CONEJO GROUP - LOS PADRES CHAPTER - SIERRA CLUB
THOUSAND OAKS - MOORPARK - SIMI VALLEY - SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS, CALIFORNIA

NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 31, 2014 OUTINGS


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Matilija North Fork
Photo Courtesy of  Hugh Warren
November 12, 2014

Matilija North Fork Hikers 11-12-2014

Hiker's Navigating Lush Vegetation
Barbara, Walt, Stephanie & Liz


Matilija North Fork Hikers Relaxing 11-12-2014

Hikers Relaxing
Photo Courtesy of Barbara Welch


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OUTINGS

Weather Forecast: National Weather Service Forecast for Thousand Oaks

PLANNING CALENDAR

November
Sun MonTueWedThu FriSat
  24   28 29
December
Sun MonTueWedThu FriSat
1 3 5 6
  8   10HP2   12  
  15   17   19  
  22       27  
  29          
January
Sun MonTueWedThu FriSat
      1   3
      7 9 10
      14 16 17
      21 23  
      28 30  
Legend
Newsletter Active Listing Monday Leaderless Outings
Future ListBackpack CarCampMultiday
P - Provisional / C - Change TM - Trail Maintenance
GX - Group EXCOM MeetingND - Nominations Deadline
PD - Petitions Deadline SP,FP or HP - Holiday Party
HL - LEADER TRAINING C - Cancelled/M <- Moved
M - Cameron Center Meeting R - Moved & Replaced

 Note Time change TO 8:30 A.M.
MONDAY Leaderless hikes in the local area:
November 24, December 8, 15, 22 and 29. Most hikes are moderate and are approximately 5-7 miles with elev. gains of 400-1800 feet. Exceptions can occur depending on group consensus. Meet at 8:30 A.M. in the parking lot near Freddy's just before the Shell Station in Thousand Oaks on Hampshire Road. Note: Not a Sierra Club hike.

November 2014

Friday - 28
UPPER NEWTON CANYON - CASTRO PEAK:
Moderate 8 mrt hike.  Get out of that warm bed and get hiking!  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet in parking lot near Freddy's just before the Shell Station on Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks at 8:30 A.M. for carpooling.  LILLIAN TREVISAN (805) 498-1623

Saturday - 29
SYCAMORE CANYON - POINT MUGU STATE PARK:
Easy to moderate 4.5 mrt hike with 800' elev. gain.  Bring water, food and lug-soled shoes.  Meet at Rancho Sierra Vista Satwiwa parking lot in Newbury Park at 8:30 A.M.  From the 101 Fwy., take Lynn Road south towards ocean; turn left on Via Goleta before Dos Vientos and drive to the end parking lot.  MELANIE ASHEN (805) 497-6773 WALT ZABRISKIE (805) 497-1775

December 2014

Wednesday - 3
ROSEWOOD TRAIL:
Moderate 6-7 mrt loop with 800' elev. gain.  It is a well maintained trail with lots of foliage.  At the top, the picnic table at Angel Vista offers great views of the Conejo and Hidden Valleys and the Oxnard Plain.  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet at 8:30 A.M. at the trailhead.  From the 101 Fwy. take Ventu Park Road south, turn right on Lynn Road and left on Regal Oak.  The trailhead is on the left near the end of Regal Oak.  Rain cancels.  EUGENE BABCOCK (805) 499-3487

Friday - 5
SADDLE PEAK from STUNT HIGH ROAD:
Moderate 8+ mrt hike to Saddle Peak surprise.  Bring water, food to share and wear hiking boots.  Meet in parking lot near Freddy's on Hampshire Road before Shell Station in Thousand Oaks no later than 8:30 A.M. for carpooling.  LILLIAN TREVISAN (805) 498-1623

