- Thursday, June 13, 2024

Southern California Trails

  • Chumash/Hummingbird - #Chumash/Hummingbird

    Socal - Ventura County - Simi Valley NickNames: #Chumash/Hummingbird

    Take the 118 freeway and get off at Kuehner. Just north of the freeway is a park type area where the bottom of the Hummingbird trail can be found. To reach the Chumash trailhead from here(on your bike)head south on Kuehner and in 1/2 mile go right on Los Angeles Ave. Take that 3/4 mile and go right on Yosemite. Take that over the freeway 3/4 mile and go right on Flanagan Dr. This will take you to Chumash park where you will find the bottom of the Chumash trail. Chumash to Rocky Peak fire road to Hummingbird is a very popular loop.

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    • Trail UpdateUp Santa Su, Johnson To Rocky To-Started at C-ville, headed up the pass on that ST in the canyon, down to Iverson to Johnson, up to Rocky P to H-bird, down to Kuehner and back. Unreal weather, awesome trail conditions and shiny happy people everywhere. An absolute F-N Blast
      Simi Mike a alot year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a 05 reign1 from simi westside


    • Trail UpdateJust Awesome!!!-Climbed Chumash(kick my a$$)and down Hummingbird. Hummingbird was absolutely awesome...it's been quite sometime and I forgot what a blast it was.

      Yo Antonio! I saw the CROSS that you were talking about. It's infront of the little cave looking thing with graffiti on the top. What the hell!!! I heard that there was some crazy stuff happening back in the 60-70's...didn't Manson have a hangout in Simi???
      a 35 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Specialized Stumpy from J.Woo from the Gabs.


    • Trail UpdateRode down Hummingbird today. Trail conditions were awesome. Saw something interesting near the last section of singletrack past the big slick rock right before the parking area. There is a cross made from tree branches about 10 yards off to the left side of the trail. The cross is sticking out of some rocks in a "cave" looking area.

      Does anyone know what happened here?

      Antonio M. a Weekend Warrior


    • Trail UpdateDid some trail work by myself on lower 1/2 mile after rains...


    • Trail UpdateAWESOME trail.This trail is very well groomed.This trail is a nice trail to climb,not to difficult but can be challenging at times even right from the start.If your on a cross country bike it will be a piece of cake but if your riding a all mountain or downhill then it becomes more challenging but do-able.Once you hit the top then the real fun begins cause the trail could be very fast and fun with rocks, drops,and burms,if your with friends this is a good trail to try and pass one another.Great trail!!,if your in the area try this one out.
      24hrdemolitionman a 43 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a 08,Specialized enduro expert from Castaic,CA


    • Trail UpdateCHumash/Hummingbird-I have been on this trail twice in the past two weeks. It's easy to get to, not very crowded and has endless trails, quite a few technical spotss, extreme rock hopping and even some tough obstacles. It's fairly wide open in most parts - but there are some singletracks. In the early am, it's been overcast and perfect- great views of Simi Valley etc. Last Saturday there was a sign taped up claiming a mountain lion sighting. I took a few pics- will try to update.
      S Rock a 33 year old Downhiller riding a Iron Horse from Simi


    • Trail UpdateGood Times...-Why doesn't anyone update this trail? I'll tell you why, the locals don't want it getting out what niiiice shape the Chewbird is in.
      Rode it yesterday afternoon in the 200 degree heat with zero shade (welcome to socal) Had many heat induced out of body experiences but did notice that the Chumash/Rocky Peak trails were in GREAT condition. Many smooth FAST sections, very few loose or bumped out sections. Little techy here & there. And as for the Bird, it was SICK SICK SICK. Legendary, nut-quaking, moab sickness...best trail I've ridden in a while.
      (Then I had ruin it all and torture myself watching the Lakers get SPANKED so badly by Beantown. So long 2008 NBA championship...)


    • Trail UpdateChumash/Hummingbird Update-Rode the loop, Up RP road to Hummingbird, down and over to Chumash and up and back out RP road. The bottom of the HB trail is a little rutted out. It could use a little work. Another big rain storm and these ruts will be massive. Chumash trail was in very good shape. No damage to report. Very breezy near the top but a great view.
      Dirtshark99 a 44 year old Cross-Country Rider


    • Trail UpdateChumash Update Part Deux-Did the Chumash again today and made the loop this time. Winds factored in for some tough climbs. Not a problem if you have good stamina. Look out for the Rocky switchbacks. Great down hills. Love this place!
      HERE'S A GOODONE...My riding partner fell behind while I rode ahead. When I turned back to meet up with him. He had this spooked look on his face. I thought he saw a Mnt Lion or even a Grizzly Bear what have been something. The EF-er claims to have seen an apparition of what he described as a Native American in full garb. I think he's full of s..t,,, but watch out for the Native Amercian man walking around there.
      Steve Austin a 215 year old Weekend Warrior


    • Trail UpdateChumash Update-I Road up Chumash yesterday morning despite the high winds warning posted on the 118. I've been wanting to try this trail for a while,,,I was NOT disapointed at all. I struggled up the hill on a single track against what felt like 80 to 90 mile an hour winds. I should have taken the fire road up. A couple of very strong gusts of wind almost knocked me off my bike. I didn't make it to Hummingbird the wind began to blow with a steady fury and I found myself fighting too many elements at once. The road conditions are great! Watch out for hikers they sneak up on you without notice. I Will definately be coming back again.

      Steve Austin a 215 year old Weekend Warrior


    • Trail UpdateRE: Help-Will be doing trail this week end!!! Will start at Las Jallas road and come down either chumash or humming bird... Let me know if you can make it.
      Leo a 30 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Giant from Simi


    • Trail UpdateHella Cool-Hit this trail, on 1-11-06, based on a recomendation. What a fun, hella cool, and challenging ride. The trail was good all the way up and down. A bit boney on Hummingbird though, it needs a little work, in my humble opinion. I'm doing Chumash, up and down, tomorrow, should be a fun ride before work. Wear a hawaiian shirt when you ride, its more fun!
      TbC a 33 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Surly 1X1 1.78:1 from Santa Clarita CA


    • Trail UpdateChumash/Hummingbird Directions-Travel up Chumash to Rocky Peak Fire Road, turn right and travel on the fire road for about three miles to the Hummingbird connector. Turn right again at the Hummingbird trail marker post, there is also a parkbench near the post. Down Hummingbird to exit on the street at Kuehner.
      Jerry Ventura BOMB a 52 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Gary Fisher Team Race from Simi Valley


    • Trail UpdateHelp-does chumash lead to rocky peak then hummingbird need help on a nice ride

      a Cross-Country Rider from simi valley


    • Trail UpdateWeeds Cleared And Rocks Rule!-Wild mustard and other weeds are now generally cleared from the bottom of Chumash up to Rocky Peak fire road. At least they do not rip the handlebars out of your hands anymore. Single track in good shape, still a hoot on the ride down. The upper section has new rocks exposed from the winter rains.
      Jerry BOMB a 51 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Sugar Team from Simi


    • Trail UpdateRain And The Rain-At the top of the trail, the trail marker fell down, due to termites. If you have not taken a ride recently on this trail, then you should. Hella fun. Rocks are all exposed, rivers I have never seen before and green every where. Some new kickers too

      Have Fun.
      OCTOMAN a Downhiller


    • Trail UpdateHummingbird Update-Some little 8 armed creature fixed the rut at said location on 1/27. Good ride for all.

      trail has exposed more rock and has many bumps...very fun
      OCTOMAN a Downhiller


    • Trail UpdateHummingbird Update-I finally got a chance to ride Hummingbird yesterday and conditions were great, just as you guys advised! My riding partner cancelled last week Sunday, so the trail had an additional week to dry out.

