Past Meetup

Point Mugu State Park: Hidden Pond Trail Lollipop Loop HIKE (Newbury Park)

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Donut Delite

1464 Madera Road · Simi Valley, CA

How to find us

We'll be parked between the Donut Delite Store and Royal Avenue

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DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Strenuous 12 miles with 2,300' of elevation gain/loss.

Our hike in the Point Mugu State Park section of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) will begin at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center at Rancho Sierra Vista [Newbury Park]. We'll drop into Big Sycamore Canyon and take the Hidden Pond Trail up/down to its intersection with the Ranch Center Fire Road after which we'll follow the Coyote Trail southward up/down to the Two Foxes Trail which will lead us to Big Sycamore Canyon Road which we'll follow up to Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa and then return to the parking lot.

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).


Take Hwy 118 to the Madera Road exit in Simi Valley.

Head south 1.4 miles on Madera Road to its intersection with Royal Avenue (there’s a traffic light at the intersection).

Turn left (east) onto Royal Avenue and then immediately turn left into the first driveway (which leads into a strip mall) and park near the Donut Delite store.

Wait for the hiking leader(s).

DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD FROM SIMI VALLEY (for anyone who intends to meet us at the trailhead) – NOTE: You should be in the parking area (see below) by 8:45 a.m.

Head west (toward Moorpark) on Highway 118 and continue on the same road as its name changes to Highway 23 when it curves to the south (toward Thousand Oaks).

Upon reaching the junction of Highway 23 and Highway 101, head “north” on Highway 101.

Drive 4.7 miles “north” (toward Ventura) on Highway 101 to the Wendy Drive exit.

Turn left (south) onto Wendy Drive and drive 2.25 miles to Lynn Road [if you get to Potrero Road, you went too far].

Turn right (west) onto Lynn Road and drive 1.0 mile to the entrance to the Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa park entrance; it’s on the left (south) side of the road [opposite Via Goleta].

Drive 0.75 mile to the parking lot at the south end of the road.

Park and wait for the hiking leader(s). NOTE: There is no parking fee; there is overflow parking.


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.”

By participating in any group event or activity, you hereby, for yourself, your heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, your executors and administrators, waive any and all rights and claims for damages you may have against any and all entities and individuals associated with the group, their representatives, successors and assigns and will hold them harmless and free of all liability or claim of negligence related to any and all injuries, disability, illness, death, loss or damage to person or property, suffered in connection with any and all activities organized by the group.