Saturday - 6
PALO COMADO - CHEESEBORO LOOP:
Moderate 7 mrt hike with beautiful oaks and vistas.  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet 8:30 A.M. at trailhead.  From 101 Freeway go north 2.1 miles on Kanan Road, turn right on Sunnycrest, go 0.8 miles to the third Public Recreation Trail sign, just past Oak Springs Drive.  JOANNE SULKOSKE (805) 492-3061

Wednesday - 10
CONEJO MOUNTAIN:
A moderate 5 mrt hike with 800' elev. gain.  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet at 9:00 A.M. at the trailhead.  From the 101 Fwy. exit onto Borchard Road west, continue to just before the Dos Vientos Community Center turning right onto Via Ricardo, continue to the white fence on the right just past Via Pisa.  This hike provides great views of the Oxnard plain, the western Santa Monica Mountains and the Conejo Valley.  JOHN HOLROYD (805) 495-6391

Wednesday - 10
HOLIDAY POTLUCK AND DIGITAL PHOTO SHOW:
The Cameron Center will be the site of our potluck and photo show.  Bring your favorite digital photos or prints to share.  Digital photos must be submitted to Walt Zabriskie at least 10 days prior to potluck.  Bring your most tempting dish and favorite drink for a Holiday Celebration.  Come early (6:30 P.M.) to help setup.  The party will start at 7:00 P.M.  JOHN HOLROYD (805) 495-6391 JOANNE SULKOSKE (805) 492-3061

Friday - 12
OLD CABIN SITE - POINT MUGU STATE PARK:
Moderate 8 mrt hike with 700' elev. gain.  Visit waterfall (seasonal).  Bring water, ethnic snacks to share and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet at Wendy Drive trailhead at intersection of Potrero Road in Newbury Park no later than 8:30 A.M.  LILLIAN TREVISAN (805) 498-1623

Saturday - 13
EAGLE ROCK - TOPANGA STATE PARK:
Moderate 4 to 7 mrt with up to 900' elev. gain depending on hikers abilities.  Rock formations and great valley views.  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet in parking lot near Freddy's just before the Shell Station on Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks at 8:30 A.M. for carpooling or at the Trippet Ranch parking lot at 9:00 A.M.  Leader will provide free parking for those who do not have parking passes.  WALT ZABRISKIE (805) 497-1775 MELANIE ASHEN (805) 497-6773

Wednesday - 17
LANG RANCH LOOP:
Moderate 4 1/4 mrt hike with 750' elev. gain and views of Simi Valley and Lang Ranch Open Space.  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled footwear.  Meet at the far end of Lang Ranch Parkway off of Westlake Blvd. at 1:30 P.M.  Rain cancels.  EUGENE BABCOCK (805) 499-3487

Friday - 19
BEACH WALK - POINT DUME - EASY HIKE SERIES:
Easy to moderate 6 mrt hike with 250' elev. gain.  Hike along the beach, up to the bluff & down to tide pools and to Paradise Cove, if tide permits.  Tide 4.0' at 9:30 A.M.  Tide 1.9' at 11:00 A.M.  Peace will flow into you with the waves.  Bring water and food.  Meet in parking lot near Freddy's on Hampshire Road just the before Shell Station in Thousand Oaks no later than 8:30 A.M. for carpooling.  LILLIAN TREVISAN (805) 498-1623

Saturday - 20
MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK:
Moderate 5 mrt hike through the rolling grasslands, lush foliage and ridgeline overlooks of Malibu Creek State Park.  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet at 9:00 A.M. in the parking lot near Freddy's on Hampshire Road before the Shell Station for carpooling or at the trailhead at corner of Mulholland Hwy. and Cornell Road at 9:20 A.M.  JOHN HOLROYD (805) 495-6391

Friday - 27
UPPER NEWTON CANYON - CASTRO PEAK:
Moderate 8 mrt hike.  Hike off those holiday goodies!  You know you ate too much.  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet in parking lot near Freddy's just before the Shell Station on Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks at 8:30 A.M. for carpooling.  LILLIAN TREVISAN (805) 498-1623 


