DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Moderately strenuous to strenuous 9 miles RT with 1,000’ of elevation gain/loss.
As our hike begins we will pass through the private Matilija Canyon Ranch Wildlife Refuge. After crossing Matilija Creek a dirt road will take us through a lovely private ranch. At about the two-mile mark we’ll follow a narrow trail as it winds through a shady poison oak paradise [long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are recommended]. Our route will follow Matilija Creek the rest of the way and will involve some scrambling and boulder hopping as well as frequent short open stretches of trail and occasional stream crossings. The reward for our effort will be beautiful scenery including the flowing creek, many large pools of water, vast expanses of sedimentary rock layers, an extensive riparian oak woodland, towering canyon walls, occasional wildflowers and, eventually, the Matilija waterfalls.
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. Since there is abundant poison oak growing along our route long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are recommended.
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:
Take Hwy 118 to the Madera Road exit in Simi Valley.
Drive south 1.4 miles on Madera Road to its junction with Royal Avenue [at a traffic light]
Turn left (east) onto Royal Avenue and immediately turn left into the first driveway on your left (north)
Park near Donut Delite and wait for the hiking leader(s) who will distribute specific driving directions to the Matilija Canyon trailhead.
DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD IN MATILIJA CANYON (for anyone who intends to meet us at the trailhead) – NOTE: You should be at the locked gate (see below) by 9:00 a.m.
Drive northwest (toward Ventura) on Hwy 101 to its interchange with Hwy 33.
Head north (toward Ojai) 13 miles on Hwy 33 to its junction with Hwy 150 in Ojai.
Turn left at the junction of Hwy 33 and Hwy 150 in order to remain on Hwy 33 (aka Maricopa Hwy).
Continue north 5 miles on Hwy 33 (aka Maricopa Hwy) to Matilija Canyon Road (5N13) which will be on your left as Hwy 33 curves to the right.
Drive about 5 miles west on Matilija Canyon Road (5N13) until you reach a locked gate that blocks the road.
Park and wait for the hiking leader(s) and the rest of the hikers.
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 and acknowledge, appreciate, and in consideration for being allowed to participate in any way you further agree:
1. The risk of injury from the many of the activities is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular skills, rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and
2. TO KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others and assume full responsibility for your participation; and
3. To willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If, however, you observe any unusual significant hazard during your presence or participation, you will remove yourself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and
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