Past Meetup

Rabbit Ridge Adventure Hike to Simi Peak and China Flats - PARTY AT LAMPPOST

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***DATE CHANGED TO SUNDAY***This hike, an HWD Original (copied by some, duplicated by none) dating back to early 2009, is a strenuous 8.5 to 9 miles with 1000 ft net elevation gain (2200 total). A combination of utility roads, maintained, unmaintained and disappearing trails will create a dual loop hike. We'll have our post-hike lunch at Lamppost Pizza

We tried this one last January in the rain, but we had to cut it short. Check out the wet ones here:

We will start out surrounded by wild lilacs and through a large hidden meadow. Soon we will be hiking among the fanciful sandstone formations, caves and arches of the Rabbit Ridge Trail.

After a couple of miles we'll ascend to Simi Peak where on a clear day you can see the Simi Valley, Conejo Valley, San Fernando Valley, Oxnard Plains, Pacific Ocean, and a few of the Channel Islands, and take our snack break.

(Other groups have attempted this route to Simi Peak and lost their way)

Then its onward to a loop around China Flats, an open area with clusters of oak trees and a vernal pond. We'll also be hiking with Seamus McFly -- For all you Back to the Future fans, China Flats was the filming area for 1885 Hill Valley.

Highlights include

Oak Park Arch

Artifacts from bygone days

China Flats Pond

Simi Peak - highest point in Simi
Little Tri Peaks
Falcon's Roost
The One Tree
Hikers' Nest

Experienced hikers only. Bring your best lugsoles for this one.

Directions to Trailhead

From Highway 101/Ventura Freeway in Westlake,

-Exit on Lindero Canyon Road.
-Drive 2.8 miles north on Lindero and turn left on Kanan Rd
-After 0.2 miles on Kanan turn right on Falling Star Ave.
-Drive 1.2 mi all the way around to the end of the street and park. Trailhead is in a residential neighborhood so please keep noise level to a minimum.

From 23/Simi/Sunset Hills/TO, etc

- Exit Avenida De Los Arboles and go east to Westlake Blvd. Turn right
- Turn left onto Kanan for 2 miles
- Turn left on Windy Mountain, then left on Grey Feather, then left on Falling Star