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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+)

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.)

Mt. Lukens via Haines Canyon Trail HIKE (San Gabriel Mountains)

DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Strenuous 11 miles round trip with 3,050’ of elevation gain/loss. As our hike begins, we’ll pass by a debris dam and catch basin (on our right) near the mouth of Haines Canyon. The trail is a dirt road at first but it soon becomes a single-track trail. The canyon and the trail itself offer a variety of vegetation and sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, both near and far. As we gain elevation the single-track trail reverts to a somewhat eroded and overgrown dirt road that we’ll follow all the way to a summit (5,066’) populated with around ten tall communication towers and providing wide-ranging views (including lots of mountains) in several directions. After taking a lunch/rest break “on top of the world,” we’ll return the way we came to our vehicles. 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 CARPOOL LOCATION IN SIMI VALLEY: Stearns Street Park-and-Ride Lot – 2501 Stearns Street Take Hwy 118 to the Stearns Street exit in Simi Valley. If you’re approaching FROM THE WEST, turn left onto Stearns Street [there’s a divider in the street], drive north under Hwy 118, make a U-turn at the first opportunity, drive south under Hwy 118 and turn right into the Park-and-ride lot. If you’re approaching FROM THE EAST, turn left onto Stearns Street [there’s a divider in the street], drive south under Hwy 118 and turn right into the Park-and-ride lot. Park and wait for the hiking leader(s) who will distribute specific driving directions to the trailhead. DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD (from the Stearns Street Park-and-Ride Lot at 2501 Stearns Street in Simi Valley, CA) for anyone who intends to meet us at the trailhead – NOTE: You should be at the trailhead by 8:45 a.m. Take Hwy 118 east and merge onto I-210 heading southeast (toward Pasadena). Drive 22.5 miles (from the Stearns Street Park-and-Ride Lot) to the Sunland Blvd exit (#11) on I-210 Turn left (east) onto Sunland Blvd and drive 3.3 miles east/southeast to the junction with Haines Canyon Avenue. Note 1: Shortly after you pass under I-210 and head east on Sunland Blvd, the name of the street you’re on changes to Foothill Blvd. Note 2: There’s a Chevron Gasoline Station on your left (north) as you reach Haines Canyon Avenue (the gas station is at the corner of Foothill Blvd and Haines Canyon Avenue). Turn left (north) onto Haines Canyon Avenue and drive 0.4 mile to its (western) intersection with Day Street. Turn right (east) onto Day Street and drive one block (375’) east over to its (eastern) intersection with Haines Canyon Avenue. Turn left (north) back onto Haines Canyon Avenue and drive uphill toward the “trailhead” at the upper end of the street. Parking can be a challenge; there are many “No Parking” signs along both sides of Haines Canyon Avenue (mostly placed there by individual home owners and referring only to their specific property). Your best bet is to park part way up the hill on the left (west) side of the street – so you may want to drive up to near the trailhead and then turn around and head back down the street before parking (so you’re headed in the right direction – downhill – if you park on the west side of the street). Park and hike up to the “top” of Haines Canyon Avenue, but stop where you can still see vehicles and later arrivals parked/parking along the street downhill from where you are standing. NOTE: Be sure to display your Adventure Pass/Senior Pass on your vehicle’s dashboard

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

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