In appropriate PMH fashion we'll hike up in the light and down in the darkness, so it's imperative that you bring a flashlight or headlamp. The Chumash Trail is on the east side of Simi Valley, and is a hike that I do with another group every Thursday evening. But we'll do it slightly different from them because we will stop after only 2.1 miles at 'flat rock', which has the best view. And it should be just about dark by the time we get there, so we'll have a perfectly delicious view of Simi Valley below us as we rest on a large outcropping of rocks before descending. Our recent (and much longer) Labor Day hike stopped at the same location, also in the dark, and members loved it!
This is a beautiful hike, and as a special treat, I'll point out to you the spot where I slipped on some loose stones last year and fractured my ankle. If you get lucky, I might even do it again, so what could be cooler than that? (The night photo below was taken on this very trail on that very night, March 1, when I had the mishap.)
Distance: 4.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1000' (or so)
Difficulty: on the lighter side of intermediate (hard for beginners)
Dogs: Yes, leashed
Water Fountain: No
Parking: Free on the street
Trail: single track, excellent condition
Sunset: 6:47 pm
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall (not kidding about that last one!)
Directions: Take the Yosemite exit from the 118, go north on Yosemite, past the McDonalds. Shortly after the first stop sign you will reach Flanagan on your RIGHT. Follow Flanagan up and around to the left until it reaches the trailhead (pictured below).
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This is the trailhead on Flanagan where we'll start.
This past July from the very place we will be stopping.
March 1st, 2012 from Chumash Trail