“A 2.5 mi/3500 ft. loop that takes you through Sunset Hills Open Space and Woodridge Open space”
— MTB Project Staff
You get a little bit of everything in this ride: steep climbs, hike-a-bikes, fast singletracks, wide fire roads, packed dirt and rocky technical sections. In addition, you get beautiful panoramic view of Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and the mountain ranges around the area.
All the trails in this ride are well maintained and are in good condition (as of December 2015).
You'll encounter more hikers on some trails (Sunset Loop and Long Canyon Trail
) than other, more remote trails (for example, between Sunset Hills and Woodridge).
Something that I've noticed after riding on these trails several times now: it's ALWAYS windy and during summer and fall the trails are covered with tumble weed. The tumble weed loves blocking the trails and it could be a pain ins the a**! Especially when you get all its little thrones stuck in your socks.
Need to Know
Always windy at the high points of this ride and tumble weed is blocking the trails in the summer and fall. Hike-a-bike in 2-3 short sections.
Park at the Sunset Hills trailhead off Erbes Road. The trail start climbing up the ridge and in some point you'll start following the fence line of a right -of-way. I'm guessing its to prevent people from getting closer to the water reservoir. The climb could be difficult at times, and you might have to get off your saddle and walk your bike through some sections, but that doesn't last that long.
After about 2.5 mile you'll get into the Woodridge trail and Woodridge open space. From here and on the route goes up and down through fire roads, city streets and single tracks. You really can make you own route and pick some other fire roads to follow because there are so many to choose from!
This trail has many opportunities to stop and admire the views. I'm sure it's much prettier at the end of winter and spring when every thins is green.