      Yesterday the dirt was nice and tacky, offering awesome grip for the tires. The rain seems to have washed away a lot of loose dirt from between the rocks, especially in the upper switchbacks (on the way down to the big cave). These are now a little more technical, but still rideable and fun.

      Everything else from the big cave to the bottom seems pretty much the same, with the exception of one straightaway below that narrow chicane, where you squeeze through the two boulders. Here, the running water created a deep rut (about a foot deep) that takes up about 3/4 the width of the singletrack. This straightaway occurs right after a turn, so it's possible that the rut may surprise someone coming around the turn. Just stick to the right side of the trail here.

      Overall, just as the previous posts have said, the area is a lot greener than usual, very tacky, and just beautiful to ride! I did notice two small water crossings on the way down and the stream at the very bottom of the trail was percolating very nicely with crystal clear water. The Hummingbird trail held up nicely against the deluge. Ride on!
      The B00giem0n


    • Trail UpdateChumash/hummingbird-I would agree with JP in the update below. The conditions were great. The very beginning of the Chumash trail was very muddy. Though a trail maintenance group dug a trough across it to let the stream run through it instead of pooling up there. The hills are extremely green. Great traction. The rocky sections up top had wonderful grip and made for fun, techinal climb.

      As for Hummingbird, there is a constant stream of water flowing down the trail. The switchbacks on the trail are very soft, gooey mud pits. They are rideable, but do it with caution.

      Overall, nice tacky conditions, with beautiful green hills for eye-candy.

      Enjoy it while it's still nice. For those who know, these hills are usually dry and brown.



    • Trail UpdateChumash Update...Hummingbird?-Did Chumash this afternoon. The trail was perfect. It seems like the rocky terrain really kept the land from sliding. There were NO slides at all. We rode back down Chumash and didn't make it up to Hummingbird, but there isn't much that could go wrong with that trail. There is less of a chance for a slide than Chumash. Seriously, the single track was PERFECT! Don't hesitate to go.
      JP a 37 year old riding a Banshee Scream


    • Trail UpdateRain Damage?-Sorry, this isn't an update, it's an inquiry. Has anyone been up/down Hummingbird since the recent deluge? If so, did the torrential rains alter the terrain at all? I'm planning a ride up Rocky Peak Fire Road then down Hummingbird on Sunday and I'd appreciate a head's up on any washed out sections, mudholes or landslides that may have occurred.
      The B00giem0n a Weekend Warrior


    • Trail UpdateGood Conditions!-Did a Rocky Peak area loop on Saturday 10/30. From my place in Chatsworth, I went up Santa Susanna to Rocky Peak Fireroad, down Hummingbird, over and up Las Llajas, and back down Johnsons Motorway. Hummingbird is in excellent shape after the past two rainstorms, and was a blast to descend, as always. The dirt is nice and tacky, of course, and there was only a very small amount of erosion to Hummingbird. The rain has only improved the conditions here. Also, I did a similar loop the week before on Saturday (10/23), where I climbed Chumash. It was after the first storm, but before the second. Anyway, Chumash looked great also. As far as the ruts on Chumash, they were only on the upper half, and were pretty small. No big deal, and I think overall the rain really helped Chumash. The ruts may be bigger after the second storm, but still probably an overall improvement. And as the other comments point out, regular use will smooth the ruts out anyway, and for now the give the trail some more character! As for Las Llajas and Johnsons, I will post my comments on their respective trailheads page. But I will say, yeah, Las Llajas and Johnsons Motorway are in great condition also. Let the trails dry out right after a storm, but otherwise get out there and ride!!!
      Ride distance: 25 miles Elevation change: 4000
      Pilot a 32 year old Racer riding a Spider SPV from Chatsworth


    • Trail UpdateNobody Said They Were Going To-fill the ruts, it will happen naturally as people hike and ride over it. Chumash sees a ton of traffic and it won't be long before the handicapped access is restored
      a Cross-Country Rider


    • Trail UpdateDon't Fill The Ruts!-The trail is finally regaining some character. I say let the blasted thing lick its own wounds and let's enjoy the trail.
      Upchuck a 38 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a TurnIFreeMondONAdynaGT1x1


    • Trail UpdateTook A Beating From The Rains-Most of the trail is rutted right down the center from the rain. Many of the inside turns have a ton of washout sand in them some. The soft ash/sand sections are rutted but rideable now.

      with the high traffic this trail receives it should be great in a couple weeks after all the ruts get filled/packed down.
      Ride distance: Elevation change:
      a Cross-Country Rider from Simi


    • Trail UpdateLas Llajas Addition-I think it is legal as long as you don't hop the Poe Ranch
      gate. That's the one with all the explicit no trespassing stuff.
      The connector that veers off to the right just before that gate
      does have a cheap Home Depot no trespassing sign, but I
      think it is meant for the oil pumps and rigs just off the road
      and not the road itself. If you do the loop backwards you
      wouldn't see the sign until you reached Las Llajas, and once
      you've gotten that far, you are on Simi Park and Rec land
      anyway. Look at the "Las Llajas" entry in the "trailheads"
      section for more info. It is one of the better trails and or loops
      in Simi.
      Kosmo a 34 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Cannondale Jekyll 600 from Simi


    • Trail UpdateTrail Loop-This sunday I went of a ride that started at the end of North Ridge by some new homes. The trail went down Las LLajas road and ended up on rocky peak road and took chumash trail. Is it illegal to take that road for a trail? I did go through a no traspassing sign but I saw other tire tracks on the road so I went for it. It was the best loop I have ever done. It took a while because I was taking it in. Has anyone done this before?
      Leo from Simi Valley


    • Trail UpdateLooks Like A Nuke Hit It-Rode this Thurs. looks like a bomb hit the place. Chumash is open (no sign saying it's closed), but there's a sign at Rocky Peak that says Area Closed Hazardous Conditions. If you ride it please don't cut it or ride off Trail the area is really fragile now and riding off trail can ruin the area for everyone.


