Chumash - Trail, Simi Valley, California

Chumash - Trail, Simi Valley, California

DESCRIPTION

From trailhead, Chumash climbs to the ridge of the Simi Hills. The trail is mostly single-track with some rocky and loose (sandy) sections. The top of the trail comes out at the Rocky Peak Trail. Go right to get to Hummingbird or Rocky Peak/118.

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[Aug 17, 2011]
John
Cross Country Rider

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John

Customer Service

Sycamore Backbone section

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Backbone off Kanan, Wildwood off Avenida de los Arboles, Chesebro

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4
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3
[Aug 10, 2011]
James Foresight
Weekend Warrior

I LOVE chumash trail. It starts all the way on the PCH. Here is a video of a man who ran up the whole trail!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmQUWRXHzQ4

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5
VALUE
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4
[Dec 05, 2009]
robopopp
Weekend Warrior

Rode this trail for the first time today. Rode up from trailhead on Flanagan. Immediate climbing, no warm up. Great trail to ride, some pretty substantial climbing with loose soil, rocks, etc. Great trail to ride. 2.6 miles to Rocky Peak Road. Make sure you have some fitness to begin with, your lungs and heart rate will be put ot the test. Loved every bit of it.

Customer Service

Ran into a lot of riders descending this trail from Rocky Peak. Good loop from here and east on Rocky Peak Rd to Hummingbird Trail. But that is another story.

Similar Products Used:

Rocky Peak Road and Hummingbird Trail

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4
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5
[Jun 02, 2004]
westcoastchopperz17
Weekend Warrior

This trail id awesome if you have a full suspension bike. The top has some nice technical parts, but not too difficult. It's mainly a fast singletrack the whole way down. There were some washed out spots and sandy areas last time I rode it about a week ago. And becareful coming down because there is a lot of exposure from the fires last October. Tons of hickers on this trail. All in all this is an awesome trail that a decent rider can do.

Customer Service

Up Rocky Peak Down Chumash. If you do this in the summer start real early because it gets hot real quick and there isn't any shade.

Similar Products Used:

Hummingbird, Rocky Peak

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5
VALUE
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4
[Nov 05, 1998]
Robert Van den Heuvel

This trail is used by intermediate and advanced riders in the local vicinity. It is pretty hard going up for a beginner, and offers a good solid workout for intermediate to advanced riders. Nice variation in terrain, turns, logs, views of Simi Valley/West SF Valley. At the bottom entrance there are also a number of smaller beginner trails.

Customer Service

Enter at cul-de-sac entrance of Flanagan Rd.

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Smaller beginner trails between Kuhner Drive and Yosemite Avenue to the North of the Freeway (118). There is one big hill leading from the Chumash area down to this spot, after which there are several small trails for a half mile in every direction and lots of small areas for jumping and having fun. This area is privately owned and patrolled but I've never been stopped.

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3
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[Nov 16, 1998]
Kevin S

The fire road has been graded since I last rode it so it's really easy to ride but steep in spots. Beautiful views from the top, esp. at sunset. The Chumash trail is fast and fun with a few rocky spots to keep you honest. Great intermediate level ride, under 2 hours with just enough climbing to make you better.

BTW, I've heard this trail almost got closed to mountain bikers. It's popular with the local hikers and they keep it in good shape, so don't bomb the blind corners and let 'em enjoy their day on the trail too!

Customer Service

From the westbound 118 freeway, exit at Rocky Peak, the trail head is just to the north of the freeway. I like to do this trail as loop, climbing up the Rocky Peak fire road to the top then flying down to Santa Suzanna. Zig zag your way from the bottom of the trail through the development to Santa Suzanna Pass Rd, which leads east to your car.

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Don't know of any, does anyone? Where does the Rocky Peak fire road go beyond the Chumash Trail?

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4
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[Jan 10, 1999]
Vince

This is a great ride requiring up to 1 1/2 hours of saddle time. Best done in early spring or late fall (winter if weather permits) as it can get pretty hot.

Customer Service

Take the Yosemite trailhead option. Climb Chumash. Go right on Rocky Peak. after a couple of miles keep your eyes open for Johnson on your left. Descend on Johnson. Climb back up Johnson. Left on Rocky Peak. Right on Hummingbird. Either have a second car waiting or take the side streets back to Yosemite.

