Chumash Trail

MODERATE 113 reviews
#3 of 7 trails in

Chumash Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Simi Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1102 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Great vistas of the city below, interesting sandstone formations, beautiful Red Dead Redemption views and sounds. Look for snakes, lizards and few people on trail. No shade ever. This is a pleasant hike, particularly during the spring when the hills are green and wildflowers are out. Be forewarned that the trail is a sustained uphill trek. There are several spectacular vistas where you can look out over the city of Simi Valley and on a clear day you can even see the Channel Islands. It's not unusual to see hawks circling above and even a deer once in a great while. This trail is also used by mountain bikers so keep a heads up for the speedy downhill riders.

hiking
13 days ago

Good steady incline on this trail. The trail does get really narrow once you get about a mile in so we found it more difficult to let people and mountain bikers pass us with our two large dogs. Would probably not take the dogs on this trail again.

hiking
13 days ago

I prefer running as much of the trail as possible. Only reason for the 3 stars is this is not a runners trail, too many rocks and shrubs to twist an ankle on. I ran half and walked half and made it from the Chumash up to rocky peak and back in 2 hours so it’s at least a quick outing.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Fun trail to ride. Many technical portions. Great views and well maintained trails.

Pretty much all uphill, wanted to turn back a few times but made it to the top. I felt amazing on the way down!

hiking
3 months ago

Great time with my daughters, blew the Shofar on Feasts of Trumpets and a fellow hiker said he heard it a long way off...

4 months ago

Great trail

mountain biking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Go early (7 am in summer) for some shady spots along the trail

7 months ago

Nice trail, it has some a good elevation change. No shade at all, so sunblock is a must have.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Tried the steep route w a gf and flat route w my 1yr old on my back.
By far best trail.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Every weekend chumash trail hike

10 months ago

it was an amazing trail walk in the great chumash

10 months ago

Amazingggg!!!!

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

excellent hike. clear trails. I did need my GPS to stay on the trail.

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

I love this hike.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

For MTBing I'd rate the trail mrore towards the hard side. It's a continuous climb towards the top and in some areas it is fairly steep. IF your fitness levels aren't up to par you will struggle mightily with the climb. The singletrack descent near the top where it meets Rocky Peak Trail is pretty technical and I would rate it as hard. After that the trail widens and it becomes rather easy even for a novice. There's not too many blind corners so you should have ample room to see others on the trail and slow down. The trail is on the side of a mountain so if you go off of it you're going to have a bad time.

hiking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Steep but phenomenal lookouts! Periodic benches to sit, catch your breath, and take in the view. Love it!

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

This is a nice trail with nice views at the top. There is no shade so in the summer early morning or late afternoon hiking is recommended.

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