This is a 6 mile hike out and back. Please be sure to bring water, snack and head light. I'm looking forward to hiking with you. Please meet at 6:55 pm for an 7:00 pm hike. We are starting at the mid way point of the summit our elevation gain should be about 1300 feet. I do plan on hiking the first three miles and running the last three.
Rocky Peak is a panoramic 2,715-foot summit on the border between Los Angeles and Ventura counties in the Santa Susana Mountains. The county line-straddling peak stands at the center of a 4,800-acre park bearing the same name. The shortest hike to Rocky Peak takes Rocky Peak Trail from Rocky Peak Road through Rocky Peak Park. Oh boy, we’re off to a rocky start… The first two miles of the hike follow a wide fire road up the center of the park. Then to reach the summit, you’ll have to scramble over boulders on a less used path. It is an exciting 4.75-mile round trip trek to the top of Rocky Peak with 1,100 feet of elevation gain.
With a rocky and rugged feel akin to the American Southwest, the Santa Susana Mountains are unlike other ranges in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. There is only one tree along this trail big enough to provide any shade, which can make the arid landscape tough for hikers during the hot, dry season. Save this hike for a cool day and don’t skimp on the sunscreen.
The trail head is easy to reach, located at the end of an off ramp along Route 118 between Simi Valley and Chatsworth. Set out north up Rocky Peak Trail into a garden of sandstone boulders. The pavement ends after less than a tenth of a mile giving way to a road of dirt and bedrock that launches up the mountainside. A pair of hairpin turns deliver early westward views over Simi Valley. Push up the main trail past a trio of offshoots on the right. After 0.6 miles, in which 350 feet of elevation are gained, you will arrive at a restful park bench along the left side of the trail, placed to offer a grand vista over Simi Valley.
As an organizer I assume absolutely no responsibility for you, your safety, or your belongings. I am simply "trip-companion", nothing more. If you choose to participate on the trip you assume all responsibility for yourself and agree not to hold me or the meetup group liable in any way. Make sure you do not participate on a trip you do not feel capable of doing without putting yourself or your health at risk. If in any doubt, please research the event further and/or contact the organizer.