Thursday, February 9, 2012

West Mandeville Fire Road (Westridge Fire Road)

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Date:
February  8, 2012

Nearby City:
Encino, CA

Driving Directions:
Start: Mulholland Fire Road (Nike Missile Site parking lot)-  From the 405 freeway take the exit for Skirball Center Dr.  toward Mulholland Dr. Turn left onto Skirball Center Dr. then a left onto Mulholland Dr. Turn left to stay on Mulholland Dr. Follow this road through neighborhoods till the road ends. Park off to the side.

Start: Mandeville Canyon Park- From the 405 freeway Exit toward Sunset Blvd. Turn left onto North Church Lane. and then make the first right onto Sunset Blvd. Turn right onto Mandeville Canyon Rd. and make the first left onto Westridge Rd. Park at the end of the road.


Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty:
East- moderate


Why?
The fire road is relatively flat  with slight inclines along the trail.



Seasons:
Year around- summers can get hot and there is no shade along the fire road.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
None

Cell Service:
(If you have done this trail and would like to add your cell service information please comment below)
T-Mobile - Full bars at the parking lot and got service for most of the trails.

Trails:
Mulholland Fire Road- 6 miles round trip
West Mandeville Fire Road- 6 miles round trip

Trail Condition:
The trail is in great condition and very easy to follow.

Trails Directions:
Trail directions are not needed as this trail is a fire road and extremely easy to follow. This trail can also be made shorter or longer depending on the hikers preference.

Other Activities:
Hiking
dogs allowed on leash
Mountain Bikes
Walking


Links:
Facebook (photos)
YouTube (Videos)
Etsy (Store)
Weather.com
Maps

Jessie's Thoughts:
This is a great trail for morning walks with the dog, mountain biking or an easy trail do do with the family. There are tons of trails in Topanga Canyon that can be linked to make trails longer.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Chumash Trail - La Llajas Trail Loop


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Date:
January 30, 2012

Nearby City:
Simi Valley, CA

Driving Directions:
From Highway 118/Simi Valley Freeway Exit on Yosemite Avenue. and make a left at the light. Make a Right onto Flanagan Drive and continue to the trailhead at the end of the road. The red curbs are not well painted so look out for that.
 
Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty:
Moderate- strenuous 

Why?
There is an incline for the first half of the trail, some steeper than others. The last half is mostly all down hill untill the last mile.


Elevation:
Total Gain- 1800'
 
Seasons:
Year around- summers can get hot

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
None

Cell Service:
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Service at the trailhead but spotty service along the trail.


Trails:
Chumash Trail - La Llajas Trail Loop- 9.5 miles round trip

Trail Condition:
Great condition, the trail was very easy to follow the whole time. The only thing I would have liked were trail signs since you have to take so many trails to make a loop its nice to know you are on the right one.

Trails Directions:
Starting at the parking lot following the trail away from the neighborhood to the first junction, take the trail to the right. The trail has a steady incline for a while, in a few miles the trail meets with the Rocky Peak Trail, go left. After a few more miles theres another junction; both ways seem to meet but I recommend the trail to the left that climbs up a short distance then flattens with a large pile of rocks at the top. Take the trail as it heads down into the canyon. Follow the trail as it winds deeper into the canyon with a stream to the left and shade for miles. After a few miles the trail ends at a steep paved hill and then the trail ends at the trailhead for La Llajas Trail. Cross the street to the signed trail leading up, follow this as it winds up and above homes till the trail makes a sharp U-Turn or continues straight ending at a gated street end. Go through the opening in the gate and walk along the side walk till it ends on the street you parked, go left and soon you will be back at your car.

Other Activities:
Mountain Bikes
Walking
Hiking
Dogs allowed on leash

Links:
Facebook (photos)
YouTube (videos)
Etsy (store)
Weather.com
Map

Jessie's Thoughts:
I enjoyed this trail a great deal and I can't wait to do it a few more times. If you are looking to get in shape or train for something like I am this is a fantastic trail for you! Everyone we passed along the trail said hi and was very nice and helpful with directions.

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Rocky Peak


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Date:
January 23, 2012

Nearby City:
Simi Valley, CA

Driving Directions: 
Take the 118 Freeway Exit Rocky Peak. Traveling eastbound, take Kuehner Drive south to Santa Susana Pass Road, which takes you to the Rocky Peak overpass. Parking is limited at the trailhead (do not block the fire gate), but overflow parking is available across the freeway bridge in the dirt)


Hours:
Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty:
Moderate- Strenuous

Why?
The trail has an incline most of the way, there are a few steep hills to climb.

Elevation:
Rocky Peak- 1,200'
 
Seasons:
Year around- summers can get very hot


Parking/ Entrance Fee:
Free

Cell Service:
(If you have done this trail and would like to add your cell service information please comment below)
T- Mobile- Service at the trailhead but spotty service along the trail

Trails:
Rockey Peak Trail- 6 miles round trip
The Chumash Trail- 5 miles round trip
Hummingbird Trail- 7.5 miles round trip

Trail Condition:
The trail is well maintained untill the final stretch out to the peak the traill is very hard to spot, windy, and theres a steep scramble up to the top.

Trails Directions:
Starting at the Rocky Peak Parking lot head past the gate up the hill soon you will reach a junction, stay to the left and continue along the fire road. Eventually you will reach the Hummingbird junction with a large post and a bench to rest. Follow the fire road as it winds and climbs for a few more miles until you reach an old Oak Tree ( the only one out there) take a rest in the shade then continue on your way. Soon the fire road will climb steeply up for a long time until the fire road finally flattens and turns into a trail with a second smaller trail leading off to the right; follow this trail. The trail will soon hit a pile of rocks where you will have to try to follow the trail and navigate around them at the same time. This is I THINK the saddle with a small trail leading down to the bottom of the large hill you just climbed up a short while ago. From here follow the hard to spot trail up to the next peak. Once you have taken in the views and resting a bit head back down the way you came.


Other Activities:
Mountain Bikes
Dogs allowed on leash


Links:
Facebook (Photos)
YouTube (Videos)
Etsy (Store)
Weather.com 
Map

Jessie's Thoughts:
This is a great short trail, for families with children. There are tons of rocks and caves to climb on. My boyfriend and I are training for the Appalachian Trail and the final hill is a great training hill to get in shape. 

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