With the exception on 3 or 4 tall bushes, there is no shade so it is advised to bring plenty of water and apply sunscreen beforehand. It doesn't get too hot because of the wind. I would say average hiker appropriate because of some stress on your legs do to the elevation. You can make a full circle or even connect to Simi Valley but it is long.
The ride up was very demanding, very technical. If you've climbed Chumash and Long Canyon...combine the two and you get China Flat Trail. The descent made it all worth it. Glad I rode it during this time of year..probably won't be a ride I would do past 9am in the summer. Hot.
this is a beautiful spot you will share with mountain bikers. the meadows are stunning, green (springtime) and you will have many options. you can take it all the way to the chesboro trail or up to Simi Peak. love this area. its not at all challenging but a wonderful mellow hike.
I'm a novice hiker so I found this hike challenging but fun. Its a steady 2.0 mile climb to the flats. Rocky and uneven terrain with beautiful views. I loved it. I continued on walking past the flats towards agoura hills and then turned around. Bring plenty of water and wear good shoes. Enjoy
Steady climb at the beginning for about 1.5 miles then you will reach the flats. There are a few turn offs that aren't marked so if you are trying to make it to Simi Peak, have a printout map so you know where to go. Not recommended in the heat, not much shade. I found it a little boring. Lots of mountain bikers, but they are all so polite that it was such a pleasure to share the trail.
Svb25 .. on China Flat Trail
Began at the China Flats trailhead just beyond King James Court, Parked on Lindero. It was a great hike. Weather was optimal on this Fall day, about 65-70 degrees. Took the loop but not until we realized the flats are not part of the actual loop. We had to double back but that's ok... It is really pretty up there. The descent was pretty steep and I really felt it on my knees even with my walking sticks. Will definitely do this hike again but do the loop in reverse to feel the steep ascent and burn! Would not do that hike on a warm day though. Little to no shade. Take lots of water. ENJOY!!! I did...
Highly recommend making it to simi peak. The view is amazing and there are some wonderful butterflies when you get to the top. The flats are a work of art and really makes you appreciate the isolation. Stay left on the paths! And don't forget to leave a nice travelers word in the log book.