This is new hike for the morning crew, familiar to the Gentlers, but with something extra for the Regulars.
The hike is an 8 mile out and back with 1800' of elevation gain from Lang Ranch parkway to Simi Peak. Our route is principally on the Albertson Fire Road, which goes from the trailhead eastward all the way to Upper Las Virgenes Canyon, and is a favorite route for hikers and mountain bikers alike. We'll turn off this hilly fire road after about three miles and head south for about one mile, on a single track trail, across China Flats and then up to the commanding views of 2400-foot Simi Peak.
The Albertson Fire Road is an especially scenic route in both directions, rising up above the Simi and Conejo Valleys and offering westward views of the Pacific and offshore islands. China Flats was the site of Back to the Future 3's wild west scenes. At Simi Peak, we will enjoy breath-taking views of the Simi Valley, Conejo Valley, San Fernando Valley, Oxnard Plains, Pacific Ocean, and the Channel Islands.
The Gentlers have done the first part of this hike many times, and the Gentler option is to stop at the usual wide platform atop Albertson Motorway before heading back the way they came. The Gentler option is approximately 5 miles, with 1000' of elevation gain.
This hike is exposed almost the entire way, and the sun has a way of sneaking up on you even on a temperate day. Bring plenty of water and portable shade.
Free on-street parking is available at the trailhead.
From the East, West & South – take the 101 toward Thousand Oaks. Exit at Westlake Boulevard and turn north (away from the ocean). Drive 4.1 miles and turn right on the Lang Ranch Parkway. Continue 0.8 miles and park where the Lang Ranch Parkway makes a sharp left.
From the North – take the 23 south toward Thousand Oaks. Exit at the Avenida De Los Arboles exit and turn left (east) on Avenida De Los Arboles. Drive 1.5 miles and turn right on Westlake Boulevard. Drive 0.2 miles and turn left on the Lang Ranch Parkway. Continue 0.8 miles and park where the Lang Ranch Parkway makes a sharp left.
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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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Anyone under 18 yrs of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.