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Wildlife Tunnel Loop – Intermediate. Easier Option: Fit Beginner

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Wildlife Tunnel Loop – Intermediate. Easier Option: Fit Beginner

Intermediate – 3 miles, 1000′ gain
Easier Option – Fit Beginner, 1.4 miles, 525′ gain.

This hike is relatively short, but the middle portion is a rugged and continuous incline for 1 mile with about 700′ of gain. Even though we’ll be taking this trail at the pace of a social hike, beginners may find the intermediate option to be too hard.

We’ll start this hike by parking on the south side of the CA-118 at the Rocky Peak exit. We’ll walk west along the Santa Susana Pass Rd. for about 500 feet, and directly across from Lilac Ln, we’ll enter a trail. We’ll move along a relatively flat section from 1/2 mile, then turn right and make a gradual climb until we reach the wildlife tunnel.

This is a tunnel underneath the CA-118 freeway, built so that animals can cross. We’ll regroup here, then continue up a strenuous and rugged climb for 1 mile until we reach the Rocky Peak Fire Rd. We’ll regroup again, then turn left for 500′ until we reach the Hummingbird Trail.

We’ll find a couple large rocks and a bench there. We’ll have a social event lasting 30 – 60 minutes, then head down the Rocky Peak Fire Road until it ends at the CA-118 freeway. We’ll then cross the freeway back to our cars.

Easier Option: Hike up Rocky Peak 0.7 miles to the Hummingbird bench. This is about 1/3 up Rocky Peak.

Interesting Notes:
Here are a couple plants you are sure to see on this hike:

California Sagebrush
Aromatic when crushed. AKA, common sage, coastal sage. Sunflower family. Cowboys used to ride through it and brush up against the pine-shaped leaves, coming home with the smell on their clothes and giving rise to the nickname “Cowboy Cologne.” Not a true sage. Can be used as a cooking spice and can be made into a tea. Tear off some needles by running your hand up the stalk and smell the aroma.

Purple Sage
Grey-green leaves. Aromatic when crushed. Purple flowers. Aka, Tobacco Sage, with mild hallucinogenic properties when smoked. Can be used as a spice or made into a tea. Tea has medicinal affects: Antiviral, gargle for sore throats, reduce hay fever symptoms and other drying actions. In the last summer, fall, and winter months, the flowers will have turned brown and the leaves take on a greyer color.

Rocky Peak Exit, South Side of CA-118
Simi Valley, CA 93065
34.268396, -118.636139

From the 118
Exit 32 Rocky Peak Rd.
Park on south of the freeway along Santa Susanna Pass Rd.

From the 101 @ CA-23
North CA-23 for 8.4 miles.
East I-118 for 14 miles.
Exit 32 Rocky Peak Rd.
Park on south of the freeway along Santa Susanna Pass Rd.

The Hike
Distance: 3 miles, 3.5 hours
Elevation Gain: 1000′
Difficulty: Intermediate.
Pace: 2.0 mph
Dogs: Yes
Restrooms: No
Drinking Fountains: No
Parking: Free, south side of CA-118
Trail: Single Track, Double Track, and rugged water path.
Purpose: Social

What to Bring:
1-2 liters of water.
Snacks and/or beverages to share
Hiking shoes preferred, but athletic shoes will be OK.
Flashlight or headlamp.

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June 29 2023


Date: June 29, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Rocky Peak Trailhead

Rocky Peak Rd
Simi Valley,CA93063US

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