This is a pre-hike hike timed to finish slightly before our Fireworks hike that starts up at 8:30. This is not an easy hike and it might even be quite hot this day. Do not sign up for it unless you are positive you can keep up. It is imperative that I get back to the trailhead at 8 pm, and I will not wait for people who cannot keep up.
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 continue on approx 1.5 more miles to the top, sit briefly and take in the magnificent view of Simi Valley, and then return by the same route.
The Hummingbird Trail proper is a steady climb, the entire way, but no particularly steep stretches. The last half mile or so up Rocky Peak is quite steep, and you'll get your legs and lungs pumping on this section, if not before. The views at the top are truly wonderful.
The vital stats are:
Distance: 7.5 miles
Elevation: 2000' gain
Difficulty: Strong intermediate
Sunset: 8:10 pm
Dangers: Rattlesnakes are a real possibility on this hike.
No restrooms, no amenities of any kind.
All of these photos were taken on various portions of the route we'll be taking. The first two are on the Hummingbird Trail.
This next bad boy was on the Rocky Peak fire road. My best pictures ever of a rattler. He completely ignored us and was simply crossing the trail.
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