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We are a long-established hiking club with a Meetup page to announce our hikes. Please go to https://simitrailblazers.com to learn more about us.

This is a volunteer organization of outdoor enthusiasts committed to the care and protection of our natural environment for the enjoyment of all. It is affiliated with the Rancho Simi Recreation and Parks District and was formed in late 1992. Regularly scheduled activities include: 3 weekly evening conditioning hikes in Simi Valley; weekly Saturday morning hikes ranging from the Simi Hills and the Santa Susana Mountains to the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the southern Los Padres National Forest; 4- to 7-day camping-and-hiking trips mostly in national parks in the western United States; occasional easy-to-moderate short backpacking trips; and trail maintenance in Simi Valley and Oak Park on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

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Sage Ranch Loop [adjacent to the Santa Susana Field Lab] HIKE (Simi Valley)

DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Easy-to-moderate 3.5-mile loop with 500’ of elevation gain/loss.
This 625-acre park is located in the Simi Hills just north of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) (aka Rocketdyne/Boeing) at an elevation of 2,000’. It is full of world-class sandstone rock formations and the trail provides great views of Simi Valley and the mountains to the north. NOTE: A relatively short section of the original loop trail was closed in mid-2017 for the cleanup of the former trap and skeet range in that area. To compensate, a new “detour” section of trail has been established; it bisects the ranch and provides views of the heretofore unseen center of Sage Ranch. Our hike will be counterclockwise.

PREPAREDNESS: Bring 2-3 liters/quarts of water (or other suitable liquid) and lunch/snack. Wear appropriate footwear (preferably hiking boots) and be prepared for bright sunlight (sunglasses), heat (layers of clothing), and/or precipitation (rain gear). Hiking pole(s) and a camera might come in handy.

NOTE: At the beginning of each outing you will be required to read and sign a liability release form (a sign-in sheet).

DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD FROM SIMI VALLEY:

In Simi Valley, take Highway 118 to the Kuehner Drive exit.
Take Kuehner Drive 0.9 mile south to Katherine Road.
Turn right (west) on Katherine Road and drive 0.5 mile to an intersection at which Katherine Road makes a 90-degree turn to the left (south).
Drive 0.2 mile south on Katherine Road (crossing the railroad tracks along the way) to a junction with Oak Knolls Road.
Turn right (west) on Oak Knolls Road and drive 0.1 mile to a junction with Black Canyon Road.
Turn left on narrow Black Canyon Road and follow it 1.9 miles as it winds steeply uphill to Sage Ranch Park.
Turn right at the signed entrance to the park (and then immediately left) into the parking lot.
Park your vehicle and wait for the hiking leader(s).

ALTERNATE ROUTE TO THE TRAILHEAD FROM SIMI VALLEY:

Take Highway 118 east to the Topanga Canyon Blvd exit.
Drive 2.5 miles south on Topanga Canyon Blvd to Plummer Street and turn right (west).
Follow Plummer Street 0.9 mile and veer left onto Valley Circle Blvd.
Drive 1.5 miles (staying left at a junction with Box Canyon Road) to the junction with Woolsey Canyon Road and turn right (west).
Drive 2.5 miles uphill to the junction with Black Canyon Road and turn right (north).
Drive 200 yards along Black Canyon Road and turn left into the parking lot at the signed entrance to the park.
Park your vehicle and wait for the hiking leader(s).

DISCLAIMER:

The organizer(s) or leader(s) take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during any Rancho Simi Trail Blazers Club (RSTB) hike/outing. These events can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen.

By participating voluntarily you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.

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