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

FEBRUARY 27-28, 2015 OUTINGS


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Rocky Peak
Photo Courtesy of  Joanne Sulkoske
Monday, February 16, 2015

Rocky Peak 2-16-2015

California Lilac (Buckthorne)


Rocky Peak Rocks 2-16-2015

Rocky Peak
Photo Courtesy of Walt Zabriskie


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OUTINGS

Weather Forecast: National Weather Service Forecast for Thousand Oaks

PLANNING CALENDAR

February
Sun MonTueWedThu FriSat
          28->
MARCH
Sun MonTueWedThu FriSat
  2   4 6 7
  9   11 13 14
15 16 18 20 21
22 23   25 27 28
  30          
APRIL
Sun MonTueWedThu FriSat
      1     4
  6   8     11BP
- 13   15     HL18R
  20   22     ->25
  27   29      
MAY
Sun MonTueWedThu FriSat
             
  4         ->9
  11         ->16
  18          
  25          
JUNE
Sun MonTueWedThu FriSat
1
  8          
  15 16B - -    
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

MONDAY Leaderless hikes in the local area: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 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.

February 2015

Wednesday - 25
DOS VIENTOS RANCH:
Moderate 5 mrt loop with approx. 900' elev. gain.  Enjoy wonderful views of Boney Mountain, the surrounding hills and the Camarillo Plain.  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet at 2:00 P.M. at the Dos Vientos Community Center parking lot, Borchard Road entrance.  Rain cancels.  EUGENE BABCOCK (805) 499-3487

Friday - 27
SADDLE PEAK from STUNT HIGH ROAD:
Moderate 8+ mrt hike.  Bring water, food and wear hiking boots.  Meet in parking lot near Freddy's on Hampshire Road before the Shell Station in Thousand Oaks no later than 8:30 A.M. for carpooling.  LILLIAN TREVISAN (805) 498-1623

Saturday - 28  OUTING MOVED TO Saturday, MAY 16
NEW MILLENNIUM LOOP TRAIL:
Moderately strenuous 11 mrt loop with an elev. gain of 2000'.  Starting at the Bark Park dog park off of Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas we head east in a counter clockwise fashion through the Calabasas highlands, then climb up to and through the exclusive hilltops bordering the extravagant New Millennium development.  We return on Gun Club Road and back down to the dog park.  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.  Rain cancels.  CYNDEE ZAHORIK (805) 492-1453

March 2015

Wednesday - 4
LANG RANCH TO CHINA FLAT:
Moderate 7 mrt hike with 1000' elev. gain with views of Simi Valley, Conejo Valley and Pacific Ocean.  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet at the far end of Lang Ranch Parkway off of Westlake Blvd. at 2:00 P.M.  Rain cancels.  EUGENE BABCOCK (805) 499-3487

Friday - 6
SOLSTICE CANYON:
Moderate 7-8 mrt hike with 1200' elev. gain.  Hike Rising Sunday and Upper Sostomo Loop Trails.  See tropical terrace, oldest stone building in Malibu and 150' waterfall (seasonal).  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 no later than 8:30 A.M. for carpooling.  LILLIAN TREVISAN (805) 498-1623

Saturday - 7
HIDDEN MEADOWS TRAIL - NORTH RANCH OPEN SPACE & OAKBROOK REGIONAL PARK:
Slow paced moderate 4.4 mrt up and back hike with 700' cumulative elev. gain.  The trail has some shade and a smooth surface with great views.  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet at trailhead at 8:30 A.M.  From Thousand Oaks take the 23 Fwy. exiting at Avenida de los Arboles and go east to Westlake Blvd., turn left on Kanan Road and left on Windy Mountain Avenue then first left on Grey Feather Court to Falling Star Avenue left to end, parking on right at trailhead.  This route avoids the 101 Fwy.  If closer to Lindero Canyon Road take it north making a left on Kanan and a right on Falling Star going to end as above.  WALT ZABRISKIE (805) 497-1775, MELANIE ASHEN (805) 497-6773

Wednesday - 11
WILDWOOD PARK LOOP - LIZARD ROCK - PARADISE FALLS:
Moderate 4.5 mrt hike with approx. 700' elev. gain.  A pleasant trail follows the stream up to the waterfall with steps leading down to the pool beneath Paradise Falls.  Continuing upstream, there is a tranquil picnic area at Little Falls.  Return by way of Indian Creek Trail.  Bring water, food, and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet at 3:30 P.M. at west end of Avenida de los Arboles in Thousand Oaks.  Rain cancels.  EUGENE BABCOCK (805) 499-3487

Friday - 13
SADDLEBACK PEAK FROM STUNT HIGH ROAD:
Moderate 8+ mrt hike with 1000' elev. gain.  Bring water, food and wear hiking boots.  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 - 14
LOS ROBLES TRAIL FROM NEWBURY PARK to TRIUNFO CANYON PARK:
Moderately paced, strenuous 10 mile one way hike with 1500' elev. gain and car shuttle.  Bring water, lunch, good footwear and your camera.  Meet at 8:00 A.M. in the west parking lot of Triunfo Park (Westlake Village), near the trailhead to which we will return.  We will arrange carpools to the start of the hike off Potrero Road 0.2 miles east of Wendy Drive.  This is a good chance to stretch your legs without having to climb a mountain.  HUGH WARREN (805) 341-6295, hiker@hkwarren.net

