It's been a long time since we've done the regular Rocky Peak fire road hike, so let's do it this Wednesday.
This is one of Kurt's favorite hikes in Simi Valley because of the beautiful sandstone rock formations, fabulous views of both Simi and the SV Valleys, and great sunsets. (Several cool pics down below.)
If you have not hiked here before the first mile or so is VERY steep as is the last half mile, which is why I do not recommend this hike for beginners. The middle mile is up and down, but not hard.
It will take us about one hour to reach the top, giving us time to recover from the final ascent . Make sure you bring plenty of water and a flashlight/headlamp.
It is not unusual to see rattlers (picture below) on this hike, but I would not discourage you from attending because (1) it's unlikely we will see any, and (2) it's on a wide fire road most of the way and there is ample visibility to easily avoid these rather non-agressive animals.
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1200'
Difficulty: Intermediate, very steep at beginning and end
Dogs: Yes, if leashed (per State law)
Water Fountain: No
Trail: Fire Road
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes (cool pic below), slip-'n-fall on loose stones left by bonehead movie producers on lower sections.
Directions and Parking: Get off the 118 at the Rocky Peak Road exit. There is ample free parking on both the N (few spaces) and S (many spaces) sides of this short road that goes directly over the 118, but watch carefully for signs indicating where you may and may not park! If you are careless, you'll get a ticket.
Disclaimer / Release of Liability: You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgement and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.
Trailhead where we will meet.
Search my YouTube channel "kurtgodden" and you will find a cool video of how I and others rescued a pooch in distress on this hike.
Kurt's best pic of 4'+ Southern Pacific rattlesnake. This guy completely ignored us as he lazily crossed the fire road.
Looking toward the SF Valley about half-way to the top.
Kurt took this photo on Rocky Peak.