Our hike will be a reverse lollipop, with the loop at the beginning, over a 1.5 mile section of newer trail, then an out and back portion of about 2 miles each way.
After the initial climb up that newer portion, we'll continue to the Bard Reservoir Overlook, then on the old trail, around one side of the reservoir to hike around one of the neighborhoods in Sunset hills. On a previous hike, we learned that a Blazer used to swim in the reservoir in his youth. Luckily for those of us who drink this water, that was a long time ago.
The entire hike will be about 5.5 miles, with an elevation gain of about 1200 feet. While the distance is not extreme, the elevation gain will tax newer hikers. There is one fairly steep hill in the middle, but you can take it at your own pace.
This is a gentler hike. We will go at a more moderate pace than a regular Trailblazer hike, and we'll take more breaks. The purpose is to give novice and intermediate hikers who may feel they're not up to a regular hike a chance to get out and experience our beautiful trails. Faster hikers are welcome to come along, with the understanding that the hike is geared toward those who want to go at an easier pace.
From the 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks, turn north on the 23 towards Simi Valley. After 4.1 miles, take the Sunset Hills exit and turn right. Turn left onto Erbes Rd, the first cross street, then drive 0.7 miles and turn into the parking area on the right. If you pass under the 23 freeway, you've gone too far.
From the Valley, take the 118 to the 23 south and exit at Olsen Rd. Turn right on Olsen, then left onto Erbes Rd. The parking lot is on the left, just beyond the 23 underpass.
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The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.
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All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.