Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rocky Peak


 Photos: To view all of the pictures from this hike click here to go to the photo gallery.
Videos: To view the videos from this hike click here to go to YouTube.

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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