    • Trail UpdateOpen ??-Is the trail open? Probably quite interesting.
      John Boy a Weekend Warrior


    • Trail UpdateOpen ??-Is the trail open? Probably quite interesting.
      John Boy a Weekend Warrior


    • Trail UpdateOpen ??-Is the trail open? Probably quite interesting.
      John Boy a Weekend Warrior


    • Trail UpdateOpen ??-Is the trail open? Probably quite interesting.
      John Boy a Weekend Warrior


    • Trail UpdateChumash/Johnson's/Hummingbird-Nice cool cloudy day for this loop on Sunday. We went up Chumash, down Johnson's Motorway over to Santa Sussana Pass than up to Rocky Peak and down Hummingbird and back to the cars. I was curious to see what condition Chumash was in having read and heard about the trail work done to it. Well, no doubt it's been defanged so to speak. Still a good cardio workout with a couple moderately technical rocky areas but a shadow of it's former self. Good news is Johnson's Motorway is in the best shape I have ever seen--ie, very rocky and technical, a real blast and a lot of fun. It's amazing what a couple good rains will do to Johnson's and it was far better than the last time I rode it some months back.Heading up the Rocky Peak fireroad to Hummingbird is a good grunt (8 tenths of a mile but over 500 feet of climbing)but you get the reward of descending Hummingbird. I have seen some posts about work on this trail but I really didn't notice much change. There are some sections that are overgrown with mustard plants but otherwise excellent conditions.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 14 miles Elevation change: 2600'
      Dan from T.O. riding a Intense Tracer


    • Trail UpdateSS Pass, Rocky Peak, Hummingbird-rode from my house up the pass, up Rocky Peak to Hummingbird, down Hummingbird then streets back to the house.
      Fun ride - I haven't been on that loop for a while. The fence at the bottom of hummingbird has ped/bike access and there is still parking at the bottom though limited. Hummingbird is pretty overgrown in sections but still a blast. Fun ride especially since the weather has kept it cool. The fence at the bottom has also slowed hiker traffic coming up making it great for descending.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 10 miles Elevation change: 1100 ft
      Singletrack=30% Dirt Road=20% Paved Path=50%
      a Cross-Country Rider riding a Sugar 3+ from Simi


    • Trail UpdateHummingbird-hey, thanks man...next time i ride there i will scope it out more carefully...



    • Trail UpdateFenced Off?-Hey Andy, it seems like the fence was erected to keep vehicular traffic out of the dirt lot. They've provided for public right of way to Hummingbird by leaving a gate in the fence with just enough space for people to ride/walk through. I rode Hummingbird yesterday morning, and the gate was open when I got to the bottom around 11am. It's alongside the road, at one of the two main "entrances" to the dirt lot.
      The B00giem0n a Weekend Warrior riding a Specialized


    • Trail UpdateHummy Bird...-after descending hummingbird i always ended up in a big open hilly dirt lot. the road is right there and i would simply ride under the freeway overpass and back to my car which i always left at santa susanna park. today however, when i made it to the lot, there's a metal fence that has been erected around the entire perimeter...anyone know anything about this? is there a different exit somewhere at the bottom of the trail?

      Andy a 33 year old Die-hard Enthusiast


    • Trail UpdateTrailblazers Are Dhers?-They put the waterbars for us dhers. The trail needed to be tougher. Thanks guys.
      smut a Downhiller


    • Trail UpdateThe Rancho Simi TrailBlazers don't create large dips; they dig little troths maybe 3 or 4 inches deep & line the edges with baseball size rocks so it "looks pretty". Their water control work does not last one rain. I've worked with them (twice). And Iíve not seen them ever create a correct/good rolling dip using rocks as a base. Thatís too much work & demands everyone work together, they all scatter apart & each person does their own thing. Frustrating.

      ET riding a Switchblade from Simi


    • Trail UpdateHummingbird-Top and bottom have been severly damaged by Rancho Simi TrailBlazers in an effort to create "waterbars".
      Watch for large dips!
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 1/2 miles Elevation change:
      MK a 24 year old Racer riding a C-Dale Raven from Simi Valley


    • Trail UpdateGreat Day To Ride-Rode up Rockey Peak, down Chumash and up Hummingbird. It was a nice 75 degrees in the middle of winter, aren't we lucky to live in SoCal. A few hikers on the trail, overall it was in good shape. We could always use some rain though to make the local mountains a little greener.

      Racer chick a 29 year old Cross-Country Rider from SCV


    • Trail UpdateHorses On Chumash-Hey have you been on Chumash lately. Some people shouldn't ride horses after the rain. They ruin the trail with 2 to 5 inch horse footprints. All you hikers complain about us bikers but there is never a mention of the horse back riders. Does anyone want to help me remove the dirt from the top rocky sections??? No more teeth left at the top. I would like to bring it back by removing the dirt.
      a 28 year old Weekend Warrior riding a GT


    • Trail UpdateCorriganville Trail?-Wow, I thought Corriganville and Hope Town were "underneath" those homes built over there! Once, when I was dumb, I rode my motorcycle to Hope Town from Chatsworth... How do you get to the tunnel-side trail head, say from Santa Susanna?

      Have a burger and a root beer at the Walck In for me.
      EBasil riding a Manitou HT from San Diego


    • Trail UpdateBoogieman-Hey Boogieman,

      Lets ride....I live down the street from you
      a 38 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a big hit


    • Trail UpdateCorriganville To Hummingbird-Hey, thanks for all the offers of guidance you guys. However, I did "find" the trail from Hummingbird to Corriganville myself. The big green sign at Corriganville let me know where the trail begins, and I followed the little green "<- trail" markers as I rode up.

      The previous posts were right, the trail seems to be more of a hike, but riding it served to satisfy my curiosity -- I had seen riders on the trail a few times as I drove by on the 118 and simply wanted to know where it was. I like the Hummingbird ride a lot more and will stick with it.
      The B00giem0n a 35 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Big Hit from Simi Valley


    • Trail UpdateEasy-Hey Boogieman

      I show you this trail. Been all over that mountain for 20 years. Use to be able to drive your car up when I was a kid. I live right down the street from you on Kuehner. Email me at simidhmtb@hotmail.com

      The trail isn't riden much because it is more of a hiking trail. Hummingbird is way better...good flow, more technical and a blast. Email me at simidhmtb@hotmail.com

      38 year old diehard Enthusiast, riding a big hit


    • Trail UpdateCorriganville To Hummingbird-I've hiked the animal trail a few of times, a very nice trail especially after it rains (except for the bombers messing it up just North of the freeway). One time when I was hiking down a biker was riding up! Couldn't believe it, it's a tough climb. I've come down on my bike, only a couple of real steep spots, keeps you alert. If you walk any part of Chumash or Hummingbird, best to stay off this one. If your interested in riding it, I suggest you hike it from Corriganville first, then ride it the next time. This is a well established trail, don't see why it should be secret.
      Ride rating: Expert


    • Trail UpdateConniganville To Humingbird-Hmm, I spoke too soon. I answered the previous posting without reading the whole thread. My mistake.
      Although there is a trail that connects Hummingbird to Corriganville, It is a more of a hiking trail, and should probably stay as such. Maybe OK for a superhardcore rider, but not much fun for anyone else.
      Some trails are just best left to the hikers, and this is one of them.
      Superhoob a 39 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Gary Fisher Sugar 3+ from Simi


    • Trail UpdateCorriganville To Huminbird-There is a trail the goes from the end of Corriganville, down by the train tunnel, off to the left, up under the wild life right-of-way tunnel that passes under the freeway, and keeps going either up to the Hummingbird, of right below it on Rocky Peak fire road. I forget exactly where it ends up. It is a bitch up hill grunt, more like a hiking trail. I was pissed off and way tired when I got to the top, and I forget where exaclty I came out. Going down would be better, but not as good as Hummingbird.
      Superhoob a 39 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Gary Fisher Sugar 3+ from Simi


    • Trail UpdateChumash/Humbird/Corriganville-There is no connector to Hummingbird from Corriganville as the park map shows, there is however a connector to Chumash to Hummingbird. From Kuhner (base of hummingbird) go northwest up through the small saddle and follow the dirt road around the edge of the cemmetry. Along the edge of the road there are no tresspassing signs, but the signs deliniate the cemmetry boundry and you don't actually tresspass into it. Follow the dirt road around to the big water tank, and take the water tank access road down to the trailhead at chumash.

