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Chivo Canyon - Las Llajas Canyon Loop

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Learn why this is one of the best two Simi hikes! We will be hiking on eroded ranch roads and little-used goat and cow trails through oak woodlands and along a creek. Along the way we will come across grazing cattle, marine fossils and the old Coquina Mine. At the abandoned limestone mining operation, atop a peak, you can sit in the operator’s seat of a large steam shovel. On a clear day you can see the ocean from atop the ridgeline.

While you are there, don't forget to get a picture of yourself on the steam shovel. You can make engine noises and everything:

This is a P&H Model 206 steam shovel from 1920s. There is lots more mining equipment strewn about.

Fiddleneck and Lupine abound!

Follow that cow!

We'll be doing a little creeking too

Watch for fossils along the way

Here we are heading down one of the cow trails

Hike is about 9.2 miles with 1000 ft net elevation gain.

Post-hike lunch will be at:

The Junkyard Cafe
2585 Cochran St
Park in rear

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Directions to trailhead: Take the 118 and exit Yosemite Ave. Head north on Yosemite for 1.3 mile to where the road splits and hang a right on Evening Sky Dr. Go 0.5 mile to the Las Llajas trailhead on the left