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4
VALUE
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[Jul 30, 1999]
DAN

Chumash is a solid climb with some advanced rocky technical spots mostly in the last 1/3 of the ride. Hummingbird is a fun technical descent, good for advanced riders. If you want a real challenge try climbing up Hummingbird-prepared to get worked if you do!

Customer Service

I would suggest going up Chumash, hanging a right on Rocky Peak fireroad and taking it to Hummingbird and riding that down.Once you reach the bottom you can cut through the hills back to Flannagan Street where you parked without having to ride the streets but there is a lot of construction going on.I haven't seen anyone trying to prevent riders from using this shortcut-yet. If you want some extra riding try Johnson's motorway, which branches off the Rocky Peak fireroad.

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4
VALUE
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[May 04, 2000]
Harpo

This Is approximately a 16 mile loop, but feels much longer. I rode this route on 4/28/00 and the fire department was bulldoseing Rocky Peak Rd. from the trailhead to the top of Rocky Peak. This made an already strenuous hill climb almost impossible. They really tore up the road. Lots of holes where rocks used to be and loose dirt that needs to be re-packed. Luckily it is only about two miles up Rocky Peak to the Hummingbird cutoff.

Hummingbird is a steep and technical singletrack with plenty of switchbacks, drop-ins and rocks. I have yet to ride this without a few dabs. Be especially cautious of hikers on the weekends, they are looking for any excuse they can find to close this trail to bikers! Most bikers will be riding down this trail not up.

After you cross Kuehner it can be tricky to find your way over to the start of Chumash. It is mostly double track fireroad with one section that was once paved but has since been plowed over. There is a couple of good climbs. Just keep the Cemetary to your left side at all times. There will be a water tower on your right when you hit the crest and a paved road that takes you down to the trailhead at Flanagan St.

Chumash Trail is a somewhat stenuous hillclimb that gets really technical towards the top. Again lots of rock gardens and step-ups. I have yet to ride clean up this due to the fact my legs are about spent by this point in the ride. Always be alert for riders descending on this trail, it can be narrow with shear drops off the side of the trail.

Rocky Peak back to Hummingbird is mostly rollercoaster fireroad with one long sceaming descent that was ruined thanks to the bulldoser work being done.

One last try to have a clean run down Hummingbird. Although your legs will be shot, it is possible to make the step-up onto the face of the huge sandstone rock. I'm still not sure about that rock shoot that goes right between the boulders, I think my bars are to wide!

This ride is not for beginners. The hillclimbs are steep and the downhills are technical. Be sure to bring plenty of water and a buddy.

Customer Service

I like to start at Kuehner Dr. and the 118 freeway and ride in a big figure eight. Take Kuehner to the old Pass Rd. to the Rocky Peak trailhead. This is a nice paved, center chainring warm-up, to get you ready for the real hill climbing. Take Rocky Peak fireroad to Hummingbird Trail. This screamin downhill singletrack takes you back to where you parked your car. Continue across Kuehner Rd. behind the remains of an old house to a fun little singletrack that flows though a canyon and tees into a fireroad. Turn right and follow the fireroad around the back of the new cemetary and it will eventually take you to the Chumash trailhead on Flanagan St. Take Chumash Tr. back up to Rocky Peak Rd. Turn right at the top and take Rocky Peak back to Hummingbird. One more time down Hummingbird and you are back at your car.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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[May 24, 2000]
Matt

I ride this area 3-4 days a week, average riders can have fun but may get winded getting to the top.
Remember we are look at as the bad guys, we don't want to keep that reputation. We can still be fast and safe.
ENJOY!!!!

Customer Service

All the suggested starts and ends are great. This is a fun ride but as stated by another riders, this trail is under the eye due to those that do not respect others on the trail. Please be cool and avoid the trail on Thursday eve. due to a hiking club. If you are riding Thursday it is O.K. to climb Chumash but go down one of the other trails.
Try hiking a trail and see how spooky it can be having a rider comming up on you at 30mph

Similar Products Used:

Switchbacks in T.O. (South end of Moorpark Rd)

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3
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