Las Llajas – Suitable for beginners and a whole lot more…
This hike is a great trail for beginners because all the elevation gain is evenly distributed. It is a walk down a rolling fire road through a really cool canyon (it truly feels like a world away) and you will find no difficult or extended elevation climbs.
It is an “out-and-back” hike, where we return the way we came, so there is virtually no chance of getting lost. You may be amazed that such a place exists right here in our own backyard.
From the trail head, we’ll walk down an asphalt path for about a 1/4 mile, which then turns into a gravel/ dirt fire road. After that, there will be no more turns. We’ll continue on the fire-road for about 1 mile.
Then we’ll take a slight detour to the left to see the bee sanctuary, which continues in a half circle back to the fire road. We’ll continue for another 2+ miles then take a brief rest before heading back the way we came.
There is a lot of wild life along this trail because it is the only area with water for quite a distance.
Above is a photo of the trailhead.
Las Llajas Canyon Trail, 5715 Evening Sky Dr
Simi Valley, CA 93063
From the west: 23-N to 118-E, Exit 29 Yosemite.
From the east: 118-W, Exit 29 Yosemite.
Head north on Yosemite for 1.25 miles. Turn right (east) on Evening Sky Drive and proceed for 0.5 miles. See the trail head on the left. Park along the street.
Distance: 6 miles
Distribution: Well distributed.
Difficulty: Beginner – but I encourage everyone to join us for this nice hike (so much better than being a couch potato)!
Shape: Out and Back.
Trail Type: Fire road.
Duration: 2 hours
Dogs: Yes. Leashed, as required by law.
Restrooms: No, but there are plenty of trees and bushes!
Drinking Fountains: No – So bring plenty of water.
Parking: Free along street. Please note any “No Parking” signs!
Map of route below – Out and back.
What to bring: Water, 1 -2 liters, plus some energy food (Figs, dates, raisins, trail mix, beef jerky, pork rinds…you know, healthy stuff!
Hiking shoes preferred, but athletic shoes will be okay on this one. Please bring a
flashlight or headlamp as we will be finishing in the dark!
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-‘n-fall.
Disclaimer / Release of Liability:
You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you’re taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This 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. All participants must be 18 years of age or older. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.
Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.
Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.
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