      The trail you see off of the 118 between rocky peak and humming bird is an old abandoned fire road which has been called animal trail for years. It is not maintained and is difficult to hike up. All of the smack the boneheads are spewing comes from downhill only riders who have cut a bunch of trails in the area and want it kept secret so they won't get kicked out for tearing up the hillside.
      Lost coyote a 49 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Trek Fuel 100 from Santa Susana Knolls


    • Trail UpdateHummingbird/Chumash-Hey B00giem0n, if you want I can show you the way. E-mail me.
      A FREEriding freerider a Die-hard Enthusiast riding a the 2 wheeled kind


    • Trail UpdateHummingbird-Thanks for the support Matt. The connector trail is listed on a public map at the entrance to Corriganville park, how secret can it be?

      I was simply trying to save myself an uphill run -- being an asthmatic mountain biker has its pitfalls. I live close enough to the Hummingbird trailhead that I can watch people coming down the hill (with said binoculars). Now I'm being cautioned not to look for a trail that is almost literally in my front yard. That's sad.

      The B00giem0n a 35 year old riding a Giving up mountain biking :( from Simi Valley


    • Trail UpdateI have never met an adventurous mountain biker who does not wonder when they see people riding down a trail. That is how we all find new places to ride. As you can see from his posts here, B00giem0n seems to have nothing but respect for the outdoors. WHoever this other person is who seems to be giving him a hard time for asking some very basic and good questions, RELAX. Those riders that hide information and appear offended and secreative about areas cause much more damage for us mountain bikers. If bikers are allowed to be there then they should have nothing to hide. It is when people appear to be hiding something that problems occur.
      As for the trail maintance that you seem so upset about, remember that this trail was around long before any of us were mountain biking on it. No matter how much we would like to think differently, mountain bikers cause significant amounts of damage to the trails we ride. We should be thanking those who fix our trails, even if they make them a little less fun to ride.
      B00giem0n, enjoy your searches and let us all know what you find. Happy riding....
      Matt a 34 year old Cross-Country Rider


    • Trail UpdateHummingbird Connecter-for the people looking for a trail that conects hummingbird to the park,dont bother with what you see off the 118.and dont post what you see on this site.the reason that its there is because those who know keep it to themselves.


    • Trail UpdateCorriganville Connector-Don't get me wrong, I have more respect for our environment than to rampage down every coyote trail.

      As the Hummingbird/Corriganville traverse appears on the map at the entrance to Corriganville park, I expected it to be a well-traveled path -- the kind easily spotted with a pair of binoculars which is how I've conducted my investigations.

      Thus far, I haven't spotted anything that looks like a well used trail and I haven't seen any markers, so I wondered as to the existence of a connector.

      The B00giem0n a 35 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Specialized Big Hit from Simi Valley


    • Trail UpdateB00giem0n-Pls. don't go off-trail up there in Simi looking down every coyote trail for some riding. And if you do, don't post about it.

      I'm still PO'd about those focks up there that pickaxed Chumash.


    • Trail UpdateCorriganville Connector?-On a few occasions, while headed East on the 118, I've spotted riders on a trail close to the right side of the freeway. Peering left, directly across the 118 from where I've spotted these riders, I can see what looks like some fun singletrack descending from the direction of Rocky Peak/Hummingbird.

      After riding the Rocky Peak/Hummingbird loop the other day, I stopped at Corriganville park and examined the trail map. It shows a connector trail coming down from Hummingbird that hooks up with the Corriganville loop.

      I've ridden Hummingbird a couple of times now, and have investigated several trails that branch off of the main one, but have not been able to find the Corriganville connector. Does anyone know where it begins?
      The B00giem0n a 35 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Specialized Big Hit from Simi Valley


    • Trail UpdateChumash Trail Work-

      In reference to post from John Sabol. First, thanks for the post John, and especially for leaving your e-mail address. A few comments...

      Your response is fairly typical of what I've been hearing over the last three or so years from various trail work efforts. I've participated on a few trail work crews for CORBA and fairly regularly attend some CORBA meetings (everyone, please join). Trail work and the issue of "sanitizing" trails has been a major topic of discussion at CORBA meetings and other meetings for more than a year. It's a serious discussion, and the fact that you see five or six posts on it here should be an indicator of how strongly some feel about this issue. I belive that these posts DO represent a significant group of users, and very likely, A MAJORITY of users (hikers, as well as bikers).

      As a biker and hiker, I and many others prefer a "more natural" trail, with all it's eccentricities - not a smooth and powered mess (we need some rain!). Novice hikers who can get more than 2 miles up the chumash trail can certainly walk over/around a few, short rocky sections. Children - mine live to jump from rock to rock, climb on/over them, they're bored stiff otherwise. Hikers in the dark...

      I've been riding this trail for about five years (not very often), and the sections did not appear to be "problem sections". Whenever/wherever trail work is done, sections with a few obstacles always get labeled problem spots - when, in most cases, these problem spots have existed for years without any problem.

      I (and others) do appreciate the efforts of guys like you who take the time to go out and do trail work - but I/we would do it differently and leave more nature in the trails.

      PS - Still a nice/tough climb up Chumash. I prefer the up Chumash, down/up Johnson, and down Hummingbird for a relative quick and fun 16 mile loop (see earlier post).

