3.5 miles, 800′ gain, Easy Intermediate.
There are several extended inclines and a couple short but steep climbs. Fit beginners can do this hike, but they may be cursing some of the extended and steeper climbs. That’s OK, because we’ll be stopping at various points to regroup and this is not a conditioning hike. It is a social hike.
From the trailhead parking lot, up for 2/3 mile on Long Canyon Trail to a bench.
Turn right, and up 300 feet, then down Sunrise Trail 4/5 of a mile.
Left at the junction for 300 feet.
Left at the split for 200 feet up a relatively steep incline.
Left on Autumn Ridge, which is a fire road.
Continue on this extended incline for about 2000 steps, arriving at the five-points intersection.
Take an “easy” left, not a hard left, for about 500′ back to the bench.
We’ll have a snack share social event (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772) for 30-60 minutes before turning right and heading back down to the trail head parking lot.
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Distance: 3.5 miles
Distribution: Most of the incline is in the first 15 minutes of the hike, followed by an extended incline at the halfway point.
Difficulty (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781): Easy Intermediate.
Shape: Lollipop, counter-clockwise.
Pace: 2.0 mph.
Trail Type: Fire road, single and double track. Areas of sand, gravel, and rock, some of it rugged.
Trail Variations: The beginning is a tough climb.
There is an extended incline of about 2000 steps half way through the hike.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Drinking Fountains: No.
Parking: Free in the paved parking area in front of the trail head.
What to bring:
1 liter of water for every 3 miles.
Snacks and/or beverages to share (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772).
Hiking shoes preferred, but athletic shoes will be OK.
Flashlight or headlamp for hikes that end after sunset.
Sunscreen and/or hat if needed.
Route: The host knows the route.
Navigation: Host memory, enhanced by GPS navigation as needed.
Hike type: Social.
We won’t be hiking at a fast pace because this is a social hike, not a conditioning hike. There is nothing wrong with stopping, even if it means every 50 steps.
A picture of the route is posted as part of this description. Those that wish to return immediately instead of hanging around during the snack and beverage share, can do so easily because we’ll be at the top of the trail that heads directly back down to the parking lot.
The host may designate stopping points to let others catch up. This hike will include an extended stop for a snack and beverage share (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772) at the 3/4 point.
We will stop at junctions to make sure everybody makes any turns or chooses the correct direction at splits, else something will be used to mark the direction, usually a large arrow made of baking soda or some sticks. There may not always be a sweeper designated to be the last hiker.
Each hiker is responsible for knowing their capability, only attending events where they are able to sustain the described pace, for keeping up with the group sufficiently enough to make the turns and not get left behind, and for making sure the host is notified if they are going to split from the group.
Sometimes hikers wish to move significantly ahead and not wait at designated stopping points. Please let the host know. They are on their own regarding route and navigation.
Where Long Canyon Rd. and S. Wood Ranch Pkwy. intersect in Simi Valley. There is a free paved parking lot at the trailhead on the southwest corner.
From CA-23 and I-101:
North CA-23, exit Olsen Rd.
Right (east) on Olsen Rd., which becomes Madera Rd., for 2 miles.
Right (south) on N. Wood Ranch Pkwy., which becomes S. Wood Ranch Pkwy., for 2 miles.
Right at dead end (intersection with Long Canyon Rd.) and immediate left into parking lot.
Trailhead at the opposite corner.
From CA-118 and CA-27:
West CA-118, exit 23 onto 1st St.
Left (south) on 1st St., which becomes Long Canyon Rd., for 5 miles.
Cross at dead end (intersection with S. Wood Ranch Pkwy.) and immediate left into parking lot.
Trailhead at the opposite corner.
Coordinates of trailhead: 34.228330, -118.803130
In the Spring and Summer, arrive early, because sometimes the parking lot gets full. If this happens, we’ll need another 15 minutes to carpool from a nearby parking lot.
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