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Rocky Peak & Brunch at Old Susana Restaurant

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Location: Rocky Peak Park

Hike Difficulty: Moderate, Level 4/10

Distance: 6 miles

Elevation Gain: 1050'

Time: 3 hours

Trail condition: Mostly on fire road

Water: 2 liters (4 bottles)

Dog: Ok on leash

Toilette: None

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What to bring: hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, snacks, water, the usual stuff. I am not your mom.

Direction: The trail head is accessible from 118 freeway at Rocky Peak Overpass. Parking is limited at the trail head (Do not block the fire gate). Overflow parking is available across the freeway bridge.

Parking: Public parking, Adventure Pass is not necessary

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Lunch: Old Santa Susana Cafe, 1555 Kuehner Dr., Simi Valley, CA 93063, Tel:[masked] (at the north-east corner of the Kuenher Dr and Katherine Rd intersection. It is on the left hand side just before Katherine Rd.)

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Trail Description:

This hike will take us to vista points off the usual path.

Rocky Peak, located in Rocky Peak Park, is the third-highest point in the Santa Susana Mountains, and overlooks the San Fernando Valley and Chatsworth, the Simi Hills, and the Simi Valley in Southern California. The peak, which is 2,715 feet (828 m) in elevation, sits on the Los Angeles County–Ventura County line.

Rocky Peak Park stretches from the 118 freeway five miles northward to Las Llajas Canyon, and forms the most critical wildlife habitat linkage between the Simi Hills and the Santa Susana Mountains. Spectacular sandstone boulders, outcroppings, oak savannahs, and perennial water sources provide diverse habitat for birds, mammals, and reptiles.

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Our Policy:

Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list.

Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.

No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.

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Warning:

If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

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  • Mike C.

    Let me thank you all for joining me for this fun Sunday morning hike. Weather was perfect. Rocky Peak trail is usually very hot. We were blessed with a partly cloudy morning with cool breeze. We couldn't have asked for more. Everyone had high spirit and had a good time scrambling around giant boulders. .

    Let me take this opportunity to thank Amanda for leading and Adam for sweeping. Without you, this hike would not be possible. I also want to congratulate Adele for making it all the way to the peak. It was an accomplishment. .

    We have a bunch of exciting events scheduled, and I look forward to seeing you all on trail soon.

    April 14, 2014

  • Adrian

    Awesome!

    2 · April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just what the Dr ordered: a dose of nature followed by beautiful women and enormous hamburgers! Thank you Mike! Thank you Amanda for keeping pace. And a special mention to Adele who I had a hard time keeping up with :-)

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Ann V.

    It was a great idea but we had to leave before.

    1 · April 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      What happened to you Ann?

      1 · April 13, 2014

    • Ann V.

      I knew about the hike the day before and just had another plan that afternoon. It's all cool and I'll see you next brunch on Sunday! :) It was such a great hike with you guys!

      April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    great hiking experience. good hiking folks.

    2 · April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a great hike, Mike! It was nice to see/meet you all. Hope to see you on the trails again.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Susann

    I really enjoyed this hike. Very nice group! Thanks, Mike!

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Amanda S.

    Great Hike!! Thanks everyone!

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Cory P.

    Great Hike! Great Restaurant! Great Group!

    2 · April 13, 2014

  • R A I

    another fun hike!!! thanks Mike. good to see everyone again :)

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Hi Everyone, I am back in L.A.

    2 · April 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That was quick. Thought you were leaving 'after' this hike.

      April 12, 2014

    • Mike C.

      Check out the pictures.

      April 13, 2014

  • caroline

    Sorry... have to skip this one too ... still having the knee problem...

    April 12, 2014

  • Safi

    Any one coming from valley village please that can carpool with please ????

    April 6, 2014

    • Amanda S.

      Hi Ben - I think we are just going to drive there, I need to stop by REI on the way home so that will be a perfect route.

      April 11, 2014

    • Ben W.

      ok. thanx for letting me know.

      April 12, 2014

  • Ann V.

    Probably I have to follow the map huh! :) See you guys tomorrow!

    April 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can click on the "map" link next to the address location on Meetup and it will give you the destination on Google Maps. Enter your location then print the route - or use your phone's navigation :-)

      April 12, 2014

  • Ann V.

    Thanks Jay! I live in Tapanga, it seems very close after turn into 118 West but when I did mapquest I don't get the direction from it.

    April 12, 2014

  • Safi

    Sorry can't make it family emergency :(((

    April 12, 2014

  • marjan

    South bay carpool anyone?

    April 11, 2014

    • marjan

      Thanks vin i txt u today. Jay uhhm ya now u want ur own in home medical staff?!

      April 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm down with a bug, Marjan, and my legs need physical therapy. Sooo, ya! In-home PT would be nice. I'm in N Glendale - come on up!

      April 12, 2014

  • Ann V.

    Hi! The address I've found for Rocky Peak Park is 2315 Kuehner Dr. Simi Valley, is it the right place! :)

    April 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No. The address is in the description, Ann.

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • Fern

    I was looking forward to this outing but have to prepare for Passover. Have fun!

    April 12, 2014

  • Efrain

    Will miss this one, the skies are calling me!

    April 10, 2014

  • Mike C.

    I will be leaving for Yosemite at 4:00 am all by myself. If I did not return on time, please call local bear patrol.

    4 · April 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mike, this week is the government furlough for local bear patrol.... take care ;-)

      1 · April 9, 2014

  • Adele W.

    See you there!

    April 9, 2014

  • Adele W.

    Hi Mike,
    Is this something I could do at my own pace and meet you guys on the way down if I can't keep up. Just asking because it's on a fire road and I wouldn't get lost. If it's not a good idea

    April 8, 2014

    • Mike C.

      Adele, It is a fire road until it is near the summit. We will have excursions along the way. If you are behind, just skip the excursions and you will catch up with the group.

      1 · April 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will wait/walk with you, Adele...if you like :-)

      1 · April 8, 2014

  • Adele W.

    Just let me know.

    April 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Old Susana Restaurant looks much more appetizing than Crystal Cafe! Hope you all join me for an after-hike munch!

    April 6, 2014

  • helen

    Anyone coming from San Gabriel valley

    April 6, 2014

  • Angelica R.

    I will be bringing my very friendly dog, Lady! We have experience on rocky Peak

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Michelle

    I will be in NY

    March 15, 2014

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