DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Moderate-to-strenuous 6 miles with 1,600' of elevation gain/loss.
Our hike will begin in Newbury Park from the Via Ricardo trailhead as we follow the Powerline Trail up to the Edison Road which we’ll follow northward to a spur road which will then take us up to a pair of transmission towers on Conejo Mountain. The landscape up to this point is littered with volcanic detritus and there are nice views along the way. Next we’ll follow a “use” trail as it climbs steeply to the west, eventually taking us to the Conejo Mountain “peak” where there are spectacular 360-degree views of both near and distant mountains, the Pacific Ocean and two Channel Islands, and parts of several cities.
NOTE: Hiking poles are strongly recommended.
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 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 at the trailhead (see below) by 8:30 a.m.
In Simi Valley, take Highway 118 west to Highway 23; take Highway 23 south to Highway 101 in Thousand Oaks.
Head west (toward Ventura) on Highway 101; drive 3.5 miles to the Borchard Road/Rancho Conejo Blvd exits.
NOTE: There are two (2) exits; you should take the 2nd exit just AFTER you cross under the bridge over Hwy 101.
Then turn right (southwest) on Borchard Road and drive 3.5 miles to its intersection with Via Ricardo.
Turn right (northwest) on Via Ricardo and drive 0.5 mile to a signed crosswalk painted on Via Ricardo just west of Via Pisa. NOTE: There’s a “Powerline Trail” sign on the right side of the street marking the trailhead.
Park on the right (north) side of Via Ricardo 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
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“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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