      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 16 miles Elevation change: ~3500 ft ?
      Singletrack=75% Dirt Road=25%
      John Wallace a n OLD guy year old from Agoura


    • Trail UpdateChumash/Johnson's Motorway-Took a ride Saturday with Mr. Old Bones up Chumash and down Johnson's before reversing course and heading back the same way. We were interested in checking out the "work" which had been done to Chumash. I have to agree with some of the previous posts in that a good part of the technical areas have been taken out or had the difficulty level decreased. Up through the first 2 miles there were subtle changes but the first big change is after the 2 mile mark where the rocky climb was after the right hand turn--just a bunch of loose silt now. Really a shame. Farther up the rocky technical areas still seem to be there but they seem to have been defanged so to speak. Hopefully some rain this fall/winter will help them and the general looseness.Even with the reduced techical factor it can still be a bear to climb when it's hot and there is no breeze. Johnson's Motorway remains the same as usual. I have never really understood the comments about Johnson's such as "It will rattle your fillings" and so forth. There is nothing extremely techical about the trail. Sure, there are a lot of sandstone outcroppings but the advanced rider can clean it up or down without too much trouble. Actually the sandy washes are a little trickier than the sandstone areas. However, it still a lot of fun and well worth the ride.
      Ride distance: 11miles Elevation change: 2500'
      Singletrack=80% Dirt Road=20%
      Dan from T.O. riding a Intense Tracer


    • Trail UpdateHummingbird/Chumash-When my wife and I go for a ride we stay on designated trails for the most part. The only reason we would venture off is if the natural obstacles that would challange our ridding ability were removed. If ridding off trails destroys the natural habitat, then is not removing natural obstacals from designated trails doing the same? If people want a nice easy hike or ride,they should choose trails and fire roads that would accomodate them rather than altering the more difficult ones. The single tracks and trails that have rocks, fallen trees, etc. should be left that way so there is a variety of trails to choose from.
      Dirtbikedude68 a Downhiller riding a Kona Stinky from Chatsworth


    • Trail UpdateThank you John, fair response.
      How about letting us (Mountain Bikers) know about when you, or Bob have planned trail maintenance in the Simi area
      (like the one for Hummingbird next weekend: July 20'th ???)
      Also have Bob (or whoever) update his site, the link for Rancho Simi Trail Blazers does not work:
      Maybe we can help if we know what your trail work schedules are...

      ET a 45 year old riding a mountain bike that needs maintenance from Simi Valley


    • Trail UpdateChumash Trail-Concerning complaints about trail work on the Chumash: I don't ride but know bikers and work with CORBA trail crew when I can. I am the trail crew leader for the Rancho Simi Trail Blazers. We are volunteer group of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Parks District and maintain all of Simi Valley trails, Chumash, Hummingbird, Mt. McCoy, Stagecoach, etc. Our trails are multi-use trails and as such are for all users. What may be a wonderful technical challenge for a bike rider is a hazard for novice hikers, children, or hikers walking in the dark.

      Our trails are getting hammered. Its been a dry year and the dirt just goes to powder. All repairs were done to eliminate sections that had excessive side slope, were heavily grooved and/or eroded or had other serious hazards.

      Our trail crews are always supervised by trained trail crew leaders. Usually several experienced people confer on the best way to correct a problem. We attempt to make the trail safer for everyone, not leaving the trail "interesting" for advanced bike riders.

      The arguments about downhill speed and conflicts are specious. Although some riders do ride too fast, most are considerate, some are also hikers and realize we all share the trails.

      Since our work parties have been thanked for our work by the majority of both hikers and bikers, I feel that the writers complaints do not reflect the views of the vast majority of trail users.

      John Sabol riding a None from Simi Valley


    • Trail UpdateChu...then Hum...-This is a great ride that can be done in a relatively short amount of time. Perfect for either before or after work. Riding UP Chumash is a great workout. Yes it is a bummer that the cool spiky rock section has been pulverized into SAND...Still though, some rocky, challenging spots remain that take me a few tries but they are ALL clean-able. Its all about HAMMERING! Love it, love it, love it...

      Ride distance: miles 9 Elevation change:
      Hellhammerer a 32 year old Die-hard Enthusiast


    • Trail UpdateNo More Rock Beds - Well, 2 Left-Went up Chumash, dn/up Johnson, and dn Hummingbird on Sat 5/11. As noted by previsous posts, Chumash has really been smoothed out at the top. It is really disappointing that work like this gets done. If hiking, the rock beds are no big deal (especially if one is a strong enough hiker to get more than 2 miles up this trail). For most mtb's, this is what makes the sport, and allows you to improve. Note that many of the "fun" places along Hummingbird have also been "sanitized" over the last couple of years. To put it bluntly - the work stinks, and should not be allowed in the name of "trail maintenance". It is up to mtb'ers to join these trailwork groups and change the process. Painful, but necessary.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 16 miles Elevation change: ~3500 ft
      Singletrack=65% Dirt Road=35%
      John Wallace a 42 year old Die-hard Enthusiast from Agoura Hills


    • Trail UpdateYes Still More Fang Removal-Rode rocky peak to chumash loop today. Sadly, more work had been done to the top of chumash. The short uphill rockbed near the top has been smoothed over (chipped away and/or covered with dirt). I was passing (and playing nice) a small group of hikers at that point. When I said "wow, I was expecting some rocks here", one replied "we got rid of them 2 weeks ago". They seemed very proud of their work. Whatever. Smoother trails = more riders and hikers = more conflict potential.

      The climbs on the fireroad are increasingly loose. Still fun but fading fast.
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      VernVernVernVern a 38 year old Weekend Warrior riding a jekyl from Simi


    • Trail UpdateChumash Looses It's Fangs-ET is correct. The rock gardens were there as recently as December and were missed on Sunday. Sad, the mising places helped me become a better rider. Still a great ride with a good climb and views of simi and san fernendo valley. The fire road climb from the highway is only mildly loose right now (it will only get worse into summer)
      Vern of the Vern a 39 year old Weekend Warrior riding a c'dale jekyll 3000 cause my raven died from simi valley


    • Trail UpdateJust so those that are new to this trail, it's a shadow of what it once was. Only two years ago there were 4 or 5 difficult places, now there's maybe 2.
      Much trail (work?) has been done the past year to make Chumash more "hiker friendly", the most recient has been removing two rock garden's each about 50 & 100 yards from the top (Sigh) At lease there's not a lot they can do on Hummingbird since there's so many rocky areas (Not if those people that are cutting the trail would only STOP!)
      ET riding a worn-out URL from Simi Valley


    • Trail UpdateChumash-Rocky Peak-I exited the 118 at Yosemite went to Flanagan(right) to the Chumash trailhead. It is a 2.6 mile climb to the Rocky Peak fire road. Chumash was a tough ride for me, the last half mile or so was more of a hike than bike. i am impressed with anyone who can ride that part of it, there are a lot of rocks and tough spots to get over. Besides the fact that you need to be in good shape just to get to the top. What great views of the valley though once you get to the fire road. It was nice to finally get to go downhill. so I took Chumash to the top--took Rocky Peak to the right and then went down to Santa Susanna pass road--took the street back to Keuhner. Yeah, I made it easy and had one car parked there---wasnt sure if I could get down Hummingbird or find my way back to Chumash. Worked out great if you arent looking to kill yourself with all the hills!My last few posting have been deleted after a day or so, so I will see how long this one lasts!
      Ride distance: 9.5miles Elevation change:
      Paula a 37 year old riding a GT


    • Trail UpdateChumash/Hummingbird Loop-Rode the classic route this weekend up Chumash and down Hummingbird and the trails are in excellent condition. As always, the last half mile up Chumash is very technical and the ride down Hummingbird is the same. I noticed Upchuck's post below indicating he's cleaned the whole ride up to the top of Chumash and that is very impressive due to the conditioning required to ride up the rocky portions not to mention there are some tricky spots. The vast majority of riders, even advanced ones, will be doing a little bit of hike a bike the last half mile up Chumash.
      By the way, once down at the bottom of Hummingbird you can cut NW through the hills back to Flannagan street without trespassing on the mortuary property by riding to the east of their property. This saves you 3-4 miles of street riding and this loop is a little under 9.5 miles.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 9.5miles Elevation change: 1500-2000'
      Singletrack=50% Dirt Road=50%


