This is a fast-paced conditioning hike for intermediate-level hikers and above. This time, we'll make our way from Lang Ranch to Simi Peak, stopping there to catch our breath, and we'll then return the way we came. This should position us to enjoy a special summer sunset on this not always summer-friendly route. Expect a deliberate and athletic hike of about 8 miles and 1700 feet of gain.
Please note that the guest feature is not activated for this meetup. On all my hikes, I expect everyone coming to have signed up themselves, read the write-up, and arrive informed and prepared.
Hope to see you on the trails,
Our hikes are afternoon conditioning hikes for people hiking at an intermediate level or above, and enjoying time outdoors with fun and friendly people sharing similar interests and fitness goals.
Our hike format emphasizes easy-to-access and scenic 5-8 mile Malibu-area conditioning routes with[masked] foot elevation gains, a relatively fast pace with a single rest stop, and optional technique discussions and conditioning exercises (based on individual and group interest). Total hiking time is normally 2.5-3 hours.
We schedule our hikes as late in the day as the season allows, minimizing hiking in the dark while encouraging people with a variety of schedules to get one or more conditioning hikes in during the week and tune-up for bigger adventures.
Here is info on our scheduled hike…hope to see you there!
Lang Ranch To Simi Peak
Hike Type: Conditioning
Route Type: Out & back
Distance: Up to 8 miles
Elevation gain: Up to 1700 feet
Terrain: Fire road and single-file trail
Dogs allowed: Yes
This fairly strenuous hike will take us up to 8 miles roundtrip from tony Lang Ranch toward or to Simi Peak. Our route is principally on the Albertson Fire Road, which goes from the trailhead eastward all the way to Upper Las Virgenes Canyon and is a favorite route for bikers and mountain lions. If the group is able and time-permitting, we will turn off this hilly fire road after about three miles and head south for about one mile, on a single-file trail, across China Flats and then up to the commanding views of 2400-foot Simi Peak.
The Albertson Fire Road is an especially scenic route in both directions, rising up above the Simi and Conejo Valleys and offering westward views of the Pacific and offshore islands. If we reach Simi Peak, we will enjoy very rewarding views of the Simi Valley, Conejo Valley, San Fernando Valley, Oxnard Plains, Pacific Ocean, and the Channel Islands. As importantly, our late afternoon descent on the Albertson Fire Road offers sustained and quite stunning sunset views of the ocean and islands.
Our hike begins with a moderate but steady uphill eastward trek and varies in steepness somewhat as we proceed. As we continue, there are increasing views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, and the impressive ridgeline that includes Simi Peak. After completing our ascent, we return and descend westerly on the Albertson Fire Road until we again reach the Lang Ranch trailhead.
The route begins on a canyon floor but quickly gives way to open hillsides and ridgelines. Since we start in a fairly sheltered location and reach exposed areas open to the surrounding valleys and Pacific, weather can range from calm and humid to misty with ocean winds to quite warm and dry conditions. We will stop at or as close as we can get to Simi Peak to grab a snack and enjoy the great view. On our way back, especially during sunset, we will be treated to some especially remarkable views.
Please wear – brush-resistant pants, one or more wicking shirts appropriate to the temperature, comfortable hiking shoes or light boots, your favorite undergarments and accessories, and a light backpack.
Please bring – at least two liters of water, snacks, an extra layer of clothing, a charged cell phone, identification, a headlamp, a small first-aid kit, bug repellant and sunscreen, a waterproof shell if rain is forecast, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail.
Free on-street parking is available on the Lang Ranch Parkway
Please do not leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead.
From the East, West & South – take the 101 toward Thousand Oaks. Exit at Westlake Boulevard and turn north (away from the ocean). Drive 4.1 miles and turn right on the Lang Ranch Parkway. Continue 0.8 miles and park where the Lang Ranch Parkway makes a sharp left.
From the North – take the 23 south toward Thousand Oaks. Exit at the Avenida De Los Arboles exit and turn left (east) on Avenida De Los Arboles. Drive 1.5 miles and turn right on Westlake Boulevard. Drive 0.2 miles and turn left on the Lang Ranch Parkway. Continue 0.8 miles and park where the Lang Ranch Parkway makes a sharp left.
DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY
IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:
The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.
Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Malibu Hiking Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in events. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY: This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from hikes, or for any injuries or accidents before, during, and after group hikes. If you sign up and come on this hike outing you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and agree to participate in the hike/outing. No +1s or guests allowed at Malibu Hiking events. All attending must be group members.
All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
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