Sunday - 15
LAS VIRGENES CANYON:
Moderate 5 mrt out and back hike that travels along a lovely riparian habitat with very little elev. gain.  Bring water and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet in parking lot near Freddy's just before the Shell Station on Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks at 9:00 A.M. for carpooling.  JOHN HOLROYD (805) 495-6391

Wednesday - 18
LANG RANCH LOOP:
Moderate 4.25 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 4:30 P.M.  Rain cancels.  EUGENE BABCOCK (805) 499-3487

Friday - 20
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 5.6' at 9:30 A.M.,  Tide 4.3' at 12:00 A.M.  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 - 21
CHUMASH TRAIL - SANTA SUSANNA MOUNTAINS:
Moderately strenuous 8 mrt hike with 1000' elev. gain.  Bring water, food and lug-soled shoes.  Meet in parking lot near Freddy's just before the Shell Station on Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks at 8:00 A.M. for carpooling.  JOANNE SULKOSKE (805) 492-3061

Sunday - 22
TRAIL TO NOWHERE:
Moderate 5 mrt hike with a cumulative elev. gain of 800' that will take us along one of the newer sections of the Backbone Trail.  This route provides wonderful views of the ocean and coastal valleys.  Bring water and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet in parking lot near Freddy's just before the Shell Station on Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks at 2:30 P.M. for carpooling.  JOHN HOLROYD (805) 495-6391

Wednesday - 25
TRIUNFO CANYON PARK - WESTLAKE VILLAGE:
Moderate 4 mrt hike of leader's choice with 400' elev. gain.  Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes.  Meet in the parking lot of Triunfo Park at the end of Tamarack Street.  Take Westlake Blvd. south to Triunfo Canyon Road, turn right and continue to the Community Park and park in the second lot.  Meet at 3:00 P.M.  Rain cancels.  EUGENE BABCOCK (805) 499-3487

Friday - 27
OLD CABIN SITE - POINT MUGU STATE PARK:
Moderate 6-7 mrt hike with 700' elev. gain.  Bring water, food 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 - 28
UPPER SADDLE PEAK TRAIL - PIUMA:
Moderately paced 9.5 mrt hike with 1600' elev. gain.  Bring water, food and lug-soled shoes.  Meet at 8:30 A.M. in parking lot near Freddy's just before the Shell Station on Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks.  CYNDEE ZAHORIK (805) 492-1453


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CONEJO GROUP MEETINGS
 
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DATE: None
SPEAKERS:  
PROGRAM:  
MEETING PLACE:  

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 - DECEMBER 2014 - OF STATE and NATIONAL PARKS

Los Padres National Forest:

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

Los Padres Supervisor's Office is Closed due to Water Damage
Contact: Andrew Madson (805) 895-0841
6755 Hollister Ave., Suite 150
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 968-6640

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

  • Update on Park Closures as of December 2014

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

Hazardous conditions on trails
Please use extreme caution on the following sites and trails:
Solstice Canyon's Sostomo Trail, Rising Sun Trail and the water fall area.

Parking Lot Closures Due to Rain and Hazardous Conditions:
12/16/14: The parking lots at Rocky Oaks, Bonsall Trailhead, and Peter Strauss (dirt parking lot) are currently closed due to rain.

Point Mugu State Park is open.
La Jolla Canyon is closed from PCH due to repair of the highway and trails.

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)

FEBRUARY 2015

Saturday - 28
Fossil Trail Trail MAINTENANCE:  
Meet at the Wendy Trailhead, intersection of Wendy and Potrero Roads. Leader: John Kross/Jerry Mitcham (805) 587-0721.

Saturday - 28
New Millennium Loop Trail MAINTENANCE***: 
Location 34.1336250, -118.7027800 (map). From the 101 Freeway, turn south on Las Virgenes Road. The entrance is about 1 mile from the freeway on the left (east) side, slightly south of the traffic light at the A. E. Wright Middle School. Leader: Barry Dydyk (805) 499-5627

** 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 February 26, 2015:
The daytime temperatures for tommorrow are in the 49oF to 65oF range. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. 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 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 condition with occasional areas where slides and heavy runoff has exposed rocks and created deep grooves in the trail. See closures above. Many park areas are closed for days after heavy rains.

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 to three letter Group in parentheses:  Conejo (CJ), Ventura (VEN), Santa Barbara (SB), Arguello (AR) and the seldom referenced; West LA (WLA) (Angeles Chapter).
Angeles Chapter Outings 
A listing of Outings are on this page. To find outings on other dates scroll down the page. Click on Activity for contact information and details. For quick look hold cursor over activity.
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.
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.
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 Local forecast feature to search for your city by Zip Code or City, State.
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 the Conejo Group with your name and e-mail address to conejogroup@gmail.com. We have phased out the paper version of the newsletter and those with an e-mail address will be sent a PDF version.

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


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Group Chair:

HUGH WARREN

mail@hkwarren.net

Outings Chair:

WALT ZABRISKIE

conejohiker@verizon.net

Membership Chair:

BETTY EISEMAN

betty.eiseman@verizon.net
 

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