Connecting Woodridge in Thousand Oaks and Woodranch in Simi Valley is a 10 mile loop over hills, along ridges, atop rock faces, across meadows, through ancient seabeds, and down into canyons- something for even the most finicky hiker.
Our trek begins in familiar territory to our Gentler hikers, outside the guardhouse at Woodridge Estates and up the tumbling hill hovering above Bard Reservoir. The Sunset Trail rises, and so will we, past famous Sentinel Oak to the Rockuzzis and Slide Rock- one feature for dipping, one for slipping.
Pressing on, we'll gain a view broad enough to contain the Reagan Library, the Mt. McCoy cross, and Whiteface Mountain- all Simi Valley landmarks. What goes up must come down, and we'll take a long stroll down into peaceful Oak Canyon, with a return ascent through West Montgomery Canyon. One more bit of work rewards us with another overlook before we slide across the Autumn Ridge Trail and down to our cars. All those ups and downs add up to 2200' of elevation gain.
Gentler option: like the banks, you can bail out with 5.5 miles (total) and 1200' of elevation gain.
From the 23: Exit at Sunset Hills Blvd and drive east (left if you came from Simi Valley, right if you came from the 101) for approximately one mile to the dirt parking lot on the right side of the street, just before the guard gate to the subdivision.
The address listed is within the subdivision- the guard at the gate will zap you with a stun gun if you don't stop at the dirt lot on the right before you reach him.
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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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