Time for the next meet-up of the Weekday Trailblazers Afternoon Hiking Group!
Our afternoon hikes are intended for people hiking, or wishing to hike, at an intermediate level or above, and seeking time outdoors with fun people sharing similar interests and fitness goals.
The afternoon format emphasizes easy-to-access and scenic 5-8 mile conditioning routes with moderate elevation gains, a total hiking time of 2-3 hours at a moderate to fast pace, periodic rest and sightseeing stops, and optional technique discussions and training exercises (based on individual and group interest).
We schedule our afternoon meet-ups as late as the season allows to ensure a return before dark, while encouraging people with a variety of work and home schedules to get a great conditioning hike in during the week and tune-up for weekend adventures.
Here is info on our scheduled hike…hope to see you there!
PM Blaze: Quick Way To Simi Peak
Hike Type: Conditioning
Level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate
Route Type: Up & back
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation gain: 1100 feet
Terrain: Trail, footpath & fire road
This hike will take us 5 miles roundtrip on a surprisingly athletic but scenic trip from the suburbs of Oak Park to the top of Simi Peak, which overlooks both the Simi and Conejo Valleys and offers splendid late afternoon views of the Santa Monica range and offshore islands to the south and west.
Our route begins at the Simi foothills and Oakbrook Regional Park, where we begin our initial and principal ascent, through a series of switchbacks covering about 1.5 miles and just under 1000 feet of gain, until we reach China Flats. Our remaining route is reasonably flat, except for the last quarter mile, as we ascend about 200 feet to reach Simi Peak and its worthwhile views. The terrain is a mix of single and double-file trail and open fire road.
The initial section of our hike is wooded and shaded, but the route gives way to open hillside and then chaparral. Since we begin in a sheltered forest and reach exposed areas above the Conejo Valley, weather can range from calm and humid to quite warm-to-hot and windy conditions. We will stop at Simi Peak to grab a snack and enjoy the great late afternoon view there.
Please wear – brush-resistant pants, one or more wicking shirts appropriate to the temperature, comfortable hiking shoes or light boots, your favorite undergarments and accessories, and a light backpack.
Please bring – at least two liters of water, snacks, an extra layer of clothing, a charged cell phone, identification, a headlamp, a small first-aid kit, bug repellant and sunscreen, a waterproof shell if rain is forecast, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail.
Parking is free at the trailhead on the north side of Lindero Canyon Road (note that parking is prohibited on the south side).
Please do not leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead.
From the north/south/east/west – Take the 101 to the Lindero Canyon Road exit and turn north toward the Simi Hills. Drive just under 4 miles to Wembly Avenue and park on the north side of Lindero in the permitted parking area.
DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY
IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:
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.
Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.
If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.
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