    • Trail UpdateChumash-upchuck2 - i wouldnt mind ridin with you guys, but i havent got any lights for the night rides. not only that, i've got limited time to ride. i usually ride early early sunday mornings, friday nights after work and maybe a quick one or two during the week. i'm usually riding over in the long canyon/albertson motorway/cheeseboro area.
      anyway...sounds like you guys would smoke me on those uphills though. i cant climb for crap. i've got endurance, but no power whatsoever. i go slooooow. i usually use the excuse that i'm ridin a 35 lb bike, but seein as yer ridin a stinky, yer probably right up there around 35 lbs too. how is that stinky primo by the way. 2000 or 2001? i'm ridin a 2000 stinky. it's a great bike. i love it.

      erik a 30 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a bike from simi


    • Trail UpdateNice Loop, Erik-I haven't actually tried the option of leaving Johnson's Mtrwy through the neighborhood and then back over to Santa Suzanna Pass.

      I usually climb the Pass and descend either Hummingbird or Chumash. On our night rides we do Chumash as an out-and-back. And yes, we do clean it to the top. I hate to say this, (ok, I actually enjoy saying this) but we climb the trail with no lights. It is an absolute blast trying to pick your lines in the moonlight. It takes some getting used to, but you become a much better rider when you can't map out your lines ahead of time. Once we reach the top, we lower the seats and snap on the lights for the screaming descent.
      You should join us for one of our rides!

      Upchuck2 a 34 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Stinky Primo from Thousand Oaks


    • Trail UpdateChumash/johnson Mtwy/hummingbird-i just got back from doing a loop that started with climbing chumash. this was the first time i have ever attemtped climbing it. i've been down it a thousand times. i didnt even come close to cleaning it. that upper section was just impossible. can anybody actually clean that stuff??? after climbing chumash, i made my way over to johnson motorway. like i said, i've climbed rocky peak and descended chumash more times than i can count, and i had no idea this johnson motorway trail even existed. i guess i was just going too fast around that turn where the trailhead is located to notice it. anyway...i descended johnson motorway. i read some reviews of the trail and a couple of guys tried it on hardtails and said it'd be a lot better with full suspension. well...i'm here to tell you that i went down it with on full-suspension thats normally plush as marshmellows and that trail still kicked the caca outta me. by the time i made it to the bottom, my arms felt like wet noodles. not the funnest, but if you are lookin to add some mileage to your ride, it might be worth checkin out. got to the bottom of johnson motorway and made my way through that neighborhood of mansions that are unfrigginreal, and over to santa susanna pass. up the pass to rocky peak. up rocky peak, which is the smoothest i've seen it in awhile, to the hummingbird trailhead. down hummingbird. it's been awhile since i've been down hummingbird. that sure as hell is a fun trail. and for the tiny amount of climbing required to get to it, you sure do get a lot of bang for you buck on that trail.
      towards the bottom where the switchbacks are, i saw the "shortcuts" or whatever that people have created down the middle of the switchback. what the hell is with that??? whoever you are, if you happen to read this...
      QUIT IT.
      if the designated trail isnt fun enough for you, go ride somewhere else. yer gonna ruin it for everybody with that crap.
      anyway...finished off the ride by takin the streets back to flanagan where my car was parked. 15 miles total. about 2 /2 hours of riding time. and at 6:00 in the morning, it sure is beautiful out there. the light that comes from the sun at that time of the day is just magical.

      erik a 30 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a bike from simi


    • Trail UpdateHummingbird-Just did this trail and it is as good as it has ever been. From the top to the bottom everything is doable if you choose the right line.

      Now, as for the A-holes that are cutting the switchbacks near the bottom. Stop it already. Do you want another trail with restrictions. It is probably a combination of moronic bikers going down and lazy sh!t head hickers climbing up. STAY ON THE TRAIL!!!!

      Gravitygod a 28 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Cannondale cross country set up from Winnetka


    • Trail UpdateBiking & Hiking (my 2 Cents)-Took this incredible ride on Hummingbird the other day, and it was awesome fun. I Bike (and Hike), and agree with keeping it safe! There are plenty of trails where bikers and hikers cohabitate just fine--this should apply here too, without threats from bikers or hikers chasing me down for revenge! I have had dirt thrown in my face while I slowed down, gotten my biked kicked, and once got the finger (I can get that on the freeway)!

      Lets just try to get along. Nobody wants the trail closed to any one sector, so slow down, stay on the trail, and be nice---smile, don't threaten people just because you don't like bikers (or hikers).
      Chuck a 32 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Klein from Simi


    • Trail UpdateDH'rs Ruin Hummingbird-Did a little spin down Hummingbird yesterday, had a great run. Halfway down while doing all the switchbacks i got sick to my stomach after seeing the continued damage caused by some idiots carving a path straight down thru the switchbacks, it is higher than the last time i was here, and eroding fast.
      THEY WILL CLOSE OUR TRAILS IF THIS CONTINUES!!! They are already trying to close Suicide. They HAVE close many trails down in Aliso-wood.
      I am not just an old xc fart, i too love the sick, but the sick "is" where the sick is "found". You might not care because you just want your fun, but you are f*cking up big time. If i catch you up there i will chase your ass all the way to your shuttle-mobile and we'll see how ya deal.
      I'm sure the people doing this are illiterate, so never read this site, if you can, tell your Dh friends to stop NOW! peace, sickness and riding forever.......
      RazoR a 43 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Heckler from Newbury Park


    • Trail UpdateWimps On Bikes, Part I-Decided to go on a Fitness Mountain Bike ride up the Chumash trail and then down Hummingbird, I thought, to test new RockShox suspension seat post added to my Response. Started up Chumash, it was rough, but doable for the most part, until I got to some really steep places. Had to stop and let my racing heart slow down, then walk bike up. It was hot and I was soon soaked with sweat. Trail got steeper and rockier. There were many boulders and rocky places that I didn't feel comfortable riding over. The steepness caused me to rest more and more often, and walk the bike over steep places more and more often. Met some hikers going down the trail. Made mental note to get incredibell for mountain bike (I already have one on commuter bike) because of many blind curves on trail. A biker racing down the trail would splatter me for sure, I have no qualms about ringing the bell continuously as I go up. Was passed by two hikers as I continued on the trail. From about 1.8 miles up was walking bike more than riding. Met a rider coming down, he was actually hopping his bike over the boulders. Gee, guys actually do that! Finally reached the Rocky Peak Trail after 2.5 hard miles. Now a different kind of torture with the steep, bumpy, rutty downgrade. The new seat post made this bearable, without it I wouldn't even attempt off road riding. Sometimes I let the bike go all out, mostly I was riding the rear break. Reached the junction with Hummingbird, but opted for the Devil I know, and continued down Rocky Peak. Started to learn to ride in the tracks of other bikers before me in order to choose the best route. Went past one place with huge rut in trail. Met several bikers riding up the trail, without helmets, no less! Finally got to trailhead, without even one spill. Rode back down Santa Susana pass to home, to find that wife had started to worry and gone out looking for me. When she got home I took her out to eat at the Buffet King restaurant on Erringer , probably putting on all the weight I lost on the ride.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 2.5 Elevation change: 1000
      Singletrack=90% Dirt Road=100% Truck Trail=10%
      Bald Biker a 43 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a GT Slipstream for commuting, Diamondback Response from Simi Valley URL: Tim the Bald's personal web site


