This is a fast-paced conditioning hike for intermediate-level hikers and above.
The PM Blazers are a fun but experienced and very fit hiking group...please carefully read the write-up below before signing up!
Please also note that the guest feature is not activated for this meetup. On all my hikes, I expect everyone coming to have signed up themselves, read the write-up, and arrive informed and prepared.
Hope to see you on the trails,
Time for the next meet-up of the fit and fabulous PM Blazers!
Our afternoon PM Blazes are conditioning hikes intended for people hiking at an intermediate level or above and seeking time outdoors with fun and friendly people sharing similar interests and fitness goals.
Our hike format emphasizes easy-to-access and scenic 5-8 mile conditioning routes with intermediate-level 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 conditioning exercises (based on individual and group interest).
We schedule our PM Blazes as late in the day as the season allows, minimizing hiking in the dark while encouraging people with a variety of work and home schedules to get great conditioning hikes in during the week and tune-up for weekend adventures.
Here is info on our scheduled hike…hope to see you there!
Simi Peak via China Flats
Hike Type: Conditioning
Level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate
Route Type: Up & back
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation gain: 1250 feet
Terrain: Trail, footpath & fire road
Dogs allowed: Yes
This hike will take us 6 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 on fairly flat paths, as we make our way for about a half-mile through a riparian park wending past the homes of tony Oak Park. We then reach 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 Oak Park Community Center.
Please do not leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead.
From the north/west – Take the 101 to the Lindero Canyon Road exit and turn north toward the Simi Hills. Drive about 2 miles and turn right on Kanan. The Community Center will be less than 1 mile on your left, a short distance after Churchwood.
From the south/east – Take the 101 to the Kanan Road exit and turn north toward the Simi Hills. Drive a little less than four miles and the Community Center will be on your right, just after Hollytree.
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.
All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
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