Note: Though I remaining optimistic that we'll be hiking on Thanksgiving morning, some weather-guessers are predicting a wet day, so please be aware that RAIN WILL CANCEL this hike! If we do cancel, I'll send out an email to those who have RSVP'd. You can also check for an update Thursday morning before you leave by calling the NBB Hotline at[masked]. Steve
Assuage your guilt over stuffing yourself, or simply ramp up your Thanksgiving appetite by joining Steve's New Basin Blues Running Club and Don T's Valencia Hiking Crew for a jaunt along Rocky Peak Fire Road. The New Basin Blues Running Club has been kind enough to invite VHC and the Weekday Trailblazers to come along on what has become a tradition for their group. For more info on the New Basin Running Club, visit their website: http://www.newbasinblues.org/ (http://www.newbasinblues.org/)
Not a runner? No worries- hikers may hike, runners may run, everyone may have fun and get a good workout before the feast. The route is an out and back along easy to follow fire road. The runners will do a total of 9 miles, and hikers should think in terms of time- 1.5 to 3 hours total. There is some elevation gain on this roller coaster path, so you'll earn your turkey.
Rocky Peak offers magnificent views of the Conejo and San Fernando Valleys, along with massive sandstone formations. The runners will turn around at a marine fossil wall that serves as a reminder of a time eons ago when the entire area was underwater. On a clear day, you can see that water surrounding the Channel Islands in the distance.
Steve expects 25-40 people from his club, plus family and friends, plus the Valencia gang, plus us. It should be a fun way to start the holiday with plenty of good company. New Basin Blues RC will provide cold drinks for afterward, Blazers need only supply their usual water and snacks for during the hike.
-From the SFV, take the 118 Fwy West to Simi Valley.
Exit at Rocky Peak (the first exit past Topanga Cyn).
The trailhead is to the right, just off the freeway.
Either park at the trailhead or go left and park South of the freeway. Trailhead parking is extremely limited, so plan on parking across the freeway overpass, on Santa Susana Pass Rd.
-From Simi Valley and points west, take the 118 East through Simi Valley.
Exit at Rocky Peak (at the top of the long hill).
The trailhead is to the left, across the overpass.
See parking instructions above.