With the time change rapidly approaching (Nov 4th), I thought we should get some hikes in while we still have some light. What better place to end a Wednesday than a hike up Mt McCoy in Simi Valley.
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. The trail consists of numerous switchbacks for a distance of 1.3 miles up, so it is 2.6 miles round trip with about a 600' elevation gain. As we climb you can see that the trail has an increasing number of volcanic rocks as we approach the top.
Elevation: 600 ft
Duration: 2 Hours
Bathroom at Trailhead: No
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Schedule Sunset: 6:26 PM
What to Bring: Water, Flashlight and Sweater/Jacket if you get cold easy
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 or the group responsible for any ills that may befall you.