9.4 MRT – Moderate to Strenuous (1,300′ elevation gain/loss)
Meet at the trailhead at 8 AM
Directions to Trailhead: From Simi Valley, take Highway 118 east to the Topanga Canyon Blvd exit. Turn left (north) and get in the right lane as you drive under Hwy 118. Turn left (west) on Poema Place and drive 0.25 mile uphill as the road curves northward to the second driveway on the right into Summerset Village (11500 to 11524 North Poema Place). Park on North Poema Place.
The hike will begin as we drop into lower Devil Canyon just north of Hwy 118 near Topanga Canyon Blvd in Chatsworth. We will follow the heavily shaded course of the long-abandoned Devil Canyon Motorway as the trail heads upstream reaching a large dam in less than two miles. Continuing upstream the canyon soon widens and we’ll pass through meadows and then hike through a large oak woodland in the upper section of the canyon. Upon reaching Browns Canyon Road we’ll take a break and enjoy the view to the southeast looking back along Devil Canyon and beyond. We’ll then return the way we came. NOTE: If the day becomes too hot to continue upstream, we’ll shorten the hike.