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Long Canyon - Hiker Favorite

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This hike is not just for singles.
This hike is cross-posted with HIKE-TO-HEALTH meetup.

This is an intermediate hike at a moderate speed. It has been one of the favorites of the variations available from the Long Canyon trailhead. We will experience a wide variety of terrain: Rocky trails, single-track, wooded, urban, fire road, flat-rocks, etc.

The Route:
• Up Long Canyon Trail to bench.
• Down to 5-points.
• Easy right up incline.
• Left at Hidden Canyon Trail single track.
• Right at Albertson Motorway.
• Right at fenced area and back to Albertson Fire Road.
• Left at Lang Ranch Ridge Trail and into neighborhood.
• Right at Oak Valley Lane. After 4 blocks, enter trail at North Westlake Blvd and take Autumn Ridge Trail.
• Left at junction, passing Sunrise Trail, and taking easy right to Woodridge Loop Trail.
• Woodridge Connector and back to lot.

A picture of the route is posted at the end of the description. We'll stop whenever necessary to let everyone catch up, and/or to share beverages and snacks.

Interesting Notes:

Take notice of the Eucalyptus tree at the trailhead.

Along the right side of the trail during the first 200', you will see:
White Sage - the leaves are very fragrant when pinched

Elderberry - The blue or purple berries can be made into elderberry wine, jam, syrup, and pies.

Distance: 5.5 miles, 3 hours
Elevation Gain: 1050'
Difficulty: Intermediate
Pace: 2 mph
Dogs: Yes if leashed, per State law
Restrooms: No
Drinking Fountains: No
Parking: Free at trailhead parking lot
Trail: Varies. Single-track, fire road, rocky and/or gravel.
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall.

What to Bring:
1-2 liters of water.
Hiking shoes preferred, but athletic shoes will be OK.
Drinks or snacks to share requested but not required.
Flashlight or headlamp in winter months.

Disclaimer / Release of Liability: You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This 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 trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.


Where of Long Canyon Rd. and S. Wood Ranch Pkwy. intersect in Simi Valley.
There is a free paved parking lot at the trailhead on the southwest corner.

From CA-23 and I-101:
North CA-23, exit Olsen Rd.
Right (east) on Olsen Rd., which becomes Madera Rd., for 2 miles.
Right (south) on N. Wood Ranch Pkwy., which becomes S. Wood Ranch Pkwy., for 2 miles.
Right at dead end (intersection with Long Canyon Rd.) and immediate left into parking lot.
Trailhead at the opposite corner.

From CA-118 and CA-27:
West CA-118, exit 23 onto 1st St.
Left (south) on 1st St., which becomes Long Canyon Rd., for 5 miles.
Cross at dead end (intersection with S. Wood Ranch Pkwy.) and immediate left into parking lot.
Trailhead at the opposite corner.

Coordinates of trailhead:[masked], [masked]
Address of a nearby house: 597 Shadow Ln., Simi Valley, CA 93065