    • Trail UpdateDoesn't Get Much Better.......-Perfect conditions prevail right now. Perfect weather too. Climbed Hummingbird up to Rocky Peak (ouch!), then over to Chumash for the ride back down. The new cemetary at the bottom near the freeway threatens to cut off the dirt trail access between the bottom of Chumash and Kuehner Rd. Lots of no trespassing signs all around, but so far the trail remains. Happy trails and don't forget to respect all users!
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Singletrack=70% Dirt Road=30%
      Tim Tommasino a 36 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Specialized S-Works from Northridge


    • Trail UpdateRocky Peak/Hummingbird-Got out of work a little early today and decided to get in an evening ride. Co-worker and I parked at Kuehner in the dirt and rode along the street to Santa Susanna Pass. ]
      The climb was nice and gradual with minimal traffic for 4:30PM. Reached the Rocky Peak trailhead and stretched the spindly legs.

      Rode through the gate and ALMOST cleaned the railroad tie. I got hung up on my big ring. Made a mental note to file down the teeth so it won't catch on logs and rocks...

      Rocky Peak FR is in fantastic shape! Mild ruts and very tacky from the recent rains. Stopped at Hummingbird for another stretch and pointed the hardtails down the trail.

      I've never seen the trail in such awesome shape: Tacky, yet no mud. Rocks are exposed making the technical sections a real treat. Switchbacks are clean and rocky/rutted at times for a great challenge.

      My only complaint is the occassional shortcut created by moronic riders who are obviously too dimwitted to even attempt to learn how to ride a switchback.

      If you haven't been on this trail for awhile, or if you've never had the opportunity, get your bike over there and ride it!

      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 6 miles Elevation change:
      Singletrack=45% Dirt Road=30% Paved Path=25%
      Upchuck2 a 34 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a CHUCK bike from TO


    • Trail UpdateDid this loop Super Bowl Sunday. Started at Chumash trailhead up to Rocky Peak fire road. Chumash was in excellent condition due to the past rain. Once we reached the top of Chumash we headed up to Johnson's motorway. Lowered seat and bombed the motorway. (Sight distance is very good down the motorway so you can really let it roll, as opposed to going down Chumash, with its limited sight distance). Going down Chumash is still hella fun, don't get me wrong. Anyway once at the bottom of the motorway we made our way through the neighborhood and out onto Santa Susana pass. We headed up the pass to the Rocky Peak trailhead. Rocky Peak is in the best condition I've seen it in a while. 1\3 of the way up is one of the funnest downhills around."Hummingbird". Lowered the seat again and away we went. About 3\4 of the way down found a new line. Little step up to the left followed by a sweet 5 to 6 foot drop.fun stuff right there. Once at the bottom of the trail we crossed over Kuehner and made our way back to the truck. I think this part is private property so I won't say exactly which way we went. All in all sweet little loop.(especially this time of year)
      Ride rating: Novice
      Singletrack=70% Dirt Road=20% Paved Path=10%
      420 kid a 28 year old from moorpark


    • Trail UpdateChumash / Hummingbird Loop-Did this ride on Tuesday with Dabreeze and Tep, started in the dirt lot on Kuenner and made our way west to Yosemite and eventually to the bottom of Chumash..
      This trail is an awesome trail to climb, it has enough of technical section with short steep sections that is all rocks, it's all balance and strenght, we couldn't clean the whole climb, a couple of sections gave us a hard time, but next time maybe we'll clean it.
      Reached Rocky Peak Fire road, made a right (does anyone know what that single track on the left is and where it goes to, not far east of chumash?) and eventually reached the trailhead for Hummingbird..
      Lower our seats and bombs away, this trail is so fun and with all the rock formations, you almost think your in Moab, this was my second time out on this trail and it is all very ridable and cleanable, even the rock sections are not as tough as they might seem.
      Overall a great loop, looking forward to comming back.

      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 12.5 miles Elevation change:
      JoeTruth a Cross-Country Rider riding a Ellsworth Truth from Altadena


    • Trail UpdateRocky Peak/Chumash Loop-Started at the 118 Frwy at Rocky Peak, to the top of Chumash then down, across Simi Valley and up Santa Susana Rd back to the truck. Perfect conditions for a killer night-ride, as always, HOWEVER, WHO ARE THE IDIOTS OUT THERE PURPOSELY RUINING THIS JEWEL OF A TRAIL? DO NOT REMOVE THE ROCKY SECTIONS THAT YOU CAN'T QUITE CLEAN ON YOUR DOWNHILL BIKE. IMPROVE YOUR RIDING SKILLS, NOT THE TRAIL!!!! Besides, removing the technical, natural character of this trail only serves to allow the "downhill gang" to bomb this trail even faster, WHICH WE DON'T NEED. This is a multi-use trail that is at times full of horses and hikers. Please respect other users and the trail itself. LEAVE IT ALONE, PLEASE!
      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 16 miles Elevation change:
      Singletrack=30% Dirt Road=40% Paved Path=30%
      Tim Tommasino a 36 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Specialized S-Works from Northridge


    • Trail UpdateBulls On Parade-It was time to check another "must do" off my list so Chumash-Hummingbird was the call. I thought we were headed for Chumash but we went straight on Yosemite to the end and found ourselves on Las Llajas canyon fire road. The first problem we had was a big long-horn steer staring me down from about 30 yards up the road. Now, I'm not a livestock expert so I was looking for his huevos to see if we were dealing with a possessive bull. Yep. Then just behind him about 100 yards was a herd of about 20, all with long horns. Great, even the chicks had long horns! Slowly we moved forward and the bull trotted away. This encounter happened about 6 times in the next 4 miles. We got so comfortable around these giant animals that we started pretending to round 'em up. "Yaaaaaahhh!!!! Yaaaaaaaahh!!" We screamed as we chase each herd down the road.

      Anyway, after several miles of riding and reading signs telling us where we were and how they would torture us if captured, we took a random right turn at an oil rig in hopes that it would connect with the Rocky Peak fire road. Some how, some way, it did. Sooooo lucky. From there we took rocky peak towards the Hummingbird trail. Rocky peak fire road is super fun in itself and exteremly beautiful. The name is appropriate as the rock formations are fantastic and go on for miles and miles.

      We took the right onto h-bird and lowered our seats for the descent. What a trail, twisting through rock monuments, tight turns, jumps, all kinds of fun to be had. Around 2 miles later you'll be at the bottom where your car should be waiting. Wonderful ride, just be sure to climb Chumash and avoid las llajas "bull" canyon.

