This pretty hike begins across the street from our parking area, then up a steep but very short trail to the top of a ridge, where we have a great view of Bard Reservoir (pics below) and we may see locals flying their model airplanes. From here we'll continue northward along the ridge with wonderful views of the Simi Hills and the Santa Susana mountains, descending after about 1 mile. We'll make a mad dash across 1st Street and pick up the trail behind some houses, and there should be enough light yet to enjoy the beautiful oak grove as we pass through it. Then we have a long ascent on a mild grade until we pick up the Long Canyon trail where we have hiked a few other times. By this time it will be dark, and the night time view of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks is spectacular from this vantage point. We'll then complete the loop downhill for about 3/4 mile to the cars.
Make sure you bring a flashlight or headlamp for this hike!
Distance: 4.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 860'
Difficulty: Intermediate, but on the easier side of that. Has a few steep, short climbs
Water Fountain: No
Parking: Free, paved lot
Trail: Mostly single track, good condition, some fire road
Sunset: 6:57 pm and dark by 7:30
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall
Directions: From the 118 take the First Street exit and head South for several miles until you hit a stop SIGN (not a stop light). The parking is just to your left and up. From the 23 get off at Olsen Road and go east a mile (or 2?) until you turn right at Wood Ranch Pkwy. Take Wood Ranch a couple miles until you run the stop sign and crash into the trailhead marker right there at the parking lot.
Our hike difficulty categories:
Beginner: No steep sections. Up to 4 miles in distance and no more than 750' elevation gain.
Intermediate: 4-10 miles, and/or up to 2000' elevation gain.
Advanced: More than 10 miles, and/or more than 2000' elevation gain.
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