CONEJO GROUP - LOS PADRES CHAPTER - SIERRA CLUB
THOUSAND OAKS - MOORPARK - SIMI VALLEY - SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS, CALIFORNIA
MARCH 1-31, 2014 OUTINGS
Photos Courtesy of Barbara Welch
Conejo Hikers on Trail
Carol (front) and Joanne at Rio Grande River - Mid February, 2014
Weather Forecast: National Weather Service Forecast for Thousand Oaks
|Newsletter Active Listing||Monday Leaderless Outings|
|P - Provisional / C - Change||TM - Trail Maintenance|
|GX - Group EXCOM Meeting||ND - Nominations Deadline|
|PD - Petitions Deadline||SP,FP or HP - Holiday Party|
|HL - LEADER TRAINING||* CANCELLED|
|M - Cameron Center Meeting|
MONDAY Leaderless hikes in the local area: Most hikes are moderate and are approximately 5-7 mile 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.
PALO COMADO - CHEESEBORO LOOP: Moderate 7 mrt hike with beautiful oaks and vistas. Bring water, food and 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
DOS VIENTOS RANCH: Moderate 6 mrt loop with approx. 900' elev. gain. Enjoy wonderful views of Boney Mountain, the surrounding hills and the Camarillo Plain. Bring water, food and lug-soled shoes. Meet at 2:30 PM. at the Dos Vientos Community Center parking lot, Borchard Road entrance. EUGENE BABCOCK (805) 499-3487
HONDO CANYON - FOSSIL RIDGE - BACKBONE TRAIL - TOPANGA STATE PARK: Moderately paced, strenuous 8 mrt hike with 1800' elev. gain on the Backbone Trail. Bring 2 quarts 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 9:00 A.M. for carpooling. CYNDEE ZAHORIK (805) 492-1453
SANTA ROSA LOOP - WILDWOOD PARK: Moderate 4.5 mrt loop hike with 600' elev. gain. Hike upper Santa Rosa Trail with great views of the mountains and Santa Rosa valley. Bring water, food and lug-soled shoes. Meet at 3:30 P.M. at the west end of Avenida de Los Arboles. EUGENE BABCOCK (805) 499-3487
LOWER NEWTON CANYON - BUZZARD'S ROOST: Moderate 8 mrt hike with 1400' elev. gain. Visit 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
SPLIT ROCK and BALANCED ROCK: Easy 5 mrt with a little scrambling near Balanced Rock. 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 9:00 A.M. for carpooling. HUGH WARREN (805) 341-6295
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
ARROYO CONEJO - LYNNMERE LOOP: Moderately strenuous 7 mile loop, with approx. 1300' elev. gain. A pleasant trail follows Arroyo Conejo from the Rancho Conejo Play fields in Newbury Park, to the Lynnmere loop trail above Wildwood Park. Nice views of the barranca, Hill Canyon, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, and Wildwood Park. From 101 Freeway, drive ¼ mile north on Ventu Park Road. Turn right into the parking lot at the Rancho Conejo Play fields. Meet at 8:30 A.M. Rain cancels. EUGENE BABCOCK (805) 499-3487
ETZ MALOY: Slow paced moderate 6.2 mrt with a cumulative elev. gain of 670' along an excellent shaded chaparral trail with easy up and down sections. 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 8:00 A.M. for carpooling. WALT ZABRISKIE (805) 497-1775, MELANIE ASHEN (805) 497-6773
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 and down to tide pools if tide permits. Tide 1.05' at 9:00 A.M. and 1.26' at 11:30 A.M. Bring water and food. 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
WILDWOOD PARK LOOP - LIZARD ROCK: Moderate 4 mrt hike with approx. 700' elev. gain. Bring water, food, and wear lug-soled shoes. Meet at 5:00 P.M. at west end of Avenida de los Arboles in Thousand Oaks. EUGENE BABCOCK (805) 499-3487
CONEJO GROUP MEETING - WATER ISSUES LOCAL, COUNTY & STATE: Susan Mulligan the General Manager of the Calleguas Municipal Water District will discuss the water issues we all face in the current drought. Meet at 7:00 P.M. at the Cameron Center, 288 Greenmeadow Drive in Thousand Oaks. 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.
LA JOLLA VALLEY - MUGU PEAK - POINT MUGU STATE PARK: Moderate 8 mrt hike of leader's choice. See results of the Spring's fire and possible regrowth. Bring water, food and wear lug-soled shoes. Meet at intersection of Wendy Drive and Potrero Road in Newbury Park not later than 8:30 A.M. for carpooling. LILLIAN TREVISAN (805) 498-1623
EAST CANYON TO MISSION PEAK: Moderately strenuous 8 mile one-way hike with 1300' elev. gain requiring a short car shuttle. East Canyon climbs steadily through a forest of oak, walnut, maple and Douglas-fir trees with magnificent views of Santa Clarita Woodlands Park. At Jones Junction we will head southeast on Corral Sunshine Motorway to Mission Peak for some dramatic views of the San Fernando Valley and possibly snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains. 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
|DATE:||Thursday, March 27, 2014|
|SPEAKERS:||Susan Mulligan - General Manager Calleguas Municipal Water District|
|PROGRAM:||water issues - local, county & state|
|MEETING PLACE:||cameron center (see below)|
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.
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
SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:
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.
Vista in Newbury Park is open, but the park will close from sunset to
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.
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:
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.
- 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.
JOIN US !! ALL VOLUNTEERS INVITED -NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!
Thewww.smmtc.org website maintains the most up to date schedule and directions to the various work sites. Schedule changes sometimes occur.
(All Meeting Times are 8:30am - 2:30pm unless stated otherwise)
Satur day - 8
BACKBONE TRAIL MAINTENANCE - SOLSTICE CANYON: Trailhead - Vicinity of 1701 Latigo Canyon Road (2.9 miles Southeast of Kanan Road). Small unsigned parking lot, east side of the road, near top of the hill. Leader: Jerry Mitcham
day - 8
indicates joint project with the Sierra Club Task
*** 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. If you are interested in arranging a special project, please contact Burt Elliott at 805-338-7150 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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To all Hike Leaders: Outings are due every month on the 15th
SIERRA CLUB WAIVER
WEATHER/TRAIL NOTEas of February 27-30, 2014:
The EASY HIKE SERIESare 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.
Current Requirements for Moderate to Strenuous Hikes:
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CONEJO GROUP SIERRA CLUB
643 Old Farm Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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This Page Updated March 2, 2014