Johnson Motorway to the Rocky Peak Fire Road

April 2, 2022 @ 8:00 am
Johnson Motorway to the Rocky Peak Fire Road

9 MRT – Moderate (1,600′ elevation gain/loss)

Meet at the trailhead at 8 AM.

Directions to Trailhead:  Take Hwy 118 east to the Rocky Peak exit in Santa Susana Pass.  Turn right (south) and then turn left (east) onto Santa Susana Pass Road.  Follow Santa Susana Pass Road 1.3 miles as it descends into the San Fernando Valley.  Turn left (north) on Iverson Road and drive 0.3 mile to the Hwy 118 overpass.  Park alongside Iverson Road on either side (without blocking the road)..

Our hike will begin by following an easement through Indian Springs Estates (“the Bel Air of the Valley”) to the lower end of the unpaved Johnson Motorway, an old abandoned dirt and sandstone roadbed. We then follow the motorway as it climbs 3.5 miles to the Rocky Peak Fire Road, passing through a landscape of dramatic rock formations and providing views of the Santa Susana Mountains and Devil Canyon to the north. Upon reaching the fire road we follow it southward for about a mile to a spur trail leading to Rocky Peak, enjoying views of Simi Valley, the San Fernando Valley, and the surrounding mountains. We return the way we came.