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Rocky Peak Trail - San Fernando Valley

When: 10/29/2017
9:00 - 11:30 AM
Where: San Fernando Valley
United States
Contact: Andi Ackerman

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The LACPA Hiking Club Presents:
A hike at the northwest corner of the San Fernando Valley with expansive views of the San Fernando Valley (often all the way to downtown) and of Simi Valley.  Hike the Rocky Peak Trail along the fire road that stretches from its base at the 118 freeway to the top of the ridge, nearly to the top at Rocky Peak, the high point of this sandstone ridge.
The total distance for the hike will be ~ 5.6 miles and will take approximately 2 1/2 hours.
Sunday, October 29 at 9:00 AM
Meet at the trailhead just off the 118 Freeway west at the Santa Susana Pass/Rocky Peak offramp.  (See directions below if coming east on the 118 from Simi Valley and Ventura County.)
RSVP to Andi Ackerman  andiackerman@aol.com.  We wait for those who have RSVP'ed.   Please call 818.426.0674 day of the hike if you need help getting there or have changed your mind.
RatingThis hike is rated moderate.   The ascent begins immediately on the dirt fire road slanting uphill from the parking lot and continues at a moderate incline for about 1.5 miles - a good workout.  There is a brief drop followed by another mile of ascent as the fire road heads to the top of the ridge, the highest elevation, and the most glorious of the views.  Hiking boots are recommended but not essential, though this is a sandstone trail so it can be more rocky and slippery than some. The trail is open with no shade, so sunscreen and a hat are recommended if the weather is warm.  Water is a must, and a snack for the trail is suggested.  
DirectionsFrom the San Fernando Valley, take the 118 Freeway west and exit at the Santa Susana Pass/Rocky Peak offramp.  If there is space available, you can park in the small dirt lot at the right.  If not, cross over the freeway and park on the other side and walk back.  We will meet at the small dirt lot.  If you are coming eastbound on the 118 from Simi Valley and Ventura County, there is no eastbound offramp at the pass.  Instead, exit 118 at Kuehner Drive and go south on Kuehner.  Kuehner bends east and becomes Santa Susan Pass Road.  Continue to the top of the pass and cross north over the freeway to the trailhead parking area.  This is a popular trail for hikers and mountain bikers, so it is unlikely that you will find parking in the small lot. Again, cross back over the freeway and park on the south side where there is street parking.  
Parking: See the directions above regarding where to park. There is no fee for parking in the small dirt lot or on the street across the freeway. 
More Info.:  Our trainer loves this hike both for its continuous climb and its expansive views.  Luckily, he won't be with us to demand lunges, push-ups and body builders along the way.    My husband and I prefer it for the views!  Dogs on leashes are welcome on this trail.  This trail is probably too challenging for children (unless they love to hike).  As always, bring sunscreen, water and a snack for the trail.  A hat is recommended if the weather is warm as there is no shade.  
Andrea Ackerman, Ph.D.

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