The Hummingbird Trail is quite beautiful (pictures below) and we will take it for 2.2 miles up to where it joins Rocky Peak fire road. From there, we'll hang out near the bench BRIEFLY where people can sit and then return by the same route. On the return, I suggest that we stop and hang out for a longer time on the absolutely HUGE, smooth, sloping area a mile from the cars where we stopped to watch the Simi fireworks this past July. The night views of the city are truly beautiful from here (see the last picture below of our group), and there is actually room there for hundreds of people (so sign up!)
Be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight, as it will be dark by 7:40 pm. Also, bring a jacket if you get cold in the night air. (You will need it when we stop, not when we are moving.)
The Hummingbird Trail is a steady climb the entire way with no particularly steep stretches, but you will get your legs and lungs pumping nonetheless.
The vital stats are:
Distance: 4.4 miles
Elevation: 900' gain
Sunset: 6:30 pm
Dangers: Rattlesnakes (they are out now for the season), slip-'n-fall (more likely, but hopefully not).
No restrooms, no amenities of any kind.
Directions: Take the 118 to Simi Valley and exit at Kuehner Drive. Go a hundred yards north of the freeway and you'll see the free graveled parking area on your right. Stop anywhere and look for demented hikers. That will be us.
Special Note on Parking: I have been told that there is no longer parking by the trailhead. If that's the case, just go back under the 118, and there is a strip mall with stores on your right. Park there and walk back up to the trail head.
All of these photos were taken on various portions of the route we'll be taking.
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