For those of you who cannot make our July 18 hike up Mt McCoy, here is another opportunity. My daughter, Holly, will be visiting me and has agreed to let me post this hike to the group since she and I were planning to do it anyway.
So not only will you get to do a brief, but nice hike with an amazing 360-degree view, but you will also get to meet my even more amazing daughter. You can't get a deal like that even at Costco, so take advantage, people!
Regarding this dog-friendly hike, there has been a very large concrete cross at the summit since 1941, probably 20 feet tall, and is but one in a series of crosses for perhaps the last 200 years. Click this link (http://www.simitrailblazers.com/hikes/mtmccoy.html) for more details on the interesting history of Mt McCoy. The trail consists of numerous switchbacks for a distance of 1.3 miles up, so it is 2.6 miles roundtrip with about a 400' elevation gain. As we climb you can see that the trail has an increasing number of volcanic rocks as we approach the top.
As for Holly, she's a senior at the University of Michigan and will be graduating in the honors program this December before moving here to live with me for several months until she begins graduate school at a university yet to be determined.
So sign up and make Holly feel welcome!
We'll probably stay for the sunset (unbelievable July 18 sunset pictures on this same hike here (http://www.meetup.com/The-PM-Hikers/photos/9777542/)), so bring a flashlight for the trip back down afterwards.
Directions: Get onto Madera Road at the West end of Simi Valley. If coming from the 118, take the Madera Rd South exit, and if coming from US 23, exit at Olsen Road, go to the Right off the exit and Olsen will turn into Madera. From Madera to the stoplights at Royal (There is a shopping area at that intersection), and turn onto west bound Royal going into the residential district. Take an immediate right, then an immediate left and go up the hill to the trailhead on your left. You can park in the street.
Known Dangers: Be wary of rattlesnakes, of course, and be VERY careful at the top because it is littered with rocks and it is easy to stumble up there. By attending this hike, you agree not to hold me responsible for any ills that may befall you. I'm talking about on the hike, of course. If I personally do you ill at some other time, well, then you are free to hold me responsible.
Here are pictures that I did not post for the other Mt McCoy hike. As you can see, the views are terrific!
Looking at Mt McCoy from Royal Ave in Simi.
Looking northward toward the Santa Susana Mountains.
Looking eastward toward the Santa Susana pass and the SF Valley beyond.
A view to the southwest and Simi Peak.