      Good luck to you.
      Dusty Bottoms


    • Trail UpdateChumash/Hummingbird-Rode the trails 6/17. The day started cool and cloudy--figured it would be a good day to ride up Chumash than down Hummingbird. Unfortunately the clouds parted so Chumash was it's typical June roaster on the way up. It was pretty obvious a lot of riders avoid this trail this time of year due to the heat. Other than me and my 2 buds, we saw only 1 other rider and 1 hiker. Chumash was in good shape though their are a couple lose sections which will slow you down.For those not familiar with Chumash, it's about a 2.6-2.7 mile climb. For the first couple miles it's a steady climb but not too technical. However the last half mile has some serious technical rocky stretches which are difficult enough but even more so because of the fact the first 2 miles wears you down with the unrelenting heat, bugs( real bad this day!) and climbing. When you do reach the top, hang a right on the fireroad. In about 3 miles of up and downs you'll come to Hummingbird. This 2 mile descent is one of the premier singletracks in So. Cal. The trail was in reasonably good shape but some stretches were overgrown with mustard plants. Fortunately, no ticks on any of us. When at the bottom you can ride the pavement back to Flannagan or cut across the hills.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 11miles Elevation change: 1500-1700'
      Singletrack=50% Dirt Road=50%
      The Big Ship a Weekend Warrior


    • Trail UpdateRocky Peak To Chumash-My girlfriend and I rode Rocky Peak to Chumash on 11-07-99. It was not that crowded for a Sunday afternoon. The climb was grueling as always. The fireroad to Chumash was fun. There were some technical sections on the upper part but all in all it was very fun. The trail was in really good condition, not too many ruts. Half way down the Chumash trail there is a fun jump on the left hand side! Be careful of the turns towards the bottom they are very loose. If you are looking for a good workout and fun loop then these two trails are it. Terry and Vanessa riding a Trek hard tail and a Gary Fisher Level Betty from Simi Valley.
      a Downhiller


    • Trail UpdateGreat Ride!-My son and I rode Chumash last Saturday. For the weekend rider this trail is great, but if you have riden this trail in the past, then you know how much this trail is becoming more like a sidewalk. It would be nice if the hard working people who do the trail maintance kept up the trail and did not tear down the trail. "Making it flat". Otherwize a great trail with several rides to choose from when reaching the top. I'll usually ride to the Hummingbird trail from the top. I recently rode the new trail which exits in the Hope Ranch park and starts near the top of Santa Suanna Road. This trail is good but needs more working in.
      Clif a 38 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Specialized FSR Elite from Simi Valley


    • Trail UpdateBeautiful Ride-Today was a thursday and it was kinda crowded. Their was lots of hikers and moutain bikers, so stay alert! The trail was in pretty good condition, but still as always bumpy from the rocks.I feel that this is the best moutain bike trail in Simi Valley for the intermediate and advanced biker. I would suggest going in the late afternoon or early morning due to the heat. Its all worth it once you get to the top. Going back down is fun as hell! p.s. watch out for snakes.
      Brian a 17 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Scorpio from Simi Valley, Ca


    • Trail UpdateChumash - Simi Valley-Rode this after work yesterday. Some of the tougher spots have been smoothed over with fill in the past month. I have mixed feelings about that. Overall the trail is still a great ride with a couple of mild challenges. There's a few knuckle-heads who are ruining it by not respecting other riders or hikers by riding down it out of control. I had one guy go over his bars trying to stop before he hit me. I'm glad these guys are in the minority. This trail is too narrow to squeeze past someone at full speed. Using Chumash, Rocky Peak, Johnsons Speedway, and Hummingbird, you can make some great loops.
      Steve from California


    • Trail UpdateEric-Much work has been done on this trail reciently for erosion and to widen some parts (which is OK - but I liked the narrow bushey sections). But one technical part close to top was broken down to trail status instead of rocks which leaves only 2 or 3 tough technical parts to get past without dabbing. CAREFUL on blind corners for hikers!
      a Weekend Warrior riding a Y11 from Simi


    • Trail UpdateRode Sunday morning, (11-29) muddy lower half after rain from previous day, is a bit sticky at first, but get's better on the way up.
      Deer tracks can be seen all around and Mountian lion tracks on Rocky Peak Road! Riding down has greaty traction but WATCH OUT for hikers.
      Eric a 41 year old Weekend Warrior riding a Y11 from Simi


    • Trail UpdateChumash/Rocky Peak/Hummingbird-This is by far my favorite mountain bike loop. The ride is about 12.4 miles, and takes approximately an hour and a half if you don't stop. The uphill is extemely challenging especially if you try to ride up the rocks instead of hiking them. Chumash has plenty of ups and downs whether you are going up the trail or down it. The Rocky Peak Road was regraded about 4 weeks ago, and is still soft in some places on the way up to the peak, but the down hills are a blast. Finally Hummingbird is an awesome technical downhill, be careful at the start, the first compression as you start to go up the first hill has been washed out and is very loose sand. After that it is just ruts, rocks, boulders, tight switchbacks, drop outs, rock hopping, and just a lot of fun once you get over the terror of it all.

      Unfortunately someone or some group has been taking a sledge hammer to the trail, and has reduced some of the more challenging obstacles to bike path status. Who ever it is, please knock it off! We would all be better off if you would raise your ability to that of the terrain, rather than reducing the terrain to your ability.

      Singletrack=66% Dirt Road=33%
      Wildman a 46 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Trek 9200 from North Hollywood, CA


    • Trail UpdateCpt.Vortex-this is the best trail in our area great climbs from both directions always challanging never crowded plenty of miles to keep you busy.
      as of today rocky peak has been fire graded so the trail is soft&powdery, after about two weeks from now it will be fast&smooth.
      chumash,hummingbird are awesome single tracts always fast and tech.
      If you ride these trails often your bound to be in great shape, they keep you honest. once at the top views are spectacular all year.
      Singletrack=65% Dirt Road=35%
      cpt.Vortex a 36 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Litespeed from simi/moorpark


    • Trail UpdateKeith Pytlinski-Rode this last weekend. Despite all of this years rain the trail is in great shape. One hike-a-bike section due to a large collection of rocks.

      At the end of this trail you can go right to Rocky Peak or left to what we call sea shells. Sea shells is about another mile of climbing where you will find thousands of fossils. Pretty cool! Keith Pytlinski a 29 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Fisher paragon from Simi Valley Ca URL: Believers on Mountain Bikes


    • Trail UpdateGT Rider-Climb to the top and decend down trail. Watch out for people on the trail. Thursday evenings are very crowded. If you do not obey the trail rules you will lose the use of this trail idiots!
      Singletrack=60% Dirt Road=40%
      a Weekend Warrior


    • Trail UpdateOnce you are there it is up to you where you want to go. There are plenty of hills to climb and many more to go down. If you head in an Easterly direction you will eventually come out on Rocky peak and then you can go down the road or back down where you come from. This trail is the best one out there I think because it is not to easy and really tests if you got the genitals to go down.
      Singletrack=70% Dirt Road=20% Truck Trail=10%
      Luke Ollett a 13 year old Downhiller riding a GT LTS-1 from Simi Valley


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