We will start out surrounded by wild lilacs and a stroll through 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. Then its onward to a loop around China Flats, an open area with clusters of oak trees and a vernal pond. China Flats was the filming area for Back to the Future’s 1885 Hill Valley.
Here are some highlights
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Simi Peak – highest point in Simi
Little Tri Peaks
The One Tree
Bring your best lugsoles for this one. Trekking poles are recommended. If you don’t have any, try these:
This hike, an HWD Original (copied by some, duplicated by none) dates back to early 2008. It 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
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
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.