We'll wrinkle a hike we've enjoyed in the past by starting at a different point in the loop. The new starting point gives us a running head start to launch us up the familiar Chumash Trail warmed up and ready.
Straddling deep gashes in the hillside, we'll trundle up 2.7 miles to the Rocky Peak Fireroad, gaining an all-encompassing view of Simi Valley on the way up.
With the hardest work out of the way, we'll enjoy a cruise north along the fireroad, past the famed fossil wall, testament of Simi's prehistoric underwater past. Sharp eyes will detect an earthquake fault line, testament of the area's past, present, and future geological instability.
The geology lesson behind us, we'll descend into some man-made history. On our way down Oil Well Road, we'll cavort among derelict oil-pumping equipment until we alight on ranchland. The access road to that ranchland cuts through the bottom of Las Llajas Canyon before rising gently into suburbia. A ribbon of a trail leads to a wide meadow, where our cars will be waiting to take us to a well-deserved lunch.
The total hike is roughly 10 miles, with 1800 feet of elevation gain.
There is ample free parking on the street.
From the 118, exit at Yosemite and turn north (toward the nearest mountains). Take Yosemite to Evening Sky Rd. (note- NOT to Flanigan, which is where most Chumash Trail hikes start) and turn right. Follow Evening Sky until it starts to get steep, and look for the trailhead on your left (the North Ridge Trailhead is on the right).
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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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