This could be your last hike of 2014 and what better spot than Sage Ranch. Please note the start time is earlier than the regular Hump Day hikes.
This is an easy hike with sweeping views of both Simi and the SF Valleys from atop the eastern ridge of the Simi Hills, and is close to MANY of our members. A few pics of Kurt's from this location are down below.
Distance: 3 miles
Elevation Gain: 300'
Difficulty: Beginners, no problem.
Water Fountain: No
Parking: Free and paid, read below to learn more
Sunset: 4:54 pm
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, however unlikely.
Directions: If you live in Simi, it's possible to get here from Box Canyon Road, but more straightforward if you follow the directions below, somewhat modified but otherwise snarfed from another group's description:
From the 118 go on Topanga Canyon south and turn right on Plummer. Continue until road curves to the left and turns into Valley Circle and then Lake Manor Drive. Go until you reach a three way stop at Woolsey Canyon. (Make sure you go past Box Cyn and continue to Woolsey.) Turn right on Woolsey and follow the windy road to the top. Turn right on Black Canyon Rd (N American Cutoff Road) where the water tower is. Parking lot is about 1/8th of a mile on the left by a gate.
From the 101 exit at Valley Circle and go North. Continue until you pass Roscoe Blvd. When you get to the three way stop at Woolsey Canyon turn left and and follow the windy road to the top. Turn right on Black Canyon Rd (N American Cutoff Road) where the water tower is. Parking lot is about 1/8th of a mile on the left by a gate.
Parking: There is a small free parking area by a small grove of trees close to the gate. If that is full, you'll need to drive a SHORT distance up the road where it will cost you a few bucks.
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