for everyone :).
Directions: From the 101 Fwy and exit at Kanan Rd and turn North (away from the ocean). Proceed approx 2.7 miles and turn right on Hollytree Drive. Immediately turn left into Oak Canyon Community Park. Don't park in the first lot which is immediately to your left (that is the duck pond), drive up a bit and park in the next parking lot on your left near the bathrooms.
Sunday, February 2: Las Llajas/Johnson's/Chumash.
We will start at the bottom of Chumash Trail and ride on the street to Las Llajas Canyon, where we climb a gentle fireroad with 530 ft of elevation gain over 3.5 miles. At this point we will turn up the steep Oil Well Road until we reach Rocky Peak Fireroad. Here we can take a break to catch our breath and regroup. We will then head past Chumash to the top of Johnson's Motorway for a fun descent and climb back up. This is a 2.8 mile climb along a rocky fire road. After resting at the top, we will ride down to the bottom on Chumash Trail, a mostly firm but often rocky singletrack. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T4, 14 Miles and 3000 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours , Ride Leader: Jonathan
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, February 8: Backbone @ Kanan w/ Two Out & Backs to Zuma Ridge & Corral Cyn (Int & Adv).
This ride is a combination of two out & back rides that is on 100% singletrack and is 200% fun. This ride will have both an advanced and intermediate option. The advanced group will start at the posted ride time and ride the 1st out & back section of the Backbone Trail over to the Zuma Ridge Motorway. This section is approximately 5 miles roundtrip with 600' of climbing. Then we'll pick up the intermediate riders back at the Kanan parking lot 1 hour later and do the 2nd out & back over to the parking area at the top of Corral Canyon. This section is approximately 14 miles roundtrip with 2600' of climbing. Backbone has a lot of ups and downs and is quite technical in some sections. The posted meeting/ride time and ride rating are for the advanced ride. The meeting time for the intermediate ride is 1 hour later than the posted time and the ride rating is E4:T4. The meeting spot for both rides is on Kanan. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E5, Technical Rating = T4, 19 Miles and 3200 Feet of Climbing , About 4.5 Hours , Ride Leader: Tamara
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.
Saturday, February 8: 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 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
Please bring a two-way radio, set at 5/25, it helps keep us together.
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, February 9: Sycamore: Guadalasca - Backbone Loop.
We start off on the connector trail that leads to Big Sycamore Canyon Road. We’ll descend down into the canyon and take Sin Nombre over to Sage and make the climb up to the water tower. From here it’s a fast and fun decent down Wood Canyon. Then it’s another climb up to the top via Guadalasca. We’ll ride the fireroad over to Backbone and enjoy another great descent. After a short jaunt on Two Foxes we’ll head up the main fireroad and climb up the dreaded asphalt hill. From the top it’s just a short ride back to the cars. Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 19 Miles and 2900 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours , Ride Leader: Tom
Directions: Take the 101 Freeway to the Wendy exit in Newbury Park. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south on Wendy until it dead-ends at Potrero Road. Park in the adjacent dirt parking area.
Saturday, February 15: Palo Comado/Sheep Corral/Gas Pipe/Las Virg..
This loop starts with a climb up the Modelo singletrack. There are a couple of steep ups and downs along the ridge before we join the Palo Comado fireroad and climb all the way to China Flats. After a fun and relaxing loop around the valley, we'll descend back down Palo Comado and join the Sheep Corral singletrack to the Overlook. We continue on Sheep Corral and down the technical Gaspipe section that drops us into Las Virgenes Canyon. After a bit of fireroad, we'll divert onto the steep and narrow shortcut trail and join the Las Virgenes Connector (Pump Road) up to the gate. We'll veer left onto the Cheeseboro Ridge fireroad and pedal over to Canyonview. This will take us down into Cheeseboro Canyon where we will take the Modelo Connector back up to Modelo to finish with a descent down the singletrack that we started on. Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T3.5, 18 Miles and 2850 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours , Ride Leader: Jonathan
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, February 16: 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 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3.5, 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.
Saturday, February 22: Brown Mountain Summit with Optional El Preito Descent.
We begin in Hahamonga Watershed Park at the base of Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Alta Dena, heading south across Devil's Gate Dam to a northbound trail head on the southeast side of the watershed. We join the Gabrielino Trail via the JPL employee parking lot, ascend the Fern Truck Trail to the Brown Mountain Saddle, catch our breath, then summit Brown Mountain. After another respite we enjoy down-hill action back to the Saddle. ADVANCED RIDERS may opt for a run down the east side of the Fern Truck Trail and the HIGHLY TECHNICAL El Prieto Trail, while the rest of the group descends Fern Truck Trail. Both routes lead back to the junction of the Gabrielino Trail. Once regrouped we head back to Hahamonga Watershed Park via trails on the eastern perimeter of JPL, including a one-quarter mile stretch of tricky gravel. 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 = E3.5, Technical Rating = T3.5, 16 Miles and 2500 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours , Ride Leader: Jesse
We will ride our mountain bikes. It will be fun.
[***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 rides are staged. Please read all options before departing. Contact the ride leader with questions.***]
[From Conejo Valley & Points West to Park Entrance]
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.
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 off ramp:
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]
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 Park Entrance]
Follow the unnamed road about 500 feet and take the first left turn, followed by a quick right at the stop sign at the bottom of the 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. Rides start & end at the paved lot.
****Don't park in spots on the upper road near the entrance of the park. They're limited to two hours.****
Sunday, February 23: Tapia Canyon Beginner.
We start with a long steady climb up the Tapia Canyon fireroad, stopping at the top under the power line towers. From here we'll drop into the super fun Kona singletrack for 3 miles of smooth, twisty goodness, until it lets back out in Tapia Canyon. Want some extra credit? Head back up the fireroad and come done Kona again! Meet at 9:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T2.5, 10 Miles and 900 Feet of Climbing , About 2.5 Hours , Ride Leader: Michelle
From the I-5 / I-405 interchange, take I-5 northbound 17 miles to the PARKER ROAD exit. Turn right/east on RIDGE ROUTE ROAD, then right/south on CASTAIC ROAD. Park at the Castaic Sports Complex, 0.2 miles south on the east/left side of the road, one block past the Aquatic Center. Outdoor estrooms are located near the soccer fields.
31320 North Castaic Road
Castaic, CA 91384
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:
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 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.
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 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 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 Topanga Area at Night.
From Thousand Oaks: take the 101 South and exit at Mulholland Dr/Valley Circle Blvd. Turn left on Calabasas Rd then make first right on Mulholland Dr. Drive approx 1.75 miles and turn right (south) on Topanga Cyn Blvd. Drive approx 3 miles and make a left on Viewridge Rd (just past the summit). Park at end of Viewridge Rd.
From the East SF Valley: take the 101 North and exit at Topanga Cyn Blvd SOUTH. Drive South for 3.5 miles and make a left on Viewridge Rd (just past the summit). Park at the end of the Viewridge Rd.
MTB 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.
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.