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. A combination of utility roads, maintained, unmaintained and disappearing trails will create a dual loop hike.
Bring your best lugsoles for this one. Trekking poles are recommended.
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