Rocky Peak Trail

Simi Valley, California 93065

Distance6.1mi
Elevation Gain3,683ft
Trailhead Elevation1,597ft
Top2,668ft
Elevation Min/Max1597/2668ft
Elevation Start/End1597/1597ft

Rocky Peak Trail

Rocky Peak Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Simi Valley, California. It is 6.1 miles long and begins at 1,597 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,683 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Hummingbird Trail, Johnson Motorway, Las Llajas Canyon Trail and Chumash Trail.

Rocky Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A rugged hike to the third-highest point in the Santa Susana Mountains on a beautiful, well-traveled trail. Much of the area here was former ranch land.

This route has spectacular views of the San Fernando Valley, Simi Hills, and Santa Monica Mountains on clear, cool days as well as an unusual, boulder-ridden landscape that’s fairly reminiscent of areas farther out in the Mojave Desert. Note that parking on the freeway overpass is prohibited and enthusiastically enforced."

"In 1990 the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy entered negotiations with entertainer Bob Hope to purchase Rocky Peak Park—a 4369-acre parcel of land overlooking the Simi and San Fernando valleys.

Today, the entire spread—long locked up in private ownership and more recently threatened by creeping suburbia— welcomes hikers and bikers who can start their trip, conveniently enough, at the end of a freeway offramp."

"Located where California Highway 118 passes between the San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley. Highlights: Fun technical singletrack down the Chumash Trail. Rock formations and lookouts along Rocky Peak. Hazards: Rattlesnakes, mountain lions and steep cliffs off Chumash Trail."

"The Rocky Peak Trail is in the picturesque Simi Hills, known for wonderful sandstone formations. This wide fire road is popular with cyclists and hikers and has excellent views of the San Fernando and Simi Valleys. Runners will find this course challenging with two steep climbs leading to the summit ridge. Connections to several other trails create excellent opportunities for longer courses."

"The Rocky Peak Trail is on the east side of Simi Valley by Santa Susana Pass. The uphill hike follows a winding fire road to Rocky Peak. From the peak are top-of-the-world views of the San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley, and the many peaks of the Los Padres National Forest. The trail is surrounded by dramatic sandstone formations and a continuous series of vista points with views in every direction."

"This 6.6-mile loop has a lot of pavement riding. But its singletrack portion is so delicious, it's worth the sacrifice. Starting mere yards off of CA 188 in the Simi Hills, this trail immediately begins grinding up steep Rocky Peak Road. The builders of this road seem to have known how desperate riders would be for an excuse to take a break from the climb, as there's a bench on a vista and a dark little cave within the first mile. But the real attraction then takes over as you start descending the Hummingbird Trail. The rock formations are as sweet as sugar water until you leave the hillside behind and ride out into a primitive dirt parking lot. Scenery includes otherworldly volcanic rock outcroppings and views of the Santa Monica and Santa Susana Mountains."

"Rocky Peak Park is aptly named for the dramatic sandstone formations, fractured boulders, overhangs, and outcroppings. The 4,815-acre wilderness park is located in Simi Valley by Santa Susana Pass. The park is a critical wildlife habitat linkage between the Simi Hills and the Santa Susana Mountains. Rocky Peak Trail follows a winding fire road on the north side of the 118 freeway to Rocky Peak, which lies on the Los Angeles-Ventura county line. There are a series of vista points along the route and at the jagged 2,714-foot peak, including top-of-the-world views of the San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley, the Santa Monica Mountains, and the many peaks of the Los Padres National Forest."

"One conservation success story is the preservation of Runkle Ranch, now Rocky Peak Park. The park, which straddles the Los Angeles-Ventura county line, sets aside some much-needed parkland for fast-growing Simi Valley. The rocks of Rocky Peak are sandstone outcroppings that geologists say were formed some 65 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era. Besides its namesake promontory, 4,369-acre Rocky Peak Park includes Las Llajas and Blind canyons. These canyons have two of the most pleasant seasonal streams in the mountains. After a good rain, waterfalls cascade down the canyons. Until purchased by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in 1991, the Rocky Peak area was owned by entertainer Bob Hope."

"Although it requires quiet a bit of pavement riding to fashion a loop, this ride combines a steep-but not too long-climb with a challenging, but fun, singletrack descent through some great rock outcroppings and with views of the San Fernando and Simi Valleys."

Rocky Peak Trail Reviews

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8/1/2005
The trail is really nice. Huge uphill the scenery is very nice and if you are looking for aerobic exercise also this trail could be 4 stars.
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7/21/2004
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Trail Information

Simi Valley
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
Local Contacts
USGS Simi Valley East
Local Maps