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Simi Peak Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Simi Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,486 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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over grown

rocky

scramble

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Directions from Agoura Hills, CA: Travel US 101 / Ventura Freeway to Cheesebro Road, which carries you to the entrance to the Canyons. Proceed to parking lot. The trail may be accessed from Palo Comado Canyon or Cheeseboro Canyon trails.

rock climbing
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

First foray on a "hard' trail. Pleasantly surprised to find out it wasn't that bad. Couple steep areas, loose rock, but when you get to the flag it's a real feeling of accomplishment.

hiking
no shade
rocky
22 days ago

23 days ago

Good beginner trail with a quick gain from Hillcrest Dr. Best to hike after a rain to avoid crumbling rock/sandy condition. 100 petcent, exposed so definitely bring a hat. This is also an interesting hike to walk backwards (near the top of each section) to work the calves.

hiking
no shade
25 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Had a blast on this trail. Definitely recommend checking it out.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

A bit tricky in some places where the trail is slick rock faces. Worth it for the view at the top. The peak is windy so hang onto hats and phones.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Overall a really pleasant hike. Started at 7am and was done by 9:30am and I tacked on the China Flats loop since It was right there. It worked out to just over 6 miles. Plenty of incline for the first mile and half. The China Flats are serene and it is very quiet through that stretch until you make the last part of the ascent. Peak was windy but the views were outstanding in every direction. You may want poles for the way down if you choose to pack on the back half of the China Flats loop. Only passed a handful of people on the way down and not a single person on the way up. Parking is on the street right at the trailhead. I will definitely be back for more.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day for this trail, even though the trail had some wear due to the rain, it was perfectly passable. I originally just set out to do the China Flat loop but once I saw the snowy mountains to the north, I knew I had to hit the peak. It was a full 360 degree view of snowy mountains, the ocean and the channel islands.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This is definitely a challenge for a novice hiker. But so worth it, the 360 view and the flag. There is also an amazing breeze when you make it to the peak. Highly recommend. Street parking in a neighborhood. I went on a Tuesday morning barely anyone on the trail. So parking could be an issue on the weekend.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

I started at a different trail head unintentionally, but it was the same trail so it was going to the same place. China flat trail is rocky and pretty much clear, Simi Valley peak trail is overgrown and don’t forget your bug spray. There is a flag at the top which is pretty cool

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Love this hike! However I took it from Long Canyon in Simi Valley. Definitely longer than 5.2...from Long Canyon you're looking close to 10 miles. But worth it. However once you get to the Simi Peak trail keep your lookout for a side trail that will lead you to the actual Peak! So easy to miss. Once you hit the Peak there will be a Peak Marker and a flag. The views are breathtaking and it's a complete 360 view....

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
over grown
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

This is a really good workout and very fun. The ground is uneven and quite rocky, at times. You do have to go through a lot of tall brush and grass for the first maybe 10-15% of the hike but then it opens up. There were lots of caterpillars, birds and grasshoppers. I even saw a gopher snake right at the very beginning. They are harmless. The peak seems really high and the view is pretty awesome actually, even though there’s a major road and neighborhoods in it. Other parts of the trail you are completely surrounded by nature. There are many different types of environments on this hike. Bring lots of water. There is very little shade. It was Saturday, late morning, and I only encountered a few people. I personally think this should be rated hard, but I’m kind of new to this!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful vistas abound while hiking this trail. A bit rocky and slippery in areas of soft sandstone along the way. China Flat area was full of wildflowers along with the burnt remnants of the shrubs. Charred oak trees are coming back to life after the big fire last year. Tremendous 360 views from atop Simi Peak. We were able to see the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.

hiking
10 months ago

It’s pretty good hike, good uphill climb. Once you get to China flat it’s vey serene and relaxing. The view at the top is amazing. Stay on trail, definitely take water as there is not much shade. Uphill is bit exerting but fun.

hiking
10 months ago

Challenging but fun trail to Simi Peak. The first mile or so is steep and rocky. China Flats smooths our and is a very peaceful oak covered meadow area. Simi Peak provides views of Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Agoura, San Fernando Valley, and the Channel Islands. Highly recommended hike. Take water.

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2018

This route has three sections. King James Court ( a street name) to the top of Dead Cow/China flats trail. Top of Dead Cow into China Flats itself. China Flats up to Simi Peak. We left at 7:30am and out by 10:15 am on an 89 degree high day. Always good to start early out here and bring plenty of water when it's warm and more when it's hot. Ok for dogs if they are experienced hikers with proven (reiterate, proven) time over distance and elevation. If not, leave them home. You can always shorten this hike and just go to the top of Dead Cow (which is what this trail is locally referred to from King James Court to the first top out before you go into China Flats and return. Great views. Not sure where these guys are telling you to leave from Cheseboro Parking lot. You'll be miles off course. Leave from the cul-de-sac at King James Court or alternately from the map they provided.

hiking
Sun Apr 15 2018

Excellent trail. Once you pass the initial incline, you go through beautiful flats with tons of flowers, oak trees, and shade. Gorgeous views from the peak. Not very busy/noisy. Hidden gem.

hiking
Mon Jan 01 2018

Good workout but the view is well worth it once you get to the top. On a clear day, views are 125mi+

hiking
Sun Oct 29 2017

The view from the top extends to the San Fernando Valley and you can see both Westlake and Simi Valley. I could have probably seen further as described elsewhere but the air pollution was a bit thick. It was difficult mainly due to the heat with almost no shade the first half of the trail.

hiking
Sun Aug 28 2016

Nice hike. Little bit tough in the heat, but overall not to bad. Nice views and cool geology on the way up.

hiking
Sat Feb 22 2014

One of my favorites in the Conejo Valley. Make sure you attempt the Secret Passage which will require some scrambling and actual climbing of rocks. Fun! Great views of the SF Valley up to Santa Barbara oit to Channel Islands. Start at Lang Ranch Oakbrook Trail. Peaceful and challenging.

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