DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Moderate 8.5 miles RT with 1,800’ of elevation gain/loss.
The hike begins in the lower parking lot near Sunset Blvd. It follows Temescal Creek along the bottom of Temescal Canyon and then enters Topanga State Park, passing a small waterfall as the trail rises to provide a 360-degree view of the city, the coastline, and the surrounding mountains. Completing a loop, the hike descends back into Temescal Canyon via the Temescal Ridge Trail. The hike then follows the fairly new Rivas Canyon Trail as it ascends eastward from the conference grounds, climbing a ridge and then zigzagging downward into shady Rivas Canyon, and finally entering Will Rogers State Historic Park near the old Ranch House. We’ll then return via Rivas Canyon to lovely Temescal Gateway Park.
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:
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 IN TEMESCAL GATEWAY PARK IN PACIFIC PALISADES (for anyone who intends to meet us at the trailhead) – NOTE: You should be in the lower parking lot in Temescal Gateway Park (see below) by 8:45 a.m.
From Simi Valley take Hwy 118 east to its junction with I-405.
Drive south (toward Santa Monica) 13.3 miles on I-405 to the Sunset Blvd exit.
Take the Sunset Blvd exit toward Sunset Blvd and turn left (south) on N. Church Lane.
Then turn right (west) on Sunset Blvd.
Drive west 5.9 miles on Sunset Blvd [passing by the entrance to Will Rogers SHP] to Temescal Canyon Road (there’s a traffic light at this intersection).
Turn right (north) on Temescal Canyon Road and drive a short distance to the entrance to the lower parking lot.
Turn left into the lower parking lot in Temescal Gateway Park.
Park, pay the $7.00 parking fee at the “iron ranger,” and wait for the hiking leader(s).
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
4. You, for yourself and on behalf of your heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS Rancho Simi Trail Blazers, its organizers, officers, officials, agents, and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and leasers of premises used to conduct the event ("RELEASEES”), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PERSON OR PROPERTY, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Activity participant agrees that this release will apply to all known and unknown as well as unanticipated claims, injures and damages resulting from group activities, as well as those now disclosed and all rights under section 1542 of the Civil Code of California and hereby are expressly waived. Section 1542 of the Civil Code of California reads as follows:
“A general release does not extend to claims which the (participant) does not know or suspect to exist in his (or her) favor, at the time of execution of the release, which if known by him (or her) must have materially affected his (or her) (participation and agreeing to) the release.”
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