Midweek Mountaineers 2024

MAY

May 15th – Wildwood Neighborhood Park Lynnmere Trail Loop

May 8th – Woodridge Lollipop Loop

Ten hikers met at the Long Canyon Trail parking lot in Wood Ranch on a bright spring morning.  The Hike began by going west on the Woodridge Connector Trail where there were little bunnies all over, being eyed by a small, inconspicuous coyote.  Upward on Simi / T. Oaks trail and crossing a paved road, we connected with the Woodridge Loop trail where there were views of elegant houses and Conejo Valley off to the south.  To the north, at one point we could see Bard Reservoir through a fence.  The hike continued around a gated community at the end of Sunset Hills Blvd. until we started heading east into Long Canyon Open Space.  We enjoyed different types of scenery, quiet air and each other’s company, along with various flowers such as; morning glory, California everlasting, purple sage, wishbone bush, black sage, California bush sunflower, vetch, milk thistle, chaparral yucca.   We completed a 4.4-mile round-trip hike with around 733’ of elevation gain/loss arriving back to our vehicles at the Long Canyon trailhead.

May 1st – Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park Loop

9 hikers met at 7:30 AM in the dirt parking area along Lilac Lane at the upper end of the Chatsworth portion of the Stagecoach Trail in the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park on a pleasant spring morning.  We  began our hike by following a short loop passing by a pond (with water) near our starting point.  We then headed northeast into the park via the Mattingly Trail which we followed to the Upper Meadow Trail which led us to a rocky overlook of Chatsworth Park South and the surrounding area.  We then followed a short connector trail northward to “Five Points” where we continued following the Mattingly Trail to the northeast to the Williams Trail which led downhill toward the Spahn Ranch [there’s little to see there now] and the El Camino Nuevo Trail which headed west and connected to the Sanchez Trail which we followed to the paved Santa Susana Pass Road (SSPR).

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A short distance westward along SSPR brought us to the northern end of a nameless dirt trail that we followed southward to our vehicles.  Our route provided us with many picturesque views (mountains, rock formations, etc.).  There were lots of blooming plants including hedgehog cactus, caterpillar phacelia, morning glory, black sage, wishbone bush, deerweed, sticky monkey flower, golden yarrow, and popcorn flower.  As usual we encountered no other people during our hike.  It was a pleasant outing, particularly the opportunity to spend time with old and new friends.

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Santa Susana Pass SHP – Brochure with MAP

APRIL

April 24th – Big Sky Loop

Six hikers met near the waterfall on Big Sky Place on a moderately cloudy morning. The hike began walking north on the sidewalk of Erringer Road, stopping at the Big Sky Trail entrance for a group photo.  Going east, and crossing the stream we took the right fork for a counterclockwise loop.  Up the first steady incline the wild flowers thickened, seeing mostly owl’s clover.  Upon reaching the first summit and taking a breath we saw an old truck full of bullet holes at the bottom of a cliff.  The hike continued while surrounded by bush sunflowers, on the north-south ridge east of the housing development.  We enjoyed the views of the valley below and sections of different neighborhoods among the surrounding hills, including Whiteface Mountain.

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At the highest point of our hike (1,463’) we could see the remnants of Lost Canyons Golf Course.  There was lots of greenery and quite a few wildflowers as we made our way to the oak-lined streambed that runs through the Big Sky development.  We had the trail all to ourselves as we finished our 4.5-mile hike with 895’ of elevation gain/loss in 1 hour and 44 minutes on a pleasurable spring morning hike.

Photos taken of wildflowers included owl’s clover, deerweed, silver puffs, lupine, yucca, tidy-tips, red bush monkey flower, California bush sunflower, golden yarrow, popcorn flower, Santa Barbara milkvetch (Astragalus trichopodus), black sage, purple sage, blue dick, Catalina mariposa lily, bush lupine, and morning glory.

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April 10th – Los Robles Trail via the Los Padres Trail and Oak Creek Double-Loop