Past Meetup

"Grasslands" to Malibu Lake via the MASH Site - Beginner (Plus) Mountain Biking

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Join me for a great ride in Malibu Creek Sate Park which includes some scenic green hills and a visit to the M.A.S.H. site.

I would consider this ride "Beginner Plus" as it has a few short but somewhat steep hills and a technical section through the creek. It's rideable for more advanced riders but most of you will probably hike-a-bike parts of this section.

To get a better idea of what to expect click here to watch a video of parts of the ride.

The Plan:
We will start out at De Anza Park in Calabasas and bike across some rolling hills on a mixture of fire roads and fun single track for about 3.5 miles to the bridge in Malibu Creek State Park. This portion of the ride is nick named “Grasslands” which is a good description of the grassy hills we'll be riding through. It is a relatively easy ride with just a few shorter climbs and few technical challenges which is good for a beginner rider.
The next 1.5 mile section of the ride to the M.A.S.H. site is a little more challenging with a longer fire road climb and a more technical section through the creek. If some of you are not comfortable with this part of the ride you are welcome to turn back and ride back the same way you came. That will make the ride distance just over 7 miles.
The total distance to Malibu Lake (round trip) is about 15 miles, which is long for a beginner but it is an out-and-back ride so you have the option of turning back sooner and go back the same way you came.
Time Required:
I expect about 4 hours or so riding time.
There are two ways to get there, either from PCH, or from the 101 fwy. From PCH, drive up Malibu Canyon Rd by Pepperdine University which turns into Las Virgenes Rd. You'll continue almost to the 101 fwy and turn left on Lost Hill Rd. The De Anza Park parking lot entrance is right there on the left. From the 101, take the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south towards the ocean. Turn right into the parking lot for De Anza Park just before the intersection of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Rd. Click here for Google directions.
There should be plenty of (free) parking in parking lot.
No Shows:
It is inconsiderate to the leader and anyone on the waiting list to RSVP and not show up, therefore I am registering no-shows. For this event you need to change your RSVP to "No" minimum one hour before the start of the event. If you have multiple no-shows on your record you may not be admitted to the event when there are people on the waiting list. If something happens on your way, so you can't make it, please call me.
Mountain biking is an inherently risky sport, especially for those who tend to take chances. You can get hurt. As an event organizer I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your equipment. I am simply a mountain biking "buddy", nothing more. If you choose to participate you assume all risk involved. Also, please adhere to the following:
Always wear a helmet when mountain biking. This is mandatory, no exceptions. Make sure your bike is in good working condition, with the tires properly inflated and the chain lubricated prior to the ride. Protective pads, gloves etc are recommended on more technical rides. Know your limitations, and do not attempt what you are not comfortable with. Hike-a-bike is no shame. Bring at least one spare tube, sunscreen, energy bars/food and enough water. Hydration packs are encouraged. If you have two-way radios, toolkit, pump/co2, or first aid kit, bring them. Be familiar with and follow trail rules and etiquettes.