Past Meetup

First Sunset Hike of PDT, 2013: Mt McCoy

This Meetup is past

12 people went

Parking lot on the NE side of the intersection of Royal Ave and Madera Rd

100 Royal Avenue · Simi Valley, CA

How to find us

We meet at the parking lot to the right of Donut Delite and walk from there to the trailhead which affords limited parking.

Location image of event venue


Special Note: We go on Daylight Time 2 days before this hike, which means sunset is scheduled for 7 pm this particular day, which means we can lurk around the top until then, which means we will see, at a minimum, a very pretty sunset or, at a maximum (if there are clouds that decide to lurk with us), an absolutely spectacularly amazing sunset (which I have witnessed at this location before, and am still trying to recover from)!!!!!!!!!!!

So....sign up!!

This is actually a weekly hike sponsored by a hiking club I belong to, the Rancho Simi Trail Blazers ( (RSTB), who have given me permission to cross-post it here since many of our members live nearby. RSTB just created their own Meetup (1/15/2013), which you can see/join by clicking here ( I have been a member of the RSTB for a few years now.

Distance: 3.2 Miles
Elevation Gain: 500'
Time: 6:00 p.m. (approx 1.5 hours in duration)
Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Leashed dogs are allowed.

The Mt McCoy hike occurs every Tuesday evening year round, and while not difficult, still provides a hike that is satisfying to the legs as well as the eyes. This accessible location is on the west side of Simi Valley, a very short drive from the 118.

You may read a very interesting description and history of Mt McCoy by clicking here (, but from the top of McCoy you will have a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of Simi Valley, Moorpark, the Simi Hills, the Santa Susana Mountains, the Santa Monica Mountains, and on a clear day, the Channel Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

As an official event of the RSTB, you will be asked to sign the standard Park District "hold harmless" agreement.

While I will often be found in attendance (as this hike is very close to where I live), it's not my hike. The leader will generally be Mike Kuhn (known to many as a human encyclopedia of local flora, fauna, geology and history) or one of the other sanctioned RSTB hiking leaders.

In the winter months you will need to bring a flashlight.

Here are some pictures I have taken from Mt McCoy, beginning with a shot of the real McCoy:

Mt McCoy is distinguished by the huge concrete cross at the top. (See the history link above to learn about this. It has been there since the early recorded history of this area.)

Looking north to the Santa Susana mountains:

This was a PM Hikers daytime event in 2012:

The next one predates the PM Hikers, when I led weekly Wednesday night hikes here for another meetup group:

The most amazing sunset of my life was on Mt McCoy:

Looking south toward the Santa Monica Mountains: