On the first Tuesday of every month, we hike Mt. McCoy. We’ll meet in the parking lot at the northeast corner of Madera and Royal, just south of the Donut Delite. We’ll walk from there to the trailhead at 2 Washburn St. where it meets Los Amigos Ave.
This event is cross-posted with the Rancho Simi Trail Blazers (RSTB), who also have a hiking meetup group. The Rancho Simi Trail Blazers hike Mt. McCoy every Tuesday evening year round. While not too difficult, this still provides a hike that is satisfying to the legs as well as the eyes. This accessible location is on the west side of Simi Valley, a very short drive from the 118.
From the top of McCoy you will have a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of Simi Valley, Moorpark, the Simi Hills, the Santa Susana Mountains, the Santa Monica Mountains, and on a clear day, the Channel Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
As an official event of the RSTB, you will be asked to sign the standard Park District “hold harmless” agreement.
The leader of the RSTB will generally be Mike Kuhn, a human encyclopedia of local flora, fauna, geology and history, or one of the other sanctioned RSTB hiking leaders.
We cross Madera and continue through the neighborhood for about 1500′, to the intersection of Washburn St. and Los Amigos Ave. Then we enter a path behind the houses and proceed for 250′ to the entrance. So far, there will have been very little elevation gain.
We’ll enter a series of switchbacks for 1.2 miles to a large cross at the top. This is a steady climb across the face of the hill, always in full view of the neighborhood below. Beginners may find this climb difficult to continue at a fast pace. There is nothing wrong with slowing down while faster hikers move ahead, or resting for a minute several times during this climb.
It may seem easy to get lost because there are many different cross-paths up the face of this hill, but they all lead to the same place. Generally, whenever there is a choice of “left or right”, we take the easier and more worn path. If you happen to find yourself alone and take a wrong turn, all paths lead up.
At the top by the cross, we’ll enjoy the gorgeous views!
I’ve seen this guy before…
Distance: 3 miles (round trip)
Elevation Gain: 700′
Difficulty: Easy – Easy Intermediate
Pace: 2.5 mph
Dogs: Yes if leashed, per State law
Drinking Fountains: No
Trail: Mostly single-track, excellent condition
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes (they are definitely active now), slip-‘n-fall
What to Bring: 1 liter of water
Flashlight or headlamp during winter months
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.
The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per the ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER.
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