What we're about

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.

Upcoming events (5+)

Las Llajas Canyon, Rocky Peak Fire Road, Chumash Trail Loop HIKE (Simi Valley)

DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Moderate-to-strenuous 9.5-mile loop with 1,800’ of elevation gain/loss. Our hike will start at the Las Llajas Canyon trailhead on Evening Sky Drive. We will begin by descending a short paved section of road into the canyon bottom; from there we’ll follow a wide graded dirt road along a streambed north through the canyon, crossing the probably dry streambed three times. The steep canyon walls will provide shade as we enjoy an easy 3.5 mile trek up the canyon. Just before reaching the Poe Ranch gate we’ll follow a dirt road leading up to an abandoned oil field and then on up to a junction with the Rocky Peak Fire Road. After reaching the Rocky Peak Fire Road, we’ll head south toward the upper end of the Chumash Trail. Along the way we’ll pass Fossil Hill (named for the shells of sea creatures left behind when the area was under a vast sea) and will be treated to panoramic views of mountains and canyons to the east, south, and west. Upon reaching the upper end of the Chumash Trail we’ll follow it down to a connector trail to Evening Sky Drive to complete our loop hike. 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: Take Hwy 118 to the Yosemite Drive exit in eastern Simi Valley; exit the highway there. Drive 1.2 miles north (away from the ocean) on Yosemite Drive to its intersection with Evening Sky Drive and turn right (east). Drive 0.5 mile east on Evening Sky Drive and park on either side of the street. Wait for the leader(s) at the Las Llajas Canyon trailhead (on the north side of the street); there’s a kiosk at the trailhead. 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.

Rocky Peak Fire Road Hike

Rocky Peak Park

4 PM (5 PM Daylight Saving Time) at the Rocky Peak Fire Road trailhead. Take the Rocky Peak exit on the 118 Freeway and head north over the freeway. Park at the trailhead or across the bridge on the Santa Susana Pass Road. (Strenuous - 4.8 MRT - 1,200' elevation gain) Please be prompt. We leave the trailhead at 5 PM. Wear good hiking shoes or boots, bring a daypack, two to three quarts of water, and snacks. Please note, since this is a Rancho Simi Trail Blazers (https://simitrailblazers.com) club hike, you do not need to sign up via Meetup, nor do you need to be a member of the Rancho Simi Trail Blazers to attend, however, you will be required to sign the standard Rancho Simi Recreation and Parks District (http://www.rsrpd.org) waiver form at the trailhead. Well behaved leashed dogs are always welcome. (Hikes are canceled if it rains. There are no hikes on holidays.) Leader: Mike Kuhn

The Chumash Trail Hike

Flanagan Dr

6 PM at Chumash trailhead. Directions: Take the 118 Freeway to Yosemite exit. Go north on Yosemite and turn right on Flanagan Dr. The trailhead is at the end of Flanagan Drive. (Moderate to Strenuous - 5.4 MRT - 1,210' total elevation gain) Please be prompt. We leave the trailhead at 6 PM. Wear good hiking shoes or boots, bring a daypack, two to three quarts of water, and snacks. Please note, since this is a Rancho Simi Trail Blazers (https://simitrailblazers.com) (https://simitrailblazers.com) club hike, you do not need to sign up via Meetup and you don't need to be a member of the Rancho Simi Trail Blazers to attend. However, you will be required to sign the standard Rancho Simi Recreation and Parks District (http://www.rsrpd.org) waiver form at the trailhead. Well behaved leashed dogs are always welcome. (Hikes are canceled if it rains. There are no hikes on holidays.)

Johnson Motorway to Rocky Peak (and back) HIKE (Chatsworth)

DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Moderate 9 miles round-trip with 1,600’ of elevation gain/loss Our hike will begin by following an easement through Indian Springs Estates (“the Bel Air of the Valley”) to the lower end of the unpaved Johnson Motorway, an old abandoned dirt and sandstone roadbed. We then follow the motorway as it climbs 3.5 miles to the Rocky Peak Fire Road, passing through a landscape of dramatic rock formations and providing views of the Santa Susana Mountains and Devil Canyon to the north. Upon reaching the fire road we follow it southward for about a mile to a spur trail leading to Rocky Peak, enjoying views of Simi Valley, the San Fernando Valley, and the surrounding mountains. We return the way we came. 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: Take Hwy 118 east to the Rocky Peak exit in Santa Susana Pass. Turn right (south) and then turn left (east) onto Santa Susana Pass Road. Follow Santa Susana Pass Road 1.3 miles as it descends into the San Fernando Valley. Turn left (north) on Iverson Road and drive 0.3 mile to the Hwy 118 overpass. Park alongside Iverson Road on either side (without blocking the road) and wait for the leader(s). DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD FROM THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY: Take Hwy 118 west to the Topanga Canyon Blvd (Hwy 27) exit. Head south on Topanga Canyon Blvd 0.4 mile to the traffic signal (light) at Santa Susana Pass Road. Turn right (west) onto Santa Susana Pass Road and drive 0.9 mile to Iverson Road and turn right (north). Drive 0.3 mile to the Hwy 118 overpass. Park on either side of Iverson Road (without blocking the road) and wait for the 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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Rocky Peak Fire Road Hike

Rocky Peak Park

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