Las Llajas Trail is a 9.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Simi Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great mountain and city views, lovely little stream, oaks The trail starts out on the Chumash Trail moving steadily upward for 2.6 miles with interesting rock formations, great views of the city, and somewhat barren hillsides, the result of a fire a few years ago. Bear left at the junction with Rocky peak fire road and follow the ridge line for 1.5 miles to a connector trail to the Las Llajas Trail, Look for fossils after you crest the top of the grade. Head down Las Llajas canyon, with a nice little creek to your left and an occasional cluster of oaks to shade your way. The Las Llajas trail terminates on Evening Sky Drive. Go left on Evening Star until it dead ends, then go through the gate to a short connector trail the leads back to the Chumash Trailhead. Keep a heads up for mountain bikers flying down the trail on this hike!
It's weird that this trail is rated Hard when Chumash is rated moderate and that is the most difficult aspect . The actual Las Llajas trail is a very wide fireroad of moderate incline. You'll approach a fork in the road about 3.5 miles in. To the left is private property so you must head to the right up the semi paved road. This is where the trail starts a steeper ascent. Still a wide fireroad up until you connect to Rocky Peak. Scenery is quite nice and affords views of the Santa Clarita valley.
There is more to this trail than just the loop! I did the steam shovel hike. 1.5 hour hike to steam shovel. 1.5 miles back. 3 hours total. Look for shells on the mountain! Bring lots of water! The view at the top is amazing! How did that steam shovel get up there???!!! Careful not to turn an ankle on loose rocks. Someone should mark the tiny trail that takes you up the mountain! It's a hard trail to find if you have never been there before. Leave before sunset or you will be walking home in the dark!!!
Great loop. Bring lots of water and wear comfy shoes & socks. Well maintained fire road.
Great trail, will do many more times.
Better views than just doing Chumash trail.
I went hiking by myself this morning at 7. Other than 3 runners who were there only at the beginning , I was the only one on the trail until 4 miles out after leaving the Chumash trail. It was great. In addition to being alone, it was completely foggy so was very surreal.
great hike. you can hike this trail in easy mode as I did from chumash to the trail end or you can start at the other ran for an easy start and hard finish. Beautiful trail well groomed and some amazing scenery. its nice to get fresh air.
I hiked this with some friends last weekend. Beautiful hike- nice scenery. Around mid point, there are beautiful Oak trees which seems so green and beautiful against otherwise dry and barren background. Will sure do this again. We started from Flanigan dr on Yosemite. Trail info says elevation gain as 2669 feet but it is no more than 1500 feet in my opinion/experience.
I would say this is a tough trail. It has a few gnarly inclines. I almost went through all three liters in my camelbak, so make sure you bring plenty to drink. Great view of the sunset over Simi. Other than that, the scenery isn't very impressive. I was out on the trail after sunset (thank goodness I had my headlamp). It was very peaceful and awesome seeing all the lights of the city. Took me three and a half hours to complete it, so be prepared to hike.