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CONEJO GROUP MEETINGS
 
TIME: 7:00 P.M.
DATE: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
SPEAKERS: John Holroyd - Conejo Group Chair
PROGRAM: Holiday Party - Pot Luck & Digital Photo Show
MEETING PLACE: cameron center (see below)

MEETING LOCATION

CAMERON CENTER, 288 Greenmeadow Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA Go south on Lynn Road (over the 101 Freeway) to the traffic light at Greenmeadow Drive.  Turn left, go to the end of street, turn left into driveway and follow to Cameron Center parking lot. Check with the program schedule for meeting dates and places.



SIGHTINGS


The trail closure data below reflects only the N.P.S. website information.  Check with the State Parks Office at (818) 880-0350 or the National Park Service at (805) 370-2301 for information regarding the status of parks within their jurisdiction.

CURRENT STATUS - AUGUST 2013 - OF STATE and NATIONAL PARKS

Los Padres National Forest:

   The Los Padres National Forest has been re-opened. Care when hiking is required.

Forest Supervisor: Peggy Hernandez
Deputy Forest Supervisor:
Ken Heffner
6755 Hollister Ave., Suite 150
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 968-6640

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

  • Update on Park Closures as of August 2013

2013 Fire Restrictions
Due to high fire danger, fire and smoking restrictions are now in effect on all National Park Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. For details, please download the Public Notice or call 805-370-2301.

All NPS trails are open at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa! Currently, this park site is only open sunrise to sunset.  NPS Sunset to Sunrise Closure Map

Point Mugu State Park is open. Backcountry Trails that may still be closed will have a notice at the trailhead.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Now that the 24,000-acre Springs Fire is officially controlled, the National Park Service opened trails on the western side of the Santa Monica Mountains.

  • Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park is open, but the park will close from sunset to sunrise.

    Visitors are encouraged to help nature recover from the fire by respecting trail closures and staying on the trail in areas that are open. Foot and bike traffic tramples sensitive soil, vegetation, burrows and nests.

    Park officials estimate 70% of Rancho Sierra Vista's 1170 acres burned during the fire, though the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center and all other structures were protected.

    More information is available at 805-370-2301.

During Rain...

Sometimes rain will cause the closure of unpaved parking areas. Lots usually reopen 1-2 days after the rain stops. Parking lots most commonly closed during or after rain are:

  • Zuma Canyon Lot at Bonsall Drive.
  • Rocky Oaks Main Lot at Mulholland Hwy.
  • Peter Strauss Ranch extended unpaved lot at Mulholland Hwy.
  • Cheeseboro Canyon Parking Lot off of Chesebro Road.

Use Caution and be Conscientious. During or shortly after rain, hazardous trail conditions may occur: including slippery trails, rock falls, tree falls, mud flows, and mud pits, especially in recent fire areas. When these conditions occur, recreational trail use is not recommended. Regular trail use can usually begin 1-2 days after the rain stops. If you notice hazardous trail conditions,  resource damage or would like updates, please contact our Visitor Center 805-370-2301.

During RED FLAG WARNINGS...

Dry, hot, windy conditions are conducive to fire. Some park sites are subject to closures. For more information: NPS Visitor Center 805-370-2301// State Park Fire Weather Hotline: 805-488-8147.

Cheeseboro Canyon, Palo Comado Canyon, Liberty Canyon, and Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve sites:  Public access is restricted to established official roads and trails from sunrise to sunset.  Please comply with posted restrictions and closures on site. Motorized vehicles are not permitted.
Solstice Canyon is open. Trails are widened and burned wooden structures have been removed.

Highway Restrictions: If you would like up to date information about local closures and others throughout the State of California visit CAL-Trans at www.dot.ca.gov. You may also contact the visitor center at (805) 370-2301.

TRAIL CLOSURES:

  • CIRCLE X;  Mishe Mokwa open to hikers only.
  • Cold Creek Canyon Trail is open
  • RANCHO SIMI TRAILS STATUS:  Open

CONEJO RECREATION and PARK DISTRICT - WILDWOOD TRAILS STATUS:  Closed when raining and trails muddy.

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SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
TRAILS COUNCIL

JOIN US !! ALL VOLUNTEERS INVITED -NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!


Call the listed leader to receive specific information about the trail and meeting place and to answer your questions. PLEASE let the leader know in advance of your intention to participate so that enough tools will be available. A parent or organization group leader must accompany volunteers under the age of 18.

Meeting places and times vary as noted on the schedule below, and are subject to change, make sure when you call that you confirm the meeting time and place. We plan to end work at 2:30 pm at the trailhead, please tell the leader when you call if you need to leave earlier. Keep in mind we often car pool, shuttle or hike to the actual work site.

General SMMTC information available from: Linda Palmer at 818-222-4531.

BRING: water, lunch, work gloves, long sleeve shirt and eye protection. Sturdy shoes or boots and long pants required. We provide trail maintenance tools such as McLeods, Pulaskis, Loppers, Saws and Mattocks.

VISIT THE TRAIL MAINTENANCE VIDEO AT SMMTC.ORG FOR AN OVERVIEW OF THE WORK WE WILL DO.

The www.smmtc.org website maintains the most up to date schedule and directions to the various work sites. Schedule changes sometimes occur.


SMMTC Trail Maintenance

  • View the scheduled outings as a Google calendar or in pdf format for printing by selecting the appropriate tab below
  • Be sure to view the Guidelines and Safety Video (3rd tab) for important information, including what to wear, weather questions, etc.
  • Please contact the leader before the event to ensure enough tools are on hand and to the confirm meeting time and place
  • Interested in Car Pooling to the Work Location? We meet at the Thousand Oaks Transit Center for many events. Call ahead! Departure at 7:45 A.M.
  • Occasionally we have other volunteer projects, for these and a more comprehensive calendar of volunteer outings in the Santa Monica Mountains, see our Other Volunteering page
Related links: Photos of recent outings | Google map of Trailheads in the Santa Monicas | Car Pool Location


TRAIL MAINTENANCE

(All Meeting Times are 8:30am - 2:30pm unless stated otherwise)

NOVEMBER 2014

Saturday - 29
fossil trail MAINTENANCE - point mugu State Park:  
Meet at Wendy Drive & Potrero Road in Newbury Park for shuttle (map). From the 101 Fwy. take Wendy Road south to the end of Potrero Road. Dave Edwards (805) 279-3029 c, (805) 985-3728 h

** indicates joint project with the Sierra Club Task Force
*** indicates joint project with CORBA
**** indicates a joint project with the Channel Islands Restoration

NOTE: Other trail maintenance projects, unscheduled at this time, may be conducted in the Santa Monica Mountains NRA and Channel Islands National Park. Special projects might be arranged for school or corporate groups interested in performing trail maintenance as public service projects (email us at mail@smmtc.org).

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TRAILS COUNCIL WEBSITE HAS MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE AND MORE! www.smmtc.org
HIKE LEADERS

Contact Walt Zabriskie at conejogroup@gmail.com

To all Hike Leaders: Outings are due every month on the 15th


SIERRA CLUB WAIVER
All Sierra Club Outings require that you sign an "Acknowledgment of Outing Member Responsibility, Express Assumption of Risk, and Release of Liability" before you can participate in the outing. In addition, if a minor is going on the trip, the minor's guardian must sign on the minor's behalf. This agreement can be viewed by clicking on this link ==> WAIVER

WEATHER/TRAIL NOTE as of November 23, 2014:
The daytime temperatures for tommorrow are in the 46oF to 80oF range with winds of 10-15 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph and sunny conditions. Where you hike can make a large change in the temperature. With the sun overhead and expending energy hiking can make the perceived temperature much higher. Local, State and Federal Parklands are closed during Red Flag Warnings.  Check with the park services for closure areas. Always bring lots of water when you hike. Trails are generally in good shape. Use a hat and sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 to 50 for long hikes. Check with the weather link under OUTINGS. Keep posted to this site for the latest as our hikers report on conditions.

The EASY HIKE SERIES are for newcomers to hiking or for persons wishing to enjoy the beauty of our local area without a lot of physical effort.  There will be frequent stops to insure everyone is together.  A short presentation of the route will be made before the hike starts.

Trail Status:
Trails are in fair to good condition with occasional areas where slides and heavy runoff has exposed rocks and created deep grooves in the trail. See closures above.

Current Requirements for Moderate to Strenuous Hikes:
Hikers should be physically capable of hiking in varied (possibly steep) terrain with loose rocks, gravel and mud and some bushwhacking (described in outing).  Be prepared for high winds, hot/cold temperatures and rain as these conditions can occur at any time.  It is highly recommended that you wear lug-soled shoes and bring water and food.  You may not be permitted to hike with the group at the leaders discretion if you do not have these items with you.  Check with the leader as rain and/or dangerous conditions (Red Flag Warning, etc.) may cause the hike to be canceled.

 

LINKS TO WEB SITES

Los Padres Chapter Website  The hikes listed in this web site should be checked by calling the leader.  Hikes listed are listed with a two letter Group in parentheses:  Conejo, Sespe (SP), Santa Barbara (SB), Arguello (AR) and the three letter exception - West LA (WLA) (Angeles Chapter).
Angeles Chapter Outings 
A listing of Today's Outings are on this page as you open it. To find outings on other dates scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter your date range and any other advanced search parameters. Leaders are listed, but no contact information is given. If you need to contact the leader(s) click on Outings Leaders found on the left side column and follow the instructions given.
Trailheads in the Santa Monicas and Surrounds
The site is useful for finding Trail Maintenance and hiking locations. Created by a collaboration with the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council. Each area you link to displays the selected trail on a Google Maps overhead or satellite view.
@LA the Guide to Greater Los Angeles and Southern California  This is a valuable site for obtaining links to other environmental and conservation organizations.
California State Parks Web Page 
The web site lists all State Parks, allows online reservations, lists park programs and contains an events calendar.  Many events are depicted graphically.  Try it you'll like it!
National Park Service Web Page for the Santa Monica Mountains 
This site lists interesting information about what to do (see their events for the quarter in OUTDOORS online) as well what is the latest information about trail closures (duplicated here).
Weather in the local area from the National Weather Service, Oxnard, CA
This is a textual listing of weather for the Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County areas.  Use the find feature of your browser (CTRL-F) or scroll to search for your city.
Caltrans Highway Information 
Check this site for any information about traffic, road closures, freeway maps with traffic speeds, incidents, etc.  A valuable resource to bookmark.
Caltrans QuickMap  This site will allow you to access traffic and other road information in a Google Earth map format with street view. You will require some experimentation if you want to get the most from this very useful site.

The newsletter provides information about the club's various activities and at least two months of outings for advance planning.

For a free copy of the newsletter sent by e-mail every month in PDF format send an e-mail to John Holroyd with your name and e-mail address to backpacker2@earthlink.net. We have phased out the paper version of the newsletter and those with an e-mail address will be sent the PDF version after their paid subscription runs out.

Note:  A subscription does not imply membership in the National Sierra Club or it's chapters or groups.

 

CONEJO GROUP SIERRA CLUB

643 Old Farm Road

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


SIERRA CLUB MEMBERSHIP

To Join the Sierra Club go to this link: Membership Drive! Special $15


 

Group Chair:

JOHN HOLROYD

backpacker2@earthlink.net

Outings Chair:

WALT ZABRISKIE

conejohiker@verizon.net

Temp. Membership Chair:

WALT ZABRISKIE

conejohiker@verizon.net

 

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