Explore the most popular trails near Simi Valley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
17 days ago

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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Its a brutal climb to the top with a mountain bike. But well worth it for the view and long descent. The down hill portion is fun, and a little chunky in some parts. But nothing too difficult. Not recommended for beginners though.

Nice quick cheap conditioning hike

fantastic challenge and scenery. good amount of wildlife and bouldering fun.

Intense at the start going up Hummingbird trail but a good long loop. It’s mostly all exposed so start early.

This was a fantastic hike with great views. I hike up this trail and come down the Las Llajas trail, which makes a roughly 9.5 mile loop. Great for a good calorie burn. Bring water.

What a great hike. Started early to avoid heat. Great views and well maintained trails. Thumbs Up

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike. Challenging. The uphill route is steep and nearly vertical at points. The path is dusty, so it can be slippery. This is particularly important on the descent, where footing requires attention. The path is narrow, steep and the fall-off is sheer. The hike offers a great workout. No foliage, so bring sunscreen and a lot of water. The payoff is the walk to the crest of the hill - lovely oaks and a beautiful view. Bonus: we also met a bull! A longhorn that looked like "Ferdinand" come to life!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a good moderate steady uphill climb with great views of Simi Valley and the San Fernando Valley. Just note that when you get to the first fork, head left rather than right to continue up the trail. I had veered right and there are a few scrambly climbs and a viewpoint and beautiful plateau like area with wildflowers, but to continue the trail, go left.

There were a surprising number of people on the trail for a weekday evening and everyone was quite friendly and seemed like experienced because no one seemed taxed.

I started the hike in the evening around 6.20 and wanted to get back before dark so I did not make it all the way to the top, so I definitely am coming back. Surprisingly, other people were starting up the trail around 7.40 so I would love to hear what their experience was like starting the climb an hour before dark!

mountain biking
2 months ago

awesome and adrenaline pumping

If you follow the red trail that is shown, it is a steep and narrow trail. Took our two little kids and it was rough. I don't feel like the hike outlined is the correct one perhaps? We were definitely mislead. Lots of trail options there, but if you follow the red outlined trail, it's not easy and has you take strange paths. Wouldn't recommend for kids.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail for 80+ degree weather! Shaded and very scenic. Only went 2.5 miles given timeframe after work and daylight. Definitely want to go back!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, it did get a bit confusing at times with following the path but with a little bit of exploring I found some red arrows painted on the rock floor, did this hike in about 80° weather and on my own, felt safe and it was pretty enjoyable to see how the path follows on rock for a bit.

nature trips
3 months ago

Great view

hiking
3 months ago

Nice 4 miles with a loop. Pretty views. Lots of wildflowers and birds. But also a lot of BEES, bikers, and lizards. Went late morning on a Sunday and saw only a handful of other hikers. No parking lot, just a dirt pull out, and No port-o-johns.

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy loop, even first .7 miles to the top, under 12 mins.
4.4 miles @3.9 mph 1:07
It's a very short loop, had to add a little extra mileage, took to Westlake Blvd and back to the loop, bring it to 4.4 miles. Still short with add. It's beautiful in the spring when its green, not so much now that it's dead and brown. Nice wide trails makes it easy to spot snakes well ahead of time on warmer days. No shade on this trail. There are several trails in this area that link together, make your own route...

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked all the way to the Chumash trail and back. It turned out to be 8 miles for me. Great views once it cleared up. Got there at 5:30am on a Saturday and there was quite a few cars parked already. There more parking across the bridge.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail and the incline to the top is a great work out and challenge. Lots of hawks circling overhead. Hills are still green and beautiful. I went up another 1.5 miles on the Rocky Peak trail. Just an awesome hike and workout.

Great trail and the incline is great leg work out.

hiking
3 months ago

loved the hike. we took the hard way up but once you get there, its so worth it. specially at night

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail. 4.7 miles from the parking lot, 1:16 at 3.8 mph average hiking pace. Stay left a 1st fork. I did the loop counter clockwise. A couple short semi steep hills at very beginning of the trail and at the end of the loop, the rest is easy. Not a lot of scenery, urban views. Horses use the trail, watch out for droppings and lazy dog owner droppings. Good short workout. Probably prettier when it's green

on Las Llajas Trail

trail running
4 months ago

Nice 9 mile loop. I started on Las Llajas and ended with the Chumash Trail. Las Llajas is a smooth fire road while Chumash is a technical single track so plenty of variety plus great views.

The weather was great for a hike. We parked our car behind the museum in the parking lot and walked up the fire road passed by The Village. There was no trail sign so we just kept following the fire road. Eventually we got lost and wound up at the top of Long Canyon Trail. We couldn't figure out the loop so we just came back the same way completing 5.7 miles by the end. Conclusion: take a map with you. The GPS didn't work well.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is amazing. The views go on as far as the eye can see. I felt like the further back on the trail I went the more beautiful the scenery was. Well worth the climb!

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty in the spring, after rains. Wildflowers. Kind of steep in some places on the way up. About a mile up you arrive at an expansive field with offshoot trails. Dog, kid and mountain bike friendly. Plenty of parking at entrance.

hiking
4 months ago

Like this trail a lot and it has become my regular trail, very pretty. Very overgrown right now on the trail that runs parallel to Long Canyon Road - I hope they trim it back because you are brushing up against all the grass and bushes through that part. And a big heads up - it's tick season! I pulled 3 off my dog today and had 1 fall out of my shirt when I came home and was changing. Also, lots of fox tails right now on all the dry grass. It was an expensive trip to the vet to have one removed from my dog's ear canal. No, you cannot see it inside the ear - but your dog will be shaking their head.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail. At a slow pace about 90 minutes. Lots of birds. Also look for the seashell fossils in the rocks.

Beautiful views with wildflowers in spring. The trail transitions aren’t intuitive - I wouldn’t have figured out the transition from the Chumash trail to the Hummingbird trail without a map.

Love this hiking trail. There even is a tire swing if you can be adventurous and find it.. ps. it’s near the area where the post shows you “who was here first, the rock or the tree”

hiking
4 months ago

As much a climb as it is a hike. I would say it’s unique in that way as compared to most hikes in and around the area. Great views and certainly